Meet the powerful women
Here you’ll find the stories of the incredible women who make up the Tees Valley region and beyond. They come from different backgrounds and areas, all have different skills and experiences, but they all share the Northern grit and brilliance that has helped them get to where they are today.
Take a look through their stories to find out more about how they’ve overcome challenges and worked hard to become happy and successful.
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…Read my story
Embalmer and Member of the Fire Service, Teesside
Sector: Fire Service Niki Taylor balances working as an embalmer during the week with a role in the fire brigade – and says it’s…Read my story
Mortgage and Protection Specialist, Middlesbrough
Sector: Insurance After completing a year’s worth of exams in only two weeks, Nazma Majid was determined to gain her financial qualifications in order to open her own business. Where do you call home? I…Read my story
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…Read my story
Strategic Town Centre Manager, Middlesbrough
Sector: Local Authority After being told that “a local authority wasn’t really a place for a young girl” Michelle McPhee…Read my story
Bespoke Florist, Stockton-on-Tees
Sector: Floristry Melissa Mullen started her own business with no previous experience in floristry. But after it bloomed “from 0-100” in the first week, she now runs the very successful Melissa Jane Floral. Where…Read my story
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