The Women in Nuclear Cumbria branch has been shortlisted for the Northern Power Women awards, and Copeland MP Trudy Harrison couldn't be more pleased.

The Northern Power Women Awards celebrate the women and men working together to achieve gender balance and equality in organisations across the North of the country, including Newcastle, Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds, and the Women in Nuclear Cumbria branch have made the awards' shortlist.

Cumbria's Women in Nuclear (WiN) branch will join other Cumbrian finalists at the awards ceremony, to be held in Manchester on March 18, including Prima Uno Ltd., Amanda MacKay (Balfour Betty's Major Project's Quality Director), and Sally Fielding of 'Sally's Cottages'.

MP for Copeland, Trudy Harrison, commented: "I am absolutely delighted that Cumbria is being recognised on the national stage at the Northern Power Women Awards. I want to send my heartfelt congratulations to the finalists, who are shining examples of what our country has to offer".

The WiN Cumbria team was created in March, and since its launch, has become a powerful community, with all involved working together to achieve gender diversity and equality throughout Cumbria's workforce.

Claire Gallery-Strong, Chair of WiN Cumbria, spoke of the organisation being shortlisted, saying, "the WiN Cumbria team is absolutely honoured to be among those positioning Cumbria as a key player within the Northern Power Women community".

She continued, speaking of the success of the branch: "less than a year since we launched, I am overwhelmed and extremely proud of what our small but formidable team of volunteers has managed to achieve".

Only 22% of the UK's nuclear industry is female, with this number falling drastically at senior levels, and this is what WiN UK is working to change.

Claire explained WiN's aim, saying, "It is our mission to ensure we create an inclusive and fair environment that helps attract, retain and build a diverse workforce of the future".