Finding the best and brightest: nominate a 'Northern Light'


IPPR North, business and industry, communities, culture, local government, regional issues, UK politics

Author(s):  Ed Cox
Published date:  17 Nov 2011
Source:  IPPR

The search has begun to find the top 50 brightest and most talented ‘ones to watch’ in the North of England.

IPPR North invites you to nominate candidates for Northern Lights 2012 – this is your opportunity to tell us about the people you believe make the north of England the place to be.

Northern Lights is a celebration of the leading lights from the worlds of business, science and technology, academia, public service, politics, culture, the arts and social and community action living and working in the north of England. The project was launched last year and already two of our ‘ones to watch’ 2011 have achieved great success, with  Leeds MP Rachel Reeves recently appointed to Ed Miliband’s shadow cabinet and councillor Julie Dore appointed leader of Sheffield City Council. See the full list of this year's Northern Lights, announced in January.

For 2012, Northern Lights will be judged by three distinguished northerners: Damian Kavanagh, controller of CBBC based in Salford; Sarah Dunwell, CEO of CREATE based in Yorkshire (and a Northern Light from this year); and Margaret Fay, former chair of One North East and former managing director of Tyne Tees Television.

Please send your nominations to Eleanor Geddes ( on or before Monday 30 January 2012. Please include a brief explanation, in no more than 100 words, telling us why your nomination should be awarded a place on the list. Any contact details or headshots you have of your nomination would also be appreciated. Multiple nominations will be accepted.

The final Northern Lights 2012 top 50 list is due to be published in the New Year.


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Ed Cox, Director, IPPR North