West Midlands Finance Awards Shortlist

Congratulations to all shortlisted nominees! The shortlisting process has been particularly difficult as both the quality and volume of the applicants were very high. If you were not shortlisted this year we hope you apply again next year. 

This year's shortlist demonstrates the hard work, dedication and passion of finance professionals across the West Midlands. We look forward to honouring all shortlisted professionals and celebrating the winners on Wednesday 30th November 2016 at The ICC in Birmingham

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THE 2016 WEST MIDLANDS FINANCE AWARDS SHORTLIST: 

 

FINANCE DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by GVA

This will be awarded to the Finance Director with a demonstrable legacy of delivery in financial performance, leadership and management. They must be able to provide examples of providing strategic direction of their company. 

  • Thomas Baumgartner
    Voestalpine Metsec Plc
  • Stuart Howell
    Water Plus
  • Adrian Delamere
    G&P Group Holdings Ltd
  • Jimmy Vassilas
    Autodesk

Catharine has been a member of Manchester PA Network since its beginnings and has supported at all our events along the way.  Catharine along with Jane proactively picked up the baton of organising the Manchester 10K for the Manchester PA Network this year.  It was the best turn out the network have had with not only runners and cheerleaders, but also raising the most money to date.Catharine has been a member of Manchester PA Network since its beginnings and has supported at all our events along the way.  Catharine along with Jane proactively picked up the baton of organising the Manchester 10K for the Manchester PA Network this year.  It was the best turn out the network have had with not only runners and cheerleaders, but also raising the most money to date.

Tracy Williams
Indigo Planning 

Tracey has been a great ambassador for the Manchester PA Network and encouraged her niece Rebecca (winner of the 2015 rising start award) to join her at the networking events. Tracey has rarely missed an event and can always be found with her group of Manchester PA Network friends and contacts soaking up each event with a big smile on her face. Tracey recommends the network to venues and is often sending emails to the co-founders with new venues and contacts of business development people.

Queen Bee PA

Helen and Jane have been longstanding members of the Manchester PA Network and always support the events be it attending them or promoting them on social media. 

A little different to most of our attendees Helen and Jane run their own Virtual Assistant business which brings a new dynamic to the network and has helped the members knowledge and understanding of VAs and their roles. 

 
 

Tracy Williams
Indigo Planning 

Tracey has been a great ambassador for the Manchester PA Network and encouraged her niece Rebecca (winner of the 2015 rising start award) to join her at the networking events. Tracey has rarely missed an event and can always be found with her group of Manchester PA Network friends and contacts soaking up each event with a big smile on her face. Tracey recommends the network to venues and is often sending emails to the co-founders with new venues and contacts of business development people.

Queen Bee PA

Helen and Jane have been longstanding members of the Manchester PA Network and always support the events be it attending them or promoting them on social media. 

A little different to most of our attendees Helen and Jane run their own Virtual Assistant business which brings a new dynamic to the network and has helped the members knowledge and understanding of VAs and their roles. 

 
 
  • Rob Brewill
    Selco Builders Warehouse
  • Glenn Colins
    Interserve
  • Neil Smith
    Gateley Plc

RISING STAR OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by Robert Walters

Presented to the most passionate, driven and delivery focused person in the market. The winner of this award will be a finance professional with under 8 years of experience. They must be able to provide examples of high achievement and out-performing their peer group.

QUALIFIED

  • Wai-Kwan Chin
    GVA
  • Naymesh Patel
    GVA
  • Jordan Ford
    Halfords Group plc
  • Stewart Yates
    Autodesk
  • Matt Clay
    Resource Group
  • Richard Guest
    BT Fleet

NON QUALIFIED / PART QUALIFIED

  • Mike Carter
    Halfords Group Plc
  • Olivia Hodgkiss
    Interserve
  • Hajera Begum
    Birmingham Women's Hospital
  • Niina Nevalainen
    Kite Packaging Ltd

FINANCE TEAM OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by ICAEW

The Finance Team of the year will demonstrate excellence in their field, with proven examples of collective successes within the last 12 months. The winning team may have positively impacted the wider business through outstanding achievements in the delivery of projects and encompass an infectious team spirit.

FINANCE TEAM (over 20 people)

  • National Exhibition Centre
  • Gateley Plc
  • Core Assets 
  • Interserve (Credit Management Team)
  • London Midland

FINANCE TEAM (of 20 people or less)

  • Ovivo
  • National Express Group Plc (Group Finance Team)
  • VFS Financial Services (Volvo)
  • Higgs & Sons Solicitors
  • Bohler-Uddeholm (UK) Ltd

SHARED SERVICE CENTRE OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce

This award will go to a West Midlands-based Shared Service Centre and will be measured against strength of processes and people. We will be looking for examples of key achievements around delivery and exemplary customer service. 

  • Jurys Inn
  • Interserve
  • Tarmac
  • Rentokil Initial
  • GVA
  • Veolia

MENTOR OF THE YEAR

This award will go to an individual who has acted as a mentor to another finance professional(s), and has developed, coached and inspired their mentee(s).

  • Majeed Iqbal
    Deutsche Bank
  • Catherine Box
    Cushman & Wakefield
  • Sharon Walton
    GVA
  • Donna Austin
    Interserve
  • Ahmed Farooq
    Wesleyan Assurance Society 


TRAINING BODY OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by Veolia

This award will go to the training body with the strongest track record of achievement. As well as assessing pass rates, the panel will also be considering breadth of courses offered along with examples of successes of its alumni. 

  • Birmingham Business School
  • Kaplan
  • Birmingham City University 

BUSINESS OF THE YEAR (SMALL/MEDIUM)
Sponsored by Unity Trust Bank

The winner of this award will be an innovative organisation, who has shown financial growth whilst also benefitting the West Midlands' economy through employment. To enter for this award, the business must have a site and finance function in the West Midlands. Applicants for this award must employ less than 250 employees. 

  • Gemini Professional Financial Group
  • Connect Advertising & Marketing LLP
  • Citibase Plc
  • Bristan
  • Hollywood Monster
  • Entrepreneurs Circle

BUSINESS OF THE YEAR (LARGE)
Sponsored by Ovivo

The winner of this award will be an innovative organisation, who has shown financial growth whilst also benefitting the West Midlands' economy through employment. To enter for this award, the business must have a site and finance function in the West Midlands.

  • GVA
  • Voestalpine Metsec Plc
  • Rentokil Initial