2022 Judging process

Each year, a selection of accomplished finance professionals within the region are invited to join the judging panel as an industry recognised guest judge. They are responsible for helping decide which businesses will make the final shortlist by providing their judges scores.

  • If your initial application is successful, applicants/nominees will be invited by a member of the Award Partners to join them for the second stage of the application process.
  • This stage will involve an informal virtual meeting with the judging panel. The panel will consist of the Award Partners and an industry expert as a guest judge, who will discuss with you the application put forward, this will last approx 40-60 minutes
  • Once confirmed, the applicant/nominee will be sent pre-set questions that will structure the second stage interview. 

Guest judges will be invited to the exclusive Awards evening and have the opportunity to network with the region’s top finance talent.

This year’s judging process will take place Monday 14th March - Friday 25th March 2022.

Find out more about the 2022 categories here.

Meet previous guest judges

A special thanks goes to the following guest judges, who had the challenging task of judging this year's outstanding applicants. With their help, Robert Walters and the Executive Partners were able to shortlist the most exemplary nominees for previous years' West Midlands Finance Awards. 

Find out more about the Executive Partners here.

GUEST JUDGES

  • ABBIE VLAHAKIS
  • DAVID LINDSAY
  • HELEN LUMB 
  • JOE PARKES
  • KIM LARSEN
  • MARTIN KING
  • NIGEL GILPIN
  • RAY REIDY
  • STEVE TOWLER

ICAEW

  • ANDREW COULSON
  • BEN POWELL
  • CELIA ADAMS
  • HELEN DREW
  • KATIE GILES
  • REBECCA CROWTHER
  • SOPHIE DALE-BLACK
  • TONY SEATON 
  • TRACEY JAMES

RSM

  • AINSLEY WAINWRIGHT
  • ANNA SPENCER-GRAY
  • ELAINE SHIELS
  • EMILY ROBINSON
  • GURJ SANDHU
  • HOWARD WYLIE
  • MARK TAYLOR
  • MIKE GAHIR
  • NICK BLUNDELL
  • PETER WILLIAMS
  • RICHARD ECCLES