The faces of 24 of Hull's most influential women

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 25 Mar 2019

Inequality and the gender pay gap is widely considered to be one of the greatest challenges facing business.

Just last year, the Minister for Women and Equalities Penny Mordaunt said: "the fortunes of mankind depend on the inclusion of womankind."  She also said that if we address the current inequality, it would "not just be women who benefited."

The figures still make for startling reading.

Research last year showed women account for less than a quarter (22 per cent) of senior roles across the country.

Only 13 of the country's 350 biggest companies have a women at the helm.

The women who make up this list though, drive Hull's economy and make decisions on a daily basis which shape our city and wider region.

They work across all industries, from education and politics, to transport and the public sector.

Read more: The Hull Power List 2018: The 45 most influential people in the city

They are among the most influential women across Hull and East Yorkshire. There will be more. Let me know.

Professor Susan Lea

Professor Susan Lea vice chancellor at the University of Hull

The Vice Chancellor of the University of Hull. She has previously worked at the University of Cape Town, in South Africa, and the University of Greenwich.

Louise Cheeseman

Louise Cheeseman, managing director of Hull Trains (Hull Trains)

Louise Cheeseman is the managing director at Hull Trains, currently overseeing the arrival of five new Hitachi trains, worth £60m, in November.

Michelle Swithenbank

Hull College's CEO Michelle Swithenbank

Michelle Swithenbank is the chief executive officer at Hull College, an education provider which offers more than 1,000 courses to over 26,000 students every year.

Kayleigh Pepper

Kayleigh Pepper stands on Egton Street, east Hull, where her brother was stabbed and killed in 2015 (Jerome Ellerby)

Inspirational Kayleigh has recently joined forces with the Mail to launch the #NoMoreKnives campaign to get knives off the street of Hull.

For the launch, Kayleigh bravely walked the east Hull street where her younger brother was stabbed to death for the first time since his death.

She campaigned to get every single secondary school in Hull to pledge to sign up to a new initiative which will see her visit pupils to talk about the real impact knife crime can have.

Emma Latimer

Emma Latimer from Hull CCG

Emma is the chief officer at the Hull Clinical Commissioning Group.

With 27 years of experience in the NHS, she has led the region's CCG since 2013.

Dr Elaine Lancaster

Elaine Lancaster, chief technical officer at Groupe Atlantic UK

Dr Lancaster is the chief technical officer at Groupe Atlantic UK, the company which owns Hull's Ideal Boilers.

She is also the president at the Energy & Utilities Alliance.

Jan Brumby

Jan Brumby from Entrepreneurs Only

The chief executive of For Entrepreneurs Only which is supporting the efforts of aspiring business people.

Jan was awarded The Queen's Award for Enterprise Promotion in 2006.

Her career has also spanned the financial (HSBC), education (Hull University) and charity (Young Enterprise) sectors.

Kathryn Shillito

Kathryn Shillito, executive director at HullBID

Kathryn is the executive director at Hull BID (Business Improvement District), a company focused on improving and developing business in the city centre.

HullBID represents around 750 city centre firms.

Kirsten Simister

Curator of art and Ferens Art Gallery Kirsten Simister

Kirsten Simister is the curator at Hull's Ferens Art Gallery.

Under her leadership, the city centre gallery has seen work displayed by the likes of David Hockney, Andy Warhol, Leonardo Da Vinci, and Spencer Tunick's unforgettable Sea of Hull.

Kath Lavery

Kath Lavery, chair of the Yorkshire Ambulance Service (Hull Live)

Kath Lavery is the chair of the Yorkshire Ambulance Service, and among various other roles is also the chair of the Humber Business Week.

Jean Bishop

TREASURE: Bee Lady Jean Bishop is Hull's most prolific fundraiser

In 2013 Jean Bishop was named as Fundraiser of the Year at the national Pride of Britain Awards, which celebrates the achievements of remarkable people who make the world a better place.

Mrs Bishop, also known as the Bee Lady, has raised more than £100,000 for Age UK. The 93-year-old from Hull regularly attends local fundraising events in her eye-catching bee outfit and has spent more than 1,000 hours rattling her collection tin around the city.

Dr Kirsty Clode

Dr Kirsty Clode is the chair at Women into Manufacturing and Engineering

Dr Clode is the chair at Women into Manufacturing and Engineering.

The initiative was launched by Green Port Hull, Siemens Gamesa, Airco and Jobcentre Plus to encourage women to choose a career in the industries.

Diana Johnson

Hull North MP Diana Johnson (kwoolhouse)

Diana entered Parliament as Hull North MP, for Labour, back in 2005. A barrister, she has a close history of involvement with the NHS and held non-executive directorships in a primary care trust and acute district general hospital.

Emma Hardy

Hull West and Hessle MP Emma Hardy (pharbour)

Hull's most recently-elected MP, Emma Hardy was elected for Hull West and Hessle at the 2017 general election.

Alison White

Alison White, the Bishop of Hull

Hull’s first female Bishop and she was only the second to have the honour in the UK.

Rachael Winter

Rachael Winter, of Smith & Nephew

Rachael has been a director of clinical operations at Smith & Nephew in Hull for the past three years.

She heads up the clinical operation team in advanced wound management at the FTSE 100 medical giant.

Michelle Dewberry

Michelle Dewberry (ITV)

Reality television star Michelle Dewberry made her name as the winner of the second series of BBC programme The Apprentice.

But even before featuring on the programme, Miss Dewberry had already overcome a troubled childhood to rise through the ranks of the telecommunications industry.

By the time she entered the competition she was already earning a £160,000 salary and credits her difficult upbringing as giving her the drive to become a successful businesswoman.

Christina McHugh

Christina Colmer McHugh, pictured here with Jonathan Elvidge, (Kate Pugh)

Christine has spent two decades working in journalism, covering regional and national newspapers, magazines and radio.

She has now joined forces with Red5 founder Jonathan Elvidge to launch Moodbeam - a wearable piece of tech which allows people to log how they are feeling and track their moods using an app.

Diana Taylor

Diana Taylor, managing director at Marketing Humber

Diana Taylor leads the executive team at Bondholders in Hull, and is the managing director at Marketing Humber.

She is responsible for guiding the vision and strategy to market the region on both a national and international stage.

Caroline Lacey

East Riding Council chief executive Caroline Lacey

Caroline is the chef executive at East Riding Council.

She is head of the council's paid staff, and is also East Riding's top advisor on policy matters.

Katy Duke

Katy Duke, chief executive at The Deep

Katy Duke was appointed as The Deep's chief executive in 2017.

Beating off stiff competition from all over the UK, her 'commitment and passion' for The Deep clinched her the prestigious role.

Hundreds of thousands of people visit The Deep every year, making it one of the country's most popular paid attractions.

Marjorie Brabazon

Councillor Marjorie Brabazon is the chairman for Hull Culture and Leisure Ltd (Richard Addison)

Marjorie Brabazon is the chair of Hull Culture and Leisure, a limited company owned wholly by Hull City Council.

The company manages, develops and delivers a vast range of services in Hull, including museums, galleries, libraries, parks, sport, leisure centres and swimming pools.

Katy Fuller

Katy Fuller is the creative director and CEO at Absolutely Cultured.

She has been a part of Hull's City of Culture journey since 2015, and has led memorable events including Dominoes, Land of Green Ginger, Blade and Urban Legends.

Anna Bielby

Anna Bielby, chief financial officer at KCOM

Anna Bielby has been the chief financial officer at KCOM since January 2019.

She has been a director at the broadband giant since last summer, and previously served as a partner at PwC.

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