en
Jobs

Let our industry specialists listen to your aspirations and present your story to the most esteemed organisations in the UK, as we collaborate to write the next chapter of your successful career.

See all jobs
Services

The UK's leading employers trust us to deliver fast, efficient hiring solutions that are tailored to their exact requirements. Browse our range of bespoke services and resources.

Read more
About Robert Walters UK

Since our establishment in 1985, our belief remains the same: Building strong relationships with people is vital in a successful partnership.

Learn more

Work for us

Our people are the difference. Hear stories from our people to learn more about a career at Robert Walters UK

Learn more

Finance Awards North West Winners

2023 Finance Awards North West Winners

 

Professionals and businesses were honoured across 16 award categories at a prestigious awards ceremony on Thursday 8th June 2023 at the Kimpton Clocktower Hotel in Manchester. The awards recognised the outstanding achievements of professionals and businesses, the diversity of talent in the region and future leaders set to innovate and shape the industry. Entertainment came from comedian and North West native, Justin Moorhouse, and live music from LP Collective.

Thanks to your generous support, we raised over £3000 on the night for Royal Manchester Children's Hospital & Alder Hey Children's Hospital. Massive thanks to our special guests for the night, Pride of Britain winners Hughie & Freddie. You can follow their fundraising story on the below channels.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hughieandfreddie/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/sarahronnan
Website: www.hughieandfreddie.com

 

 

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

This award acknowledges the legacy of an esteemed figure of the North West finance community. This award wasn’t open for entries, instead the winner has been selected by the panel for their outstanding contribution to the region’s finance community.

WINNER

ERIC SOLOMONS

 

FINANCE DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR (OVER £200 MILLION TURNOVER)

This is awarded to the Finance Director (over £200 million turnover) with a demonstrable legacy of delivery in financial performance, leadership and management.

WINNER

MIKE HAZELL
Co-op


FINANCE DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR (£100M - £200M TURNOVER)

This is awarded to the Finance Director (£100m - £200m turnover) with a demonstrable legacy of delivery in financial performance, leadership and management.

WINNER

KRISTIAN ROBERTS
The Senator Group


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

This is awarded to the Finance Director (£25m - £100m turnover) with a demonstrable legacy of delivery in financial performance, leadership and management.

WINNER

MICHAEL WOOLLEY
Mission Mars


FINANCE DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR (UP TO £25M TURNOVER)

This is awarded to the Finance Director (Up to £25m turnover) with a demonstrable legacy of delivery in financial performance, leadership and management.

WINNER

RICHARD GODSLAND
Inprova Ltd


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

The Finance Team of the Year (20+ people - Cheshire & Merseyside) will have demonstrated excellence in the field, with proven examples of collective successes within the last 12 months.

WINNER

WEIGHTMANS LLP


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

The Finance Team of the Year (20+ people - Greater Manchester & Lancashire) will have demonstrated excellence in the field, with proven examples of collective successes within the last 12 months.

WINNER

VITAL ENERGI


FINANCE TEAM OF THE YEAR (6-19 PEOPLE)

The Finance Team of the Year (6-19 people) will have demonstrated excellence in the field, with proven examples of collective successes within the last 12 months

WINNER

LOVE ENERGY SAVINGS

HIGHLY COMMENDED

MANCHESTER AIRPORT GROUP


FINANCE TEAM OF THE YEAR (5 PEOPLE OR LESS)

The Finance Team of the Year (5 people or less) will have demonstrated excellence in the field, with proven examples of collective successes within the last 12 months. 

WINNER

MOWGLI STREET FOOD

 

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. 

WINNER

J MURPHY & SONS

HIGHLY COMMENDED

LIGHT & WONDER

 

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

Awarded to the Financial Controller from a business turning over more than £100m with a demonstrable legacy of delivery in financial performance, leadership, management and development.

WINNER

SOPHIE ASPINALL
Stobart

HIGHLY COMMENDED

MICHAEL BALMFORTH
Norkem


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

Awarded to the Financial Controller from a business turning over up to £100m with a demonstrable legacy of delivery in financial performance, leadership, management and development.

WINNER

ROB COURTNEY
WS Transportation


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. 

WINNER

KATHRYN BIRRELL
The Very Group

HIGHLY COMMENDED

RICHARD SWANNEY
J Murphy & Sons


RISING STAR OF THE YEAR - QUALIFIED

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

WINNER

BEN SPEDDING
Grain


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.They will have provided examples of high achievement and outperforming their peer group.

WINNER

ALFIE LAMB
Northern Trains

HIGHLY COMMENDED

ZSOFIA TOTH
Light & Wonder


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.

WINNER

ROXANN MEDLEY
Valor Hospitality

HIGHