Northern Power Women Podcast

Northern Power Women Podcast

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Each month we will bring you no holds barred discussion on the biggest issues that affect our careers and lives. You'll hear from an individual at the top of their game on the challenges they faced and the mistakes they made along the way. And in Ask The Hive, if you are facing an obstacle or a problem in your career, you'll have a chance to get some superb advice from people who've been there and come out the other side.

Episodes

The Elephant in the Zoom

As things start to return to normal in some places, or at least open up, Sam and Simone discuss the conflicting emotions many of us are experiencing and the fact that not only has lockdown resulted in vast inequalities across the business world, but that it's imperative that all our voices are now heard as new policies and practices are being formed. There's tales of a new post-corona lexicon as well as questions over why women and men's sport are coming through the crisis differently. And this week the brilliant Adrienne Kelbie shares her Life Lessons.   Tell us your stories of work and life in these strange times or share your life lessons! podcast@northernpowerwomen.com Presented by Simone Roche and Sam Walker    
01/06/2021m 40s

The Coronacoaster

There are celebrations this week as Sam and Simone discuss the nomination that the Northern Power Women podcast has received in the British Podcast Awards! The difficult up and down feelings we have all been experiencing over the past few weeks has been officially named by Northern Power Woman Lara Morgan – the Coronacoaster!   Sam and Simone discuss the anxiety that many parents are dealing with following announcements that schools in the UK are to go back in some areas – how also do you deal with your children being concerned? Listener Sephina got in touch to ask how to react when a colleague steals an idea from you at work. And this week the brilliant Sarah Waddington shares her Life Lessons.   Tell us your stories of work and life in these strange times or share your life lessons! podcast@northernpowerwomen.com Presented by Simone Roche and Sam Walker    
25/05/2019m 51s

No feeling is final

Sam and Simone discuss the slow return to work for many individuals and companies and how cities and rural areas will have different challenges to overcome. As lockdown starts to lift in Arizona, Sam visited a restaurant and talks about the extensive safety measures that had been put in place. Listener Stacey got in touch to ask how to deal with negative feelings that so many of us are experiencing during this time and the pair discuss how it’s so important to allow yourself to feel everything – both good and bad, with a little help from the poet Rilke.   And Life Lessons come all the way from Australia – via Liverpool with Karen Thompson from Communicate U.  Tell us your stories of work and life in these strange times or share your life lessons!  Mail podcast@northernpowerwomen.com Presented by Simone Roche and Sam Walker
18/05/2020m 22s

Travelling Without Moving

Simone has been on a virtual tour of the length and breadth of the North this week and shares some of the tips and advice that she's heard from senior leaders, from self-care to embracing future change and accepting now, that we are all writing history. The pair discuss Zoom invasions and how you can stop this happening on your calls and what to do when you really don't want "video on" Plus Marnie Millard, Group Chief Executive of Nicols PLC shares her life lessons.  Tell us your stories of work and life in these strange times or share your life lessons!  Mail podcast@northernpowerwomen.com Presented by Simone Roche and Sam Walker  
11/05/2017m 57s

When the plates stop spinning...

Sam confesses to a massive personal fail in the work / life / home / school juggling act that we're all experiencing in lockdown. Simone shares some tips in how to stay motivated from her conversations from around the Northern Power Women network and they discuss how to switch off from work when your home is your office. Plus Alex Miles, Managing Director of West Yorkshire Learning Providers shares her life lessons.  Tell us your stories of work and life in these strange times or share your life lessons!  Mail podcast@northernpowerwomen.com Presented by Simone Roche and Sam Walker  
04/05/2021m 28s

It's a rollercoaster: Work/Life balance during lockdown

Simone and Sam talk about work life balance during lockdown and the need for us all to give ourselves a break! Simone digs into the effects of female leadership during Covid-19 and Sam highlights the political divisions amplified by recent anti-lockdown protests in the USA Plus Sam White, CEO of Freedom Services Group shares her life lessons.  Tell us your stories of work and life in these strange times or share your life lessons!  Mail podcast@northernpowerwomen.com Presented by Simone Roche and Sam Walker  
27/04/2020m 47s

How much is life going to change?

