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2024 Finance Awards North West Shortlist

2024 Finance Awards North West Shortlist

Congratulations to all shortlisted individuals and businesses for the 2024 Finance Awards North West! We received a record number of entries this year (50% increase on 2023), with an exceptionally high quality of talent. Only those who scored within the top percentage have been taken through and as such, the judges would like to commend you on making it through to the final shortlist. 

The 2024 shortlist is a reflection of the outstanding achievements and dedication of finance professionals and businesses across the North West region. If you were not shortlisted for the awards this should not deter you from entering again in 2025.

Thank you to the judges that have taken the time to be involved in this years meetings:

  • HSBC
  • RSM
  • Robert Walters
  • ACCA
  • Industry guests

 

FINANCE AWARDS NORTH WEST 2024 SHORTLIST:


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

Awarded to a Finance Director/CFO (over £100m turnover) with a demonstrable legacy of delivery in financial performance, leadership and management. The winner will have clearly provided examples of where their strategic direction has positively impacted both their team and company.

  • SANJEEV CHOPRA
    Amoria Bond Limited

  • GEMMA SWIFT
    Cammell Laird

  • GORDON OLIVER
    James Halstead plc

  • LIAM MCGONAGLE
    The Cardinal Partnership
  • DUNCAN PRESTON
    Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

  • NICK SCOTT
    Footasylum Ltd

  • DAVID KEHOE
    Suttons International




FINANCE DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR (£25M - £100M TURNOVER)

Awarded to a Finance Director/CFO (£25m - £100m turnover) with a demonstrable legacy of delivery in financial performance, leadership and management. The winner will have clearly provided examples of where their strategic direction has positively impacted both their team and company.

  • PIPPA GLENDINING 
    Worldwide Recruitment Solutions Ltd

  • IAN PICKUP
    CAVU (EMEA)

  • JANE HART 
    CAVU (AMER)

 

  • IAN CLARK
    Online4Baby

  • ELISE ROBERTSON
    Harrison Holidays



FINANCE DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR (LESS THAN £25M TURNOVER)

This is awarded to the Finance Director/CFO (less than £25m turnover) with a demonstrable legacy of delivery in financial performance, leadership and management. The winner will have clearly provided examples of where their strategic direction has positively impacted both their team and company.

  • MARK DUNN
    North West Logistics Limited

  • DARREN WOODS
    Freedom Fibre Ltd

  • DIANNE BLAMIRE
    Aspire for Intelligent Care and Support CIC
  • KATE COWAN
    Hope Capital

  • EMMA STENSON
    Stockport Truck Centre Ltd


FINANCIAL CONTROLLER OF THE YEAR (OVER £100M TURNOVER) 

Awarded to the Financial Controller (over £100m turnover) with a demonstrable legacy of delivery in financial performance, leadership, management and development. They will have provided examples of strengthening financial control and processes across the organisation, driving continuous improvement and developing a team.

  • IRENE YEUNG
    Cammell Laird

  • ALEX MILLER
    Citation Group

  • SIMON WILKINSON
    The Cardinal Partnership
  • RACHEL MORRISON
    RSA Insurance Group Ltd

  • GREG MCCUSKER
    Weightmans LLP


FINANCIAL CONTROLLER OF THE YEAR (UP TO £100M TURNOVER) 

Awarded to the Financial Controller (up to £100m turnover) with a demonstrable legacy of delivery in financial performance, leadership, management and development. They will have provided examples of strengthening financial control and processes across the organisation, driving continuous improvement and developing a team.

  • MARK ALDRED
    Godel Technologies

  • HAYLEY RAMSDEN
    The Parently Group

  • AMY JOHNSON
    David M Robinson
  • IGLI PECI
    Swans Travel

  • JANINE HIRST
    Aspect Fire Solutions Ltd

  • CATHERINE ANDERSON
    Skiddle Limited


FINANCE BUSINESS PARTNER OF THE YEAR

Awarded to the Finance Business Partner with a demonstrable legacy of delivery in financial performance, management and development whilst adding real commercial value to the business. They will have provided examples of where they have driven improvements, guided decision making & set strategy within their business unit and taken a responsibility for continuous development.

  • MARK HUTTON
    Valor Hospitality

  • DAVID HANCOCK
    Manchester Airports Group

  • EMMA WANT
    Manchester Airports Group

  • ANTHONY LAWTON
    Cammell Laird

  • JOE CROSS
    Sykes Holiday Cottages
  • ALEX MATTHEWS
    NCC Group

  • JUSTIN WITTER
    Forest Holidays
     
  • BILLY ROWELL
    Stobart

  • FIONA HASTINGS
    Mowgli Street Food


FINANCE TEAM OF THE YEAR (20+ PEOPLE) - GREATER MANCHESTER & LANCASHIRE

The Finance Team of the Year (20+ people) will demonstrate excellence in their field, with proven examples of collective successes within the last 12 months. This shortlist is of businesses based within Greater Manchester & Lancashire. 

  • EXERTIS

  • AQA EDUCATION

  • EG GROUP
  • THG

  • THE CARDINAL PARTNERSHIP

  • NCC GROUP


FINANCE TEAM OF THE YEAR (20+ PEOPLE) - CHESHIRE & MERSEYSIDE

The Finance Team of the Year (20+ people) will demonstrate excellence in their field, with proven examples of collective successes within the last 12 months. This shortlist is of businesses based within Cheshire & Merseyside.

  • RSA INSURANCE GROUP LTD

  • CHESTER ZOO

  • AMEY LTD
    Accounts Payable Team

  • MURPHY
  • STOBART

  • CAMMELL LAIRD

  • WEIGHTMANS LLP

  • RADIUS LIMITED
    Financial Operations Team


FINANCE TEAM OF THE YEAR ( 6-19 PEOPLE) - CHESHIRE & MERSEYSIDE

The Finance Team of the Year (6-19 people) will demonstrate excellence in their field, with proven examples of collective successes within the last 12 months. This shortlist is of businesses based within Cheshire & Merseyside.

  • LIVERPOOL SCHOOL OF TROPICAL MEDICINE

  • ZUTO

  • AMEY LTD
    Credit & Collections Team
  • THE CITATION GROUP
    UK Division Finance Team

  • RADIUS LIMITED
    Purchase Ledger Team


FINANCE TEAM OF THE YEAR ( 6-19 PEOPLE) - GREATER MANCHESTER & LANCASHIRE

The Finance Team of the Year (6-19 people) will demonstrate excellence in their field, with proven examples of collective successes within the last 12 months. This shortlist is of businesses based within Greater Manchester & Lancashire. 

  • PETS CHOICE

  • FREEDOM FIBRE LTD

  • MANCHESTER AIRPORTS GROUP
    Payroll Team

  • HOLOGIC
  • EAGLE EYE SOLUTIONS

  • DESTINATION SPORT

  • YLEM ENERGY

  • DNATA TRAVEL UK
    Credit Control Team


FINANCE TEAM OF THE YEAR (5 PEOPLE OR LESS) 

The Finance Team of the Year (5 people or less) will be a North West based business that has demonstrated excellence in the field, with proven examples of collective successes within the last 12 months. 

  • CASTRADS

  • LOFT

  • MANCHESTER AIRPORTS GROUP
    Financial Reporting Team
  • SWANS TRAVEL

  • WILKINSON STAR LIMITED

  • SORTED


SHARED SERVICE CENTRE OF THE YEAR

This award will go to a Shared Service Centre based in the North West and will be measured against the strength of business processes and people focus. Shortlisted businesses have provided examples of key achievements around delivery and providing exemplary customer service.

  • EG GROUP

  • AMEY GROUP SHARED SERVICES (GSS)
  • RSA INSURANCE GROUP LTD

  • HOLOGIC


FINANCE TEAM PLAYER OF THE YEAR 

This award will go to a finance team member who has been instrumental in the team’s success over the past 12 months. They will be both a high achiever and committed team player, their dedication in their day-to-day role and infectious positive attitude serving to maintain team performance and boost team morale.

  • LAURIE DEWAR
    Valor Hospitality

  • LAURA JOYCE
    Manchester Airports Group

  • ANDY SELWOOD
    Manchester Airports Group

  • JOANNE MUSKER
    RSA Insurance Group Ltd

  • SAMUEL BARR
    Cherrytree Bakery Ltd
  • JAN FISH
    Cammell Laird

  • PETER PARKER
    Murphy

  • KAY BRENNAND-MILLINGTON
    Sentinel Performance Solutions Ltd

  • HAYLEY MCWEAN
    Weightmans LLP


RISING STAR OF THE YEAR - QUALIFIED

This is presented to the most passionate, driven and delivery focused qualified finance professional in the market. The winner of the qualified award will be a finance professional with less than 5 years of post-qualified experience. They will have provided examples of high achievement and outperforming their peer group.

  • MATTHEW TURNER
    Aro

  • IULIANA GHEMIS
    Weightmans LLP

  • AARON IRONS
    Tetrosyl Group Limited
     
  • MARIE DAWSON
    Manchester Airports Group

  • ALEX THOMAS
    Freedom Fibre Ltd

 

  • LIAM WILSON
    Elevate Accountancy

  • CARLY WYNNE
    Sykes Holiday Cottages

  • GARY HUNT
    RSA Insurance Group Ltd

  • SHIVAM ARORA
    NCC Group


RISING STAR OF THE YEAR - PART-QUALIFIED

This is presented to the most passionate, driven and delivery focused part-qualified finance professional in the market. The winner of the part-qualified award will be a finance professional with less than 8 years’ experience and currently studying for a finance qualification. They will have provided examples of high achievement and outperforming their peer group.

  • ALEX RILEY
    WS Transportation

  • IHTISHAM SONVADI
    EG Group

  • HUSSAIN ARAIN
    NCC Group

  • HON CHEUNG SHAM
    Freedom Fibre Ltd
  • DANIELA DUCIN
    Stobart

  • JAE SWIFT
    Cammell Laird

  • RAEES GABA
    EG Group

  • KATE TAYLOR
    EG Group


RISING STAR OF THE YEAR - NON-QUALIFIED

This is presented to the most passionate, driven and delivery focused non-qualified finance professional in the market. They will have provided examples of high achievement and outperforming their peer group.

  • JOANNA WALMSLEY
    TLA

  • SEAN MILLER
    Stobart

  • AMY HAWKINS
    dnata Travel UK

  • RACHAEL PARKINSON
    Manchester Airports Group
  • JAMIE O'BRIEN
    RSA INSURANCE GROUP LTD

  • HANNAH JONES
    Amey Ltd

  • SOPHIE RICE
    Cammell Laird

  • DANIEL HARRISON
    Murphy

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