Shortlist success

Veka Group has been shortlisted for the Northern Power Women’s NPW Awards. The awards showcase role models and celebrate the many ways women and men contribute to a thriving Northern Powerhouse.

Now in its fourth year, the NPW awards reportedly attract more than 900 nominations across 10 award categories and Veka Group has been shortlisted in the ‘Medium Organisation’ category.

Simone Roche MBE, founder of Northern Power Women, said: “The number of nominations we received this year demonstrates the outstanding talent we have in the North of England. It was an extremely tough job for our judges, and I didn’t envy them having to make the decisions. Huge congratulations to our shortlisted nominees, I’m looking forward to celebrating with them all in March at the ceremony!”

Veka’s marketing director, Dawn Stockell, commented: “Despite being a manufacturing organisation within a particularly male-biased industry, namely fenestration, I’m proud to say that Veka has a good representation of women in senior positions. Due to the proportion of women in these higher paid roles, the mean gender pay gap at Veka stands at -6.56% (in favour of women).

“The business proactively promotes and showcases our female leaders and team members and supports them in entering awards to ensure recognition for their contribution to our overall business success.

“As the Veka marketing director, I was the first female appointed to sit on the Veka board and together with our head of HR, we are active in driving female business leadership; from working with Lancashire’s Chamber of Commerce and its Unique Women networking group, to supporting Northern Power Women and looking to host podcasts into 2019, among other things.”