Simone and Sam discuss what your working life or business may look like post-lockdown.  What can you do now to start to pivot? They celebrate some positive changes they have noticed, including the wonderful attitude of Captain Tom. There's more news of your lockdown hobbies - plus some crazy Corona dreams! Plus Advita Patel shares her life lessons.  Tell us your stories of work and life in these strange times or share your life lessons!  Mail podcast@northernpowerwomen.com Presented by Simone Roche and Sam Walker  
20/04/2022m 19s

Celebrations and Guilty Pleasures

Simone discusses the need to celebrate our achievements during these tough times, however big and small and also tells us about her lockdown guilty pleasure - whats yours? Sam reveals some shocking news she learned about the Royal Family in a US supermarket and also what services are considered "essential" during quarantine. Plus Sophie Milliken shares her life lessons.  Tell us your stories of work and life in these strange times or share your life lessons!  Mail podcast@northernpowerwomen.com Presented by Simone Roche and Sam Walker
13/04/2018m 22s

Learn What Your Edges are, with the Co-operative Bank

NPW podcast Special edition – Learn what your edges are! Welcome to a very special edition of the Northern Power Women podcast in association with the Co-operative Bank You’ll get to hear our live panel discussion all about early careers and how they shape our work, plus you’ll meet Lesley McPherson, Director of Communications at the Co-operative bank and she has some BRILLIANT advice for these very strange times. There’s also more of your NPW Shout Outs  
09/04/2040m 27s

Why now is a great time to network.

Simone shares some of the insights she has learned from conversations with businesses and individuals from across the north this week. Sam reflects how some working dads are experiencing the tension between work and home life for the first time. Plus Alex Cousins from Capita shares her life lessons.  Tell us your stories of work and life in these strange times or share your life lessons!  Mail podcast@northernpowerwomen.com Presented by Simone Roche and Sam Walker
06/04/2016m 57s

Let's get together! Networking in the time of coronavirus

It's all change at the Northern Power Women podcast! The world  of work and home life has changed so much in the last month.  We can't get together - for now - in the ways we used to, so here at the Northern Power Women podcast we're changing too. We are now going to be here for you every week, with episodes designed to help keep us connected at a time it's impossible to meet up. How can we help?  What advice or information would you like to hear? Tell us your stories of work and life in these strange times email podcast@northernpowerwomen.com Presented by Simone Roche and Sam Walker
30/03/2012m 51s

Episode 33: Don’t forget to keep your axe sharp!

NPW podcast Episode 33 – Don’t forget to keep your axe sharp! This month, we were back at the brilliant University of Bradford where we talked about whether employers should keep a keener eye on the social media behaviour of employees, we heard more life lessons and discussed whether adult learning should be part of your ongoing career plan The big interview is with Professor Shirley Congdon, Vice Chancellor of Bradford University, who spoke about finding her role models outside her own sector and how the reputation of students today has changed radically from the beer-swilling students of yesterday. And more of your NPW Shout Outs Plus, all the Northern Power Women news you need. 
03/03/201h 0m

Episode 32: Should we all be shouting about our pay?

NPW podcast Episode 32 – Should we all be shouting about our pay? This month, we held our live panel in Burnley at Burnley College and discussed the barriers still holding back women from senior leadership, what career advice you would give to the 18 year old you and whether you should discuss your pay with your colleagues The big interview is with Emily Cox, Group Head of Customer Relations at Lloyds Banking Group, who spoke about being a woman in finance during the global economic crisis and how shared parental leave will become crucial for firms in embrace in the future. And in Ask the Hive – who makes better leaders? Introverts or extraverts? Plus, all the Northern Power Women news you need. 
31/01/2056m 15s

Episode 31: Get out there and shake your own pom poms.

NPW podcast Episode 31 – Get out there and shake your own pom poms. This month, we held our live panel in Manchester at Pinsent Masons where we talked about women only business spaces,  new year career resolutions and how to figure out your own worth in the job market The big interview is with north east businesswoman Nickie Gott, who shares her extraordinary story of huge success and devastating personal and professional challenges. This month, there are more NPW shout outs - will you get a mention? Plus, all the Northern Power Women news you need. 
03/01/2052m 25s

Episode 30: How to outwit a dinosaur boss

NPW Podcast Episode 30 – How to outwit the dinosaur boss This month, we were back at the University of Bradford discussing when to say no to requests for advice, how to engage men in the fight for equality and dinosaur bosses and how to avoid them. The big interview is with Kate Rogers, who is a Senior HR business partner at the University of Bradford She talks about the power of transferable skills and shares her passion – getting us all talking about the menopause and how it can affect our working lives. In Ask the Hive, our listener has had a few jobs in quick succession but hates her new position. What should she do? Plus, all the Northern Power Women news you need.   This epsiode is sponsored by the University of Bradford.
03/12/191h 1m

Episode 29: Career is a verb as well as a noun.

