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Connect Yorkshire are delighted to announce that Sophie Patton, our Operations Director, has been shortlisted for the Rising Star category of the Forward Ladies National Awards 2017.

Background Sophie joined Connect Yorkshire in 2013 as Account Manager and was appointed to the Board of Directors in 2016.

Sophie has made a major contribution to the growth of Connect Yorkshire since she arrived. Connect Yorkshire’s mission is to help Yorkshire companies to grow and to create jobs and wealth in Yorkshire. It achieves this by enabling its members to learn from 80 of Yorkshire’s most successful entrepreneurs, our Entrepreneurs in Residence.

Sophies principal job was, and is, to look after the members of Connect Yorkshire but since becoming a Director she has also taken a lead in our marketing efforts, especially on social media as well as recruiting new members in her spare time. In addition the team at Connect Yorkshire, other than the CEO, report to Sophie.

Other Members

We are also pleased that several members of Connect Yorkshire have also been nominated for the Yorkshire, North East and Scotland Shortlist which will be decided at the Forward Ladies Lunch on December 1st

Corporate Leader Category: Sarah Tulip, aql, Chief Operating Officer
Inspiring Leader Category: Claire Paxman, Paxman Coolers Ltd, Director of Sales & Training
Rising Star Category: Sophie Patton, Connect Yorkshire, Operations Director
SME Emerging Category: Debbie Whitaker, Not Just Numbers Ltd, Managing Director. Louisa Harrison-Walker, Benchmark Recruit, Managing Director SME
Growth Category: Lisa Pogson, Airmaster UK Ltd, Joint Managing Director