Whilst I'm not particularly comfortable at the prospect of possibly being seen to blow my own trumpet, I've got to admit to feeling humbled and honored (and delighted!) to have been shortlisted in the Transformational Leader category at the forthcoming Northern Power Women awards due to take place at Manchester Central Convention Complex on 18th March.

The importance of Northern Power Women as an organisation and campaign should not be underestimated. I fully appreciate the importance of being a vocal and visible male champion for change with a view to promoting and securing better gender balance and diversity. I acknowledge that my leadership position gives me that platform and a responsibility to use it for positive effect, which I'm determined to embrace, as all male leaders should.

Irrespective of the outcome, I'm really chuffed just to have made the final shortlist, though I'm not entirely sure what to make of being the only male among the eight finalists.

A nice little boost at the start of the New Year and pleasing recognition for the leadership team here at Brabners.