This month, we recorded our panel at DXC Technology In Newcastle where we talked about agile working, the future of conferences and which real, or fictional, Northern Power Woman you would put at the helm of the Northern Powerhouse! The big interview is with Dr Joanna Berry, Associate Professor Entrepreneurship Durham University Business School, who talks about what is means to be a pracademic, why women still have an issue with their businesses getting funded and what she learned from losing everything. There’s more of your famous Shout Outs – find out if you’re mentioned! Plus, all the Northern Power Women news you need.
04/11/1948m 55s

Special episode! Inspiring Career Progression with The Co-Operative Bank

In this episode we are at Federation in Manchester for a very special Inspiring Career Progression event hosted by The Co-Operative Bank where we discussed the fabled “Queen Bee” syndrome where women don’t support other women, how a mentor can change your life and why getting your voice heard in the board room is just a state of mind. The big interview is with Maria Cearns, Managing Director of Current Accounts and Savings, The Co-operative Bank and she talks about the power of quotas and her brilliant way of achieving guilt-free work / life balance. In Ask The Hive – should a high salary put you off applying for a job you are sure you can do?
17/10/1951m 23s

Episode 28: The secret is out! The North is the best place to work.

This month, we recorded our panel live at the Magna Centre in Rotherham as part of the Northern Powerhouse Convention and we discussed how Brexit could be an incredible opportunity for the north, whether the north south divide is just a state of mind and why the north is the best place to work and whether HS2 should be shuffled off into the sidings. The big interview is with the fantastic Ruth Ibegbuna Former CEO of Reclaim and now director of The Roots Programme, Ruth talks passionately about what motivates her , why policy makers in the north need to involve more women and why we need to open our minds to different types of leader And in Ask the Hive, what to do when it’s the office bake off…every single day… Plus, all the Northern Power Women news you need.
03/10/1955m 40s

Episode 27: Let’s make diversity count and not just count diversity.

This month, we are thrilled to be sponsored by the brilliant University of Bradford, where we recorded our live panel, discussing the new wave of female vice-chancellors in universities, what factors make a city a great place to start a business, and top tips for getting the most out of social media…… and avoiding any disasters! In the big interview you’ll hear from  Professor Uduak Archibong MBE, Professor of Diversity at the University of Bradford.  She talks passionately about the need for diversity to be more than a box ticking exercise, how her upbringing in Nigeria shaped her values to this very day and how the racism she suffered when first arriving in England inspired her work.  And it’s time for your shout outs this month, where you pay tribute to the often unsung women and men who make a real difference in your sector. Plus, all the Northern Power Women news you need.
03/09/1953m 38s

Episode 26: Always make time for your passion

This month we’re in Chester, sponsored by the brilliant Searchability, discussing the challenges of work and home life over the summer, why there is STILL such a dearth of women CEOs and whether flexible working really will become the norm. In the big interview you’ll hear from  Meg Bowyer.  A senior recruitment consultant for Searchability, Meg is also the Captain of Stoke City Women’s’ Football Club.  She talks about the huge challenge of balancing her work and her passion and how she deals with naysayers… And in Ask The Hive, you keep applying for jobs, but never hear anything back. What can you do? Plus, all the Northern Power Women news you need.
05/08/1957m 45s

Episode 25: If you just keep going, you WILL get there.

This month we’re in Durham, sponsored by the superb Durham University, discussing the impact of Brexit on the North, why paternity leave is still eschewed by so many men and how to give a voice to underepresented women in business.   Tech evangelist and Professor Of Computer Science at Durham, Sue Black OBE,  shares her incredible story with us.   No Ask The Hive this month - it will return, but some very special NPW shoutouts - has someone mentioned you? Plus, all the Northern Power Women news you need.
03/07/191h 4m

Episode 24: Mortgages are more important than triangles!

