The first North West Finance Director Awards last night honoured the region’s leading Finance Directors at a prestigious awards ceremony held at the landmark Hilton Deansgate in Manchester.
The awards seek to recognise the key contribution and exceptional performance of the region’s top Finance Directors and their ability to adapt to changing market conditions.
Compered by David Parkin from TheBusinessDesk.com, the event is sponsored by Barclays Corporate, Ernst & Young, Sewell Recruitment Group and Squire Sanders Hammonds.
John Timpson, Chief Executive of Timpson’s the shoe repair business, was the main speaker on the evening and presented the Outstanding Achievement award.
Amongst the winners was Dean Moore of N Brown Group plc who was presented with the evening’s Outstanding Achievement award. The judges stated that Dean has an excellent track record, has developed skills and experience that are extremely commercial in nature and unanimously agreed that he proved to be outstanding across all judging criteria and categories. In addition he was commended for being an excellent team player and reading the market correctly.
Other 2011 winners were:
Best Finance Director of a PLC – Barbara Richmond, Redrow plc
Best Finance Director of a Ltd company (under £50m turnover) – Mark Walker, CVS (Commercial Valuers & Surveyors) Limited
Best Finance Director of a Ltd company (£50m+ turnover) – Ian Sinderson, ATPI Ltd
Young Finance Director of the Year – David Jones Barcrest Group Limited
Best Finance Director of a Private Equity Company – Steve Williams, Warwick Chemicals
Strategic Impact Award – Tim Kowalski, Findel plc
Andy Lees, Corporate Director at Barclays Corporate said: “What a fantastic evening and an incredible turnout. It was refreshing to be able to step away from the continuing economic challenges that we are facing on a daily basis to focus on something positive, it is heartening to hear so many success stories from our regional FDs”.
Alastair Nuttall, partner at Ernst & Young in the North West, added: “The FD Awards have been a great platform to recognize and celebrate some of the outstanding financial directors in the region. Our winners have demonstrated not only a depth of knowledge, enthusiasm and the strategic vision to help drive their company forward, but have also had a real impact on the success of their business in a tough climate.”
Cliff Sewell, Chief Executive of Sewell Recruitment Group agrees: “The evening is a fabulous end to an enlightening process. I have been lucky to be involved in the whole process and in am excited about the future of UK PLC especially the North West. In a time of 24/7 bad news stories I can assure people that there are some fantastic success stories out there at the moment and it is clear the companies FDs are at the leading edge of achieving this”.
Jane Haxby, Partner at Squire Sanders Hammonds concluded: “The difficult financial conditions of the past few of years have forced all finance directors to adapt the way they manage the financial resources of their businesses. I have been impressed by the strong case that all of the candidates made. It’s good to know that North West's businesses can count on such dedicated and talented individuals”.