West Midlands Finance Awards Shortlist

Congratulations to all shortlisted nominees for the 2019 Awards. The outstanding quality of applications and nominations increase each year, and 2019 was no exception! If you were not shortlisted for the 2019 awards, please persevere and apply again for the 2020 season. 

The 2019 shortlist provides examples of the outstanding achievements and dedication of finance professionals and businesses across the West Midlands region.

All applications were judged by:

  • Guest judges
  • ICAEW
  • RSM
  • Robert Walters 

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2019 WEST MIDLANDS FINANCE AWARDS SHORTLIST

FINANCE DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR (UP TO £100M TURNOVER) 

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

  • CHRIS SHARPE
    Intercity Technology
  • ESTHER JONES
    Quattro Plant
 
  • JENNY YOUNG
    Castleton Technology PLC

  • JULIE TEAGUE
    Cogent Elliott Ltd
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FINANCE DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR (NOT-FOR-PROFIT)

Awarded to the Finance Director with a demonstrable legacy of delivery in financial performance, leadership and management. The winner must be able to provide examples of providing strategic direction to their employer.

  • NAFEES ARIF
    West Midlands Metro

  • MARTIN PENNY
    BMet
  • STEPHEN DEAKIN
    BCRS Business Loans
  • KERRY BARNETT
    Financial Controller at GRS Group 
 
  • MATT BEATHE
    Corporate Finance & Investor Relations at Halfords Group Plc
  • KERRY BARNETT
    Financial Controller at GRS Group 
 
  • MATT BEATHE
    Corporate Finance & Investor Relations at Halfords Group Plc
  • KERRY BARNETT
    Financial Controller at GRS Group 
 
  • MATT BEATHE
    Corporate Finance & Investor Relations at Halfords Group Plc
  • KERRY BARNETT
    Financial Controller at GRS Group 
 
  • MATT BEATHE
    Corporate Finance & Investor Relations at Halfords Group Plc
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FINANCE DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR (£100M+ TURNOVER) 

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

  • CHRIS WREN-KIRKHAM
    Legal & General Insurance Limited

  • ANDREW EDGINTON
  • Gowling WLG
  • MARK BURN
    Fraikin Ltd

  • ROBIN MAWBY
    LCP Retail Ltd
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RISING STAR OF THE YEAR (NON/PART QUALIFIED)

Sponsored by Millenium Point

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 under 8 years of experience. They must be able to provide examples of high achievement and out-performing their peer group. 

  • JAMES BLANDAMER
    Naismiths Limited

  • TOM SWAINSON
    Tarmac

  • CLAIR ALLEN
    Halfords
  • MICHAEL DUNHAM
    Cadent Gas 

  • LUKE EDWARDS
    Interservefm Limited

  • KAREN FOXALL
    Dudley Building Society

 

  • Mondelez 

  • Higgs & Sons 
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RISING STAR OF THE YEAR (QUALIFIED)

Sponsored by Birmingham Airport

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 under 8 years of post qualified experience. They must be able to provide examples of high achievement and out-performing their peer group. 

  • ANDREW SHAW
    Housing 21
  • KATE HAGUE
    Halfords
  • LIAM BUTLER
    Dudley Building Society
  • JJ MIAN
    Millennium Point
  • JODIE HALL
    Secure Trust Bank PLC
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FINANCE TEAM OF THE YEAR (OVER 20 PEOPLE)

The Finance Team of the Year will demonstrate excellence in its 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.

  • GOWLING WLG

SANDWELL & WEST BIRMINGHAM HOSPITALS NHS TRUST CHARITY 

 

WEST MIDLANDS COMBINED AUTHORITY

 

SANDWELL & WEST BIRMINGHAM HOSPITALS NHS TRUST CHARITY 

 

WEST MIDLANDS COMBINED AUTHORITY

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  • MCDONALD'S RESTAURANTS LTD
    GBS Finance UK & Ireland

FINANCE TEAM OF THE YEAR (20 PEOPLE OR LESS)

The Finance Team of the Year will demonstrate excellence in its 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. 

  • UNITY TRUST BANK

  • CROSS COUNTRY

  • DUDLEY BUILDING SOCIETY

  • HOMESERVE PLC
  • SEVERN TRENT
    Capital Delivery Finance

  • BIRMINGHAM AIRPORT

  • BRIAN HYDE LTD
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FINANCE TEAM OF THE YEAR (NOT-FOR-PROFIT)

Sponsored by Veolia

The Not-for-Profit Finance Team of the Year will demonstrate excellence in its 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. 

  • HOUSING 21

  • ORBIT GROUP
 
 
  • THE NATIONAL LOTTERY COMMUNITY FUND

SHARED SERVICE CENTRE OF THE YEAR 

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. 

  • HALFORDS

  • HANDICARE GROUP

  • BRITVIC
  • CENTRAL ENGLAND COOP

  • SANCTUARY GROUP

BUSINESS INNOVATION 

The winner of this award will demonstrate the successful delivery and/or implementation of activities that have led to the betterment of the Business.  This can be anything from a Transformation Project or ERP upgrade, through to the enhancement of people or the improvement of overall customer experience.

  • BRITVIC

  • CORIENT BUSINESS SOLUTIONS

  • DUDLEY BUILDING SOCIETY
  • ROUTECO LTD

  • GOWLING WLG
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