This month we’re in Leeds, discussing the Leeds International Festival, why companies need to try harder to be greener and why a woman has never run the Bank of England. Co-Founder and CEO of The Pipeline, Lorna Fitzsimons shares some incredible and inspiring advice in an interview where she is frank about the professional challenges she has overcome. In Ask The Hive: A friend wants a recommendation for a job she's not suited to. Plus, all the Northern Power Women news you need.
03/06/191h 0m

Celebration Event 2019!

A very special episode where we drop in on the superb Northern Power Women celebration event that was held on 8 May 2019 at KPMG in Manchester. We had two discussions on the night about work/life balance and wellbeing and gender diversity in the workplace and as you can imagine, they got lively! We also asked those who attended to celebrate a woman in their business life who had inspired them. A big thank you to everyone who came along.  
21/05/191h 5m

Episode 23: Your best career advice? Learn to swear!

This month we’re in Liverpool, hosted by The Women's Organisation, discussing the effectiveness of gender pay reporting, office hours drinking and best career advice. Managing Partner at Morecrofts Solicitors, Alison Lobb talks to us about terrible interviews and the time the law didn't recognise women as people. In Ask The Hive: I hate teambuilding awaydays. Help! Plus, all the Northern Power Women news you need.
03/05/1958m 46s

Episode 22: You're only as strong as your weakest link.

This month we’re in Leeds hosted by Sky Betting and Gaming, discussing women in senior leadership roles, the ghettoisation (or not) of business awards and life-changing books.   Chair of the Scout Association, Ann Limb talks to us about imposter syndrome and what being Northern means to her.   In Ask The Hive: How can I effectively transfer my skills to another sector?  Plus, all the Northern Power Women news you need.
03/04/191h 1m

Episode 21: Do feminists still want engagement rings?

This month we’re in Newcastle at Northern Power Futures, discussing internet deregulation, the government focus (or lack of it) on getting women onto boards and asking whether feminists still want an engagement ring?! P.R. change maker Sarah Hall talks to us about the power of mentoring and P.R's ‘problem with posh”  In Ask The Hive: What to do if your colleague takes off their shoes and socks at work!  Plus, all the Northern Power Women news you need.
04/03/1957m 52s

Episode 20: Is masculinity under attack?

This month we’re at the SAE Institute in Liverpool, asking if masculinity is under attack, whether the high street can survive and how to build a personal brand. COO of Manchester Airport Tricia Williams talks to us about resilience, switching sectors and why airports are still romantic!   In Ask The Hive: If an interview process costs you a lot of money, should you claim it back? Plus, all the Northern Power Women news you need.
04/02/191h 1m

Episode 19: You can't change the world, but you can change your bit of it.

This month we’re in Manchester at HSBC, talking about our 2019 goals, whether HS2 really will transform the North and personal financial responsibility and education too. Former Chief Prosecutor Nazir Afzal talks honestly about the impact high profile cases had on his family and how women are the key to a better world. In Ask The Hive: What to do when your boss doesn’t know where to draw the line. Plus, all the Northern Power Women news you need.
03/01/1952m 57s

Episode 18: Women are more up for it!

A big thank you to the Northern Health Science Alliance for sponsoring this episode and thanks also to our hosts at the Business School at the University of Newcastle.   This month we talked about a shockingly under-discussed aspect of the North South Divide, why women traditionally don't thrive in the upper echelons of academia and the joys and pitfalls of hugging!   We spoke to the Managing Director of Dukes Hotels Debrah Dhugga about her passion for hotels, getting to the top in a mans' world and her love of the North. In Ask The Hive: How to handle constructive criticism without taking it to heart. Plus, all the (Royal!) Northern Power Women news you need.
03/12/181h 2m

Episode 17: Do women really want to be given a seat at the table?

A big thank you to our hosts in Manchester Clarke Willmott and extra thanks to Women In The Law UK. This month we talked about transport connectivity across the North, the responsibility employers must take for the mental health of their staff and why there are so few women at the top in law. We spoke to top barrister and founder of Women in the law UK, Sally Penni about what drives her and which surprising figure inspired her career. In Ask The Hive: How men can enable the next generation of female leaders. Plus, all the Northern Power Women news you need.
05/11/181h 5m

Episode 16: Invent your own knickers.

