Award in honour of inspirational business leader Jane Turner is announced

The Northern Power Women will honour the Teesside University academic, who died earlier this year.

An inspirational business leader from the North East will be remembered with an award in her name for women in business.

Prof Jane Turner, who was pro vice chancellor for enterprise and business engagement at Teesside University, died in July after suffering from cancer for a number of years. She had previously worked at Northumbria University and was an influential and much-loved figure in the North East business community.

Now the Northern Power Woman organisation has announced that a new award has been created in her name, saying that she had been a “fearless and determined champion of women”.

Prof Turner had contributed to Northern Power Women’s Levelling Up by Powering On research, which calls for women to be given a greater role in big business organisations. She also worked with the organisation on a new report due to be published later this year on ways to idenfity future leaders.

The Disruptor for Good category, which will be awarded in her name, will aim to recognise someone who is “unafraid to crack on, shift the dial, and make real impact”, the organisation said.

Simone Roche, founder of Northern Power Women said: “Jane was not just an influential business leader but also a fearless and determined champion of women. To create a Disruptor for Good category is the perfect way for us to platform the changemakers who embody her frontier spirit.”

Prof Turner’s husband Jason has welcomed the award, saying: “Jane was naturally disruptive. She faced challenges head-on and never fought harder than for the advancement of others.

It has opened nominations for its 2022 awards and has also started work on its annual Power List and Future List of the region’s female leaders and rising stars.

Awards up for grabs include Agent of Change, Mentor of the Year and Oustanding Entrepreneur, while there will also be awards for small, medium and large organisations that have shown a significant commitment to gender equality and inclusive culture in the workplace.


Credit: BusinessLive

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