About the Awards

Three female finance professionals enjoying themselves on the dance floor at the Finance Awards

The West Midlands Finance Awards seeks to promote and celebrate the outstanding achievements of businesses and individuals within the West Midlands' finance community.

The awards celebrate the achievements of the region’s top finance professionals. The awards also recognise the outstanding local businesses that contribute to the economy and employment in the West Midlands across various award categories.

The 2020 awards were postponed due to lockdown but we are excited to confirm the awards are back and applications are open. Applications have now closed for the West Midlands Finance Awards 2022. 

WMCA award winners at the West Midlands Finance Awards
Chiz Onuora Keynote speaker at the West Midlands Finance Awards

2022 Award categories:

  • Finance Director of the Year (Up to £100m turnover)
  • Finance Director of the Year (Over £100m turnover)
  • Finance Director of the Year Not-for-Profit
  • Financial Controller of the Year
  • Finance Team of the Year (20 people or less)
  • Finance Team of the Year (Over 20 people)
  • Finance Team of the Year Not-for-Profit
  • Finance Transformation & Change
  • Rising Star of the Year (Qualified)
  • Rising Star of the Year (Non/Part-Qualified)
  • Shared Service Centre of the Year
  • Transactional Finance Team of the Year

Award criteria:

Finance Director of the Year 

This award is split into two categories based on company turnover:

  • Finance Director of the Year (Up to £100m turnover)
    Sponsored by Sciensus
  • Finance Director of the Year (Over £100m turnover)

Awarded to the Finance Director with a demonstrable legacy of delivery in financial performance, leadership and management. The winner will have clearly provided examples of where their strategic direction has positively impacted both their team and company.

 

Finance Director of the Year Not-for-Profit
Sponsored by DeterTech

Awarded to the Finance Director from a not-for-profit organisation with a demonstrable legacy of delivery in financial performance, leadership and management. The winner will have clearly provided examples of where their strategic direction has positively impacted both their team and company.

 

Financial Controller of the Year

Awarded to the Financial Controller with a demonstrable legacy of delivery in financial performance, leadership, management and development. They will be able to provide examples of strengthening financial control and processes across the organisation, driving continuous improvement and developing a team.

 

Finance Team of the Year

This award is split into two categories based on team size:

  • Finance Team of the Year (20 people or less)
  • Finance Team of the Year (Over 20 people)

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 of the Year Not-for-Profit
Sponsored by Naismiths

The Finance Team of the year will be from a not-for-profit organisation and 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 company through outstanding achievements in the delivery of projects and encompass an infectious team spirit.

 

Finance Transformation & Change
Sponsored by Gowling WLG

The Finance Transformation & Change award will be presented to a team that has demonstrated the successful delivery and/or implementation of activities leading to the improvement or growth of its organisation. This can be demonstrated through a range of activities with examples including (though not limited to) transformation projects, system upgrades, development of people and their careers and process re-engineering.

 

Rising Star of the Year (Qualified)
Sponsored by Gateley

Presented to the most passionate, driven and delivery focused person in the market. The winner of the qualified award will be a finance professional with less than 5 years of post-qualified experience. They will have provided examples of high achievement and outperforming their peer group.

 

Rising Star of the Year (Non/Part-Qualified)
Sponsored by LCP

Presented to the most passionate, driven and delivery focused person in the market. The winner of the non/part-qualified award will be a finance professional with less than 8 years of experience. They will have provided examples of high achievement and outperforming their peer group.

Shared Service Centre of the Year
Sponsored by Tandem Property Asset Management

This award will go to a Shared Service Centre based in the West Midlands and will be measured against the strength of its business processes and people-centric approach. We will be looking for exemplary customer service, coupled with best in class business processes

 

Transactional Finance Team of the Year 

This award will go to a West Midlands based Transactional Finance Team that has demonstrated excellence in its field. They will need to have demonstrated collective successes within the last 12 months. The winning team will have positively impacted the wider business through outstanding achievements in the delivery of projects. The team should also embody a positive team spirit.

"We came last year and didn't walk away with an award, and tonight we've won two awards. We have plenty lined up for 2019 and so we will definitely be putting ourselves up for an award next year!"

Mcdonald's
Winners of Finance Team of the Year (20+ people):
Highly Commended for Rising Star (Non/Part-Qualified)