We're in Halifax this month, discussing knicker inventing, men rallying and whether women just need to look in the mirror to be successful. Nicky Chance-Thompson CEO of The Piece Hall talks about taking risks, learning lessons and why the North is where her heart is. In Ask The Hive: Should you choose a new job based on your heart or your head?   Plus, all the Northern Power Women news you need.
05/11/1857m 30s

Episode 15: It's the people who make a powerhouse.

The beautiful Tees Valley plays host to episode 15, as we discuss taking career breaks, whether business needs to get better at dealing with sexual harrassment and if the North East feels left out of the Northern Powerhouse.   Professor Jane Turner OBE, Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University of Teesside talks candidly about the professional and personal challenges she has faced and in Ask The Hive: How to switch off from the dreaded work email!   Plus, all the Northern Power Women news you need.    
05/11/181h 1m

Episode 14: Is your career a ladder or a labyrinth?

In Episode 14 we are in Manchester, guests of BNY Mellon and we discuss career pathways, whether the North needs to stop apologising and if awards mean anything anymore...   You hear from the brilliant Allison Page, from DLA Piper in Leeds on why having no female role models didn't stop her from achieving her career dreams...   And in Ask The Hive you ask about whether you need industry-specific skills to apply for a job. Plus, all the Northern Power Women news.
05/11/181h 0m

Episode 13: Let's all be more like Swedish men.

In Episode 13 we head to Liverpool for our live panel to talk about skills, cash and how not to lose your job when you start a family. We meet the inimitable Marnie Millard OBE, CEO of Nicols and hear about her career which takes her all over the world and also learn about her great attitude to business and life. And in Ask The Hive there is brilliant advice about the dreaded imposter syndrome. Plus, all the Northern Power Women news.
05/11/181h 5m

**Special Celebration Epsiode**

In this special edition you will get the chance to be a fly on the wall at the second Northern Power Women celebration event, held in Manchester at KPMG. You’ll hear some fascinating discussions on negotiating and confidence and also find out more about Northern Power Women's plans for this year. Plus a chance to catch up wth THE Northern Power Woman, founder and CEO Simone Roche, as she discusses some incredible achievements this month, including that MBE...        
05/11/181h 6m

Episode 12: Don't be afraid to be annoying! (It might just get you what you want)

In episode twelve, we're at Leeds Digital Festival where our panel discuss the rise of automation, wellness at work and the Dana Scully Effect; who inspired you to take up your career?! Radio legend Stephanie Hirst shares stories of her extraordinary focus and tenacity and discusses why your career should never dictate who you are, however much you love it.   And in Ask The Hive, one young graduate can't get a break and you provide some brilliant tips. Plus all the Northern Power Women news you need.
05/11/181h 0m

Episode 11: This one's for the parents

In episode eleven, we're in Newcastle, hosted by NatWest where we asked our panel "Do businesses need to work harder to get disabled people into work?" and discussed why Peppa Pig needs to up her game.   Global CEO Elizabeth Vega talks about tech's problem with women and taking risks in business.   And in Ask The Hive, we get great advice on the tricky business of how to sell yourself Plus all the Northern Power Women news you need.
05/11/1856m 8s

Episode 10: The "M" Word.

In episode ten, we're in Wythenshawe, hosted by Vodafone where we asked our panel "How do you change your career?" We also talked about when you should stop working for free when trying to build your career and discussed whether men should always be included in conversations around empowering women. Buisiness powerhouse Julie Kenny talked to us about taking risks, being yourself and understanding how to deal with different people.   And in Ask The Hive, Olivia asks: What do I need to do now to increase my changces of getting to board level?  Plus all the Northern Power Women news you need.
05/11/1853m 56s

Episode 9: It's time to set the thermostat

In episode nine, we're in Manchester at All Work & Social in Spinningfields where we asked our panel "Has feminism gone too far?" We also talked about managing bad behaviour at work and discussed whether women really don't like listening to women. Sandy Lindsay founder of Tangerine talks about being called a 'Pollyanna" and "Too moral" to succeed in business in our big interview. And in Ask The Hive, Charlotte asks: Have I missed the chance to be truly successful in my career if I plan to have kids in my 30s?  Plus all the Northern Power Women news you need.
05/11/1853m 49s

