Northern have been celebrated by Northern Power Women (NPW), a leading equality campaign group, being shortlisted for the ‘Large Organisation of the year’ at its upcoming 2023 awards. This nomination is attributed to the operator for its work to address the ongoing gender imbalance within the rail industry.
Having announced the shortlist on the 10th of January, this nomination represents the second consecutive year that Northern has been recognised for this award. NPW praised Northern for its commitment to further development of creating an inclusive culture in the workplace by demonstrating a forward-thinking approach to recruitment, development, and retention of talent.
Tricia Williams, chief operating officer at Northern, said:
“We’re thrilled to have been shortlisted for a Northern Power Women Award.
“We feel very strongly that equality, diversity, and inclusion is not limited to the work of our HR team - it’s a journey everyone at Northern needs to take together. As such, we work closely with colleagues from across the business, at all grades, to ensure progress made is visible to all.
“Northern has around 7,000 employees based across the North of England and despite an increase in the number of female employees by over 30% in recent years, women still only account for 18.72% of our workforce - so there is still much more to be done.”
Northern acts the second largest train operator throughout the UK, being included in the ‘Large Organisation’ category with the likes of Kellogg’s and Deloitte, among various other paragons of inclusive work practises.
The Northern Power Women Awards take place on Monday, 20 March in Manchester.
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