2022 West Midlands Finance Awards Winners

Businesses and professionals from across West Midlands celebrated at a black-tie awards gala dinner hosted by comedian Justin Moorhouse on Thursday 26th May 2022 at the ICC in Birmingham as the winners were announced across 13 categories.

The evening successfully raised over £4,400 for the Birmingham Children's Hospital.

2022 WINNERS

FINANCE DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR (OVER £100M TURNOVER) 

Awarded to a finance director with a demonstrable legacy of delivery in financial performance, leadership and management. The winner is from a business turning over more than £100m annually and will have provided examples of providing strategic direction to their company.

WINNER

Nicky Thomas
Wolseley

 

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

Sponsored by Sciensus

Awarded to a finance director with a demonstrable legacy of delivery in financial performance, leadership and management. The winner is from a business turning over up to £100m annually and will have provided examples of providing strategic direction to their company.

WINNER

Paul Bird
Ampa (SHMA)

 

FINANCE DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR (NOT FOR PROFIT)

Sponsored by SmartWater Group

Awarded to a finance director with a demonstrable legacy of delivery in financial performance, leadership and management. The winner will be from a not-for-profit business and will have provided examples of providing strategic direction to their company.

WINNER

Craig Edmondson
Black Country Living Museum

 

FINANCIAL CONTROLLER OF THE YEAR

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

WINNER

Adam Phillips
National Express Group PLC


HIGHLY COMMENDED

Jamie McNally
LCP

 

FINANCE TEAM OF THE YEAR (OVER 20 PEOPLE)

Awarded to a finance team with over 20 members that has demonstrated excellence in its field, with proven examples of 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 and encompass an infectious team spirit.

WINNER

Halfords
 

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Wolseley

 

FINANCE TEAM OF THE YEAR (20 PEOPLE OR LESS)

Awarded to a finance team with 20 members or less that has demonstrated excellence in its field, with proven examples of 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 and encompass an infectious team spirit.

WINNER

Tandem Property Asset Management LLP

 

FINANCE TEAM OF THE YEAR (NOT-FOR-PROFIT)

Sponsored by Naismiths

The not-for-profit finance team of the year demonstrated excellence in its field, with proven examples of collective successes within the last 12 months. The winning team positively impacted the wider business through outstanding achievements in the delivery of projects and encompass an infectious team spirit.

WINNER

Citizen

 

SHARED SERVICE CENTRE OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Tandem Property Asset Management

This award goes to a West Midlands based shared service centre and will be measured against strength of processes and people. Throughout the judging process we looked for examples of key achievements around delivery and exemplary customer service.

WINNER

LKQ Euro Car Parts

 

FINANCE TRANSFORMATION & CHANGE

Sponsored by Gowling WLG

The Finance Transformation & Change award is 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 was 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.

WINNER

Linnaeus Veterinary Ltd 


HIGHLY COMMENDED

Signal Traffic Management Ltd

 

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 is a finance professional with under 8 years of post qualified experience. They provided examples of high achievement and outperforming their peer group.

WINNER

Kathryn Finch (nee Mason)
2 Sisters Food Group

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Tom Lloyd
Linnaeus Veterinary Ltd

 

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 is a finance professional with under 8 years of experience. They provided examples of high achievement and out-performing their peer group.

WINNER

Jemma Youngman
BDO

 

TRANSACTIONAL FINANCE TEAM OF THE YEAR

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

WINNER

Citizen
Transactions Team

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Keys Group
Accounts Recievable Team

BUSINESS RESILIENCE AWARD

Presented to a finance team that has demonstrated an outstanding response to the challenges posed by the pandemic. The winning team showed agility and resilience in their approach over the last 24 months, and demonstrated examples of going above and beyond in supporting colleagues, customers and/or the wider community.

The judging panel selected the winner of this award from all of the businesses that entered the 2022 West Midlands Finance Awards (excluding Rising Star of the Year).

WINNER

National Express Group PLC