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Power of Women

What we do

Has anyone ever told you…

“You can’t do that! You’re a girl!” or “This is man’s work, it’s not for you”

We’re here to tell you that that’s rubbish. Nobody gets to decide what should happen in your life except YOU

We want to provide the young women of the Tees Valley with the role models, inspiration, resources and information to take control over the choices they make. This website is a toolkit to help find that control and discover the power of women. 

Let us show you what is possible. 

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PoW Stories

Kirsten Donkin

Head of PR, Marketing and Communications, Hartburn

Sector: PR and Marketing Kirsten Donkin struggled to find a career after school. After dropping out from her beauty therapy…

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Lou Tonner

Managing Director of Wander Films, Grove Hill

Sector: Digital and Media Lou Tonner grew up in Grove Hill and describes her younger self as being “painfully shy”.…

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Mieka Smiles

Deputy Mayor, Marton

Sector: Local Politics Mieka Smiles started her career in journalism, writing for several North-East and national papers. But when her children’s school missed out on funding it had been promised, she decided to get involved in…

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Nikki Sayer

Director of Casper Shipping, Saltburn

Sector: Shipping Nikki Sayer took voluntary redundancy to travel Australia and New Zealand alone, however this hasn’t stopped her from…

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Savita Sathe

Anthropologist, Teesside

Sector: Education and Community Support After many years as a youth and community worker Savita Sathe wanted to give a…

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Tamara Schwarz

Project Lead, Stockton-on-Tees

Sector: Charity After volunteering for the Halo Project during her time at university, Tamara Schwarz was offered a permanent position with the charity because of her strong passion for women’s rights. …

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Lyndsay Hogg

MD of Hogg Global Logistics, Hartlepool

Sector: Logistics After having her maternity package withdrawn from the company she worked for previously, just two weeks before giving birth, Lyndsay and her father…

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Amanda Adeola

Law Partner, Darlington

Sector: Legal After being told law was not for her Amanda Adeola has now been a practising solicitor for 12…

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Holly Wilson

Social Media Executive, Eaglescliffe

Sector: PR and Marketing While dealing with the death of one of her closest friends, Holly Wilson has had to overcome struggles alongside studying. She now works in a role…

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Femi Waters-Ajisafe

Principal Lecturer, Teesside University

Sector: Education Femi Waters-Ajisafe has made Teesside her home after beginning her teaching career at Teesside University. She lectures there…

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Joing the Power of Women event

Power of Women – Our vision for 2022

Hear from the PoW board, meet our Primary Ambassadors from local schools and hear about our plan for 2022, and how you can get involved.

Wed, 16 February 2022 13:00 – 15:00
The Curve, Middlesbrough, TS1 3JN

Have you ever heard the phrase, “You can’t be what you can’t see”?

This refers to the idea that, unless you see someone like you doing incredible things, it won’t occur you to you that you are also capable of doing amazing things.

That’s why we’ve collected stories from incredible role models in the Tees Valley.

Take a look through their stories to discover what people like you are truly capable of.

I want to be…

Do you know what you want to be when you grow up? 

Just want to find out more about what jobs are out there? 

Take a look at our careers page to make it happen

What should I

Qualifications are the key to unlocking your future. Whether you enjoy learning in a classroom, or prefer more hands on and practical learning, there is something out there for everyone.

Take a look through our education page to find out more about your options.

The blog

Take a look through our blog posts for the latest updates from the POW Campaign, as well as tips and advice on how you can find your power.

5 must-haves for your study space
Whether you’re at school or university, you’ll probably have to do some kind of independent work outside of the classroom…
Here’s why you need to set up a LinkedIn profile
What is LinkedIn and what can I do on it?  LinkedIn is a social media platform for professional networking. Once…
Day in the life of a Freelance Musician with Grace Stubbings
Ever thought about a career in the music industry? Want to know more about what a job as a freelance…