2019 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 face-to-face 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 9th – 20th September 2019.
Find out more about the 2019 categories here.
Meet the 2018 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 the 2018 West Midlands Finance Awards.
- BEN HERRING
Senior Finance Manager, Aston Martin
- LOUISA HORTH
Financial Controller, West Midlands Railway
- IAN FARRELL
Finance Director, Severn Trent
- GLENN COLLINS
Director of Shared Services and Transformation, Britvic
- ANDREW FITCHFORD
Finance Director, Eriks
- BEN POWELL
- TONY SEATON,
Assosciate Director, Blue Sky Corporate Finance
- SOPHIE DALE-BLACK
Midlands Regional Director, ICAEW
- CRAIG EDMONDSON
Deputy Chief Executive (Finance and Resources), Black Country Living Museum
- KATIE GILES
Financial Entity Controller, AT&T
- TRACEY JAMES
Senior Partner, Holder Blackthorn LLP
- CELIA ADAMS
- ANDREW COULSON
Partner, Dolfinblue Accounting
- HELEN DREW
Partner, Corew UK LLP
- CLIVE BAWDEN
Director, Look After Business
- DAVID MELBOURNE
Deputy CEO & CFO, Birmingham Women’s & Children’s Hospital
- KATIE HALE
President , Sutton Coldfield Chamber of Commerce; Client Services Director, Plott Creative
- KEVIN JOHNS
President, Solihull Chamber of Commerce; Director, Prime Accountants
- QASIM MAJID
President, Asian Business Chamber of Commerce; CEO, WOW Zone
- HOWARD ROSE
Solihull Chamber of Commerce Committee Member; Business Director, Balsall Common Primary School
- NIK HARDY
President, Burton Chamber of Commerce; Founder and Managing Partner, Hardy Signs
- KEITH STOKES - SMITH
President, Greater Birmingham Commonwealth Chamber of Commerce