Applying or nominating for an award

Group of finance professionals in front of a back drop with their winning award

The application/nomination process is quick and easy, with a simple online form to complete. successful applicants will then be invited to an interview with an expert panel of industry judges with the winners and highly commended announced at the awards evening  

Applications for 2019 will open next year. If you would like to be notified when next year's awards are open for nomination and application, please contact us today.



Step 1. Short online application/nomination form 

An initial nomination/application consists of a maximum of 200 words why you should win the award. Apply directly or nominate a colleague/employee/friend - 2019 date to be annouced in the new year. The initial application consists of a few short questions about the nominee's/applicant's role and why they deserve to win the award.

Find out more about 2018's previous categories here.

Step 2. Meeting with judges

If 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 dates for judging have been confirmed, the applicant/nominee will be sent pre-set questions that will structure the second stage interview. 


The interview is judged by the four businesses and scored with the highest average winning the award. The second stage will be recorded and judged by our panel. All recordings are deleted once the scoring has been completed.

2018 guest judges are:

  • Ben Herring - Senior Finance Manager, Aston Martin
  • Louisa Horth - Financial Controller, WM Trains
  • Ian Farrell - Finance Director, Severn Trent Water
  • Glenn Collins - Director of Financial Shared Services, Britvic
  • Andrew Fitchford - Finance Director, ERIKS UK

2017 guest judges were:

  • Nicholas Winsor - Head of Transformation, HSBC Bank Plc
  • Neil Smith - Finance Director, Gateley Plc
  • Paul Anderson - Managing Director, Deutsche Bank
  • Sharon Walton - Chief Operating Officer, GVA
  • Adrian Cutler - Partner, Higgs & Sons
  • Karen Ratcliffe - Finance Director, Veolia
  • Chris Plant - UK Financial Controller, Ovivo UK Ltd
  • Toby Porter - CEO, Acorns Children’s Hospice
  • Daniel Ralph - Chief Financial Officer, Clamason Industries Ltd
  • Tracey James - Chartered Accountant, Holder Blackthorn LLP
  • Amy Burton - Associate Director, RSM UK
  • Craig Edmundsen - ‎Deputy Chief Executive (Finance and Resources), Black Country Living Museum
  • Fiona Forster - Director, KPMG
  • John Kelly - President, ICAEW Birmingham & West Midlands

What is the criteria?

Each award category consists of a specific criteria against which all applications/nominations have been judged. The criteria and categories can be found here.

Who can apply?

The Awards are open to all finance professionals and businesses within the West Midlands area. 

Apply/nominate here.