Hydraulics Online co-founder and director Helen Tonks has, this week, been named as a Northern Power Woman, joining some illustrious names on the Power List.
We’re delighted to share some exciting news. Our co-founder and director Helen Tonks has been recognised as a “Northern Power Woman”. She joins a host of inspirational women from the North of England on the Northern Power Women 2022 Power List.
The Power List “celebrates individuals who challenge the norm and use their influence and power for good… the influential trailblazers from across the North.” The achievement recognises Helen’s dedicated approach to “paying it forward” by engaging with students, those involved in education, and those in and supporting the wider local and regional business community itself.
A catalyst for driving change
Northern Power Women is a business community of more than 70,000 people. It is dedicated to accelerating gender equality and social mobility from the North of England. The community seeks to be more than “a talking shop”. To this end, it runs a number of regional and national events.
In 2016, it launched the Northern Power Women awards to spotlight superstars who work tirelessly to create a fairer and more equal community. This year’s awards ceremony will take place at the Manchester Central Convention Complex on Monday March 21.
In advance of the event, Northern Power Women has announced some additions to its Northern Women Power List. Unlike the awards, the Power List isn’t an annual event – once a role model’s name has been added to the list, they stay on the Power List.
The list is compiled through open nomination and selection by a panel of judges.
Helen said, “I’m thrilled to be recognised in this way. Paying it forward and creating fair and equitable opportunities for all are absolutely important to me. To have those values recognised by Northern Power Women community is incredibly exciting.
When Mark and I set up Hydraulics Online in 2004, we hardly dared to imagine that the business would become the successful UK-wide provider and global exporter that it is today. To have made a positive impact on our local community was always part of the dream, but the idea that we would have our efforts and impact recognised in this way was just beyond our radar. It is a testament to everything we have achieved together and with the team we’ve built here in Cheshire that I’ve been recognised in this way and I’m truly thankful.