Episode 8: You're better than you think you are

In episode eight, we're in Liverpool at the SAE Institute for a very honest discussion about Equal Pay, nepotism and why acting "like one of the boys" can be a disaster for women in business. The big interview comes from Cherie Blair who talks candidly about being the only female barrister in her chambers and how she juggled her own career with her supporting role in Downling Street. And in Ask The Hive, Sue asks: Do I tell my current boss that I'm looking for a new job?  Plus all the Northern Power Women news you need.
05/11/1857m 23s

Episode 7: The times, they are a-changin'

In episode seven, we head to Leeds for a truly through-provoking discussion on diversity, inclusion and how business now NEEDS to change in order to thrive.  The big interview comes from Helen Baker, Quality Assurance Director at Sage, who shares her experiences on team-building and her inspiring attitude to staff returning to work after parental leave.  And in Ask The Hive, Collay asks: I deserve a pay rise. What are the best strategies for getting one?  Plus all the Northern Power Women news you need.
05/11/1858m 43s

Episode 6: You make WHAT in your spare time?

In episode six, we're in Newcastle discussing women-only work spaces. Asking: Are you a feminist?  And finding out what on earth is a Side Hustle.  Vodafone's Rob Mukherjee talks to us about how football inspired him to mentor women and why he wants you to take more time off work.  And in Ask The Hive, Sharon asks: Can both partners in a relationship  ever hope to have equally successful careers if they also have children?  Plus all the Northern Power Women news you need.
05/11/1856m 56s

Episode 5: What does an entrepreneur look like?

In episode five, we talk to individuals who set up their own business about where and when they got inspired and ask: What does an entrepreneur look like? We also discuss whether it's time to stop calling women "girls" in the workplace and tackle the subject of sexual harrassment in business. Vanda Murray OBE, one of the NPW Power List talks honestly about her rise and rise and what she really does for a living. And in Ask The Hive, can a single gender represent an entire community? Plus all the Northern Power Women news you need.
05/11/1853m 8s

Episode 4: Don't make me make apple crumble!

In episode four, find out from Karen Mattison of Timewise what men want just as much as women in business but are often too afraid to ask. Discover whether our panellists in Liverpool think one Silicon Valley CEO was right or wrong to dye her blonde hair brown to be, in her words "taken more seriously". And in Ask The Hive, it's all a question of business confidence: Do men really have more of it? Plus all the Northern Power Women news you need.
05/11/181h 0m

Episode 3: Pinch me on the cheek at your peril!

In episode three, find out what our panelists in Salford think of the suggestion that women need to take responsibility for the gender pay gap.   Julia Fawcett, the Chief Executive of The Lowry discusses some of the toughest choices she had to make in her career and why she *knew* the day she was going to be sacked. And in Ask The Hive, Kirsty asks why tech has a class problem. Plus all the Northern Power Women news you need.
05/11/1852m 58s

Episode 2. Don't say the S-Word!

In episode two, hear which word one of our panel members in Leeds hates with a passion. Head of News at BBC Radio 5 Live Rozina Breen reveals events in her career that she couldn't believe were actually happening - for all the wrong reasons.  And in Ask The Hive, Kate asks if two businesses mean double the profit, or half the success. Plus all the Northern Power Women news you need.
05/11/1850m 36s

The Launch Episode!

In the very first episode hear what happened when we went live with our dicussion panel, much to the surprise of our accidental audience. Manchester MP Lucy Powell reveals the highs and crushing lows of her career and why she can't shout at her children in the supermarket, And in Ask The Hive, one young woman's question leaves another "shocked and upset" in her reply... Plus all the Northern Power Women news you need.
05/11/1855m 7s

Northern Power Women Podcast Teaser

Welcome to the Northern Power Women Podcast   Each month, we’ll bring you no holds barred discussion on the biggest issues that affect our careers and lives.   You'll hear from an individual at the top of their game on the challenges they faced and the mistakes they made along the way. And in Ask The Hive, if you're facing an obstacle or a problem in your career, you'll have a chance to get some superb advice from people who've been there and come out the other side. The first episode arrives on July 3rd.      
05/11/182m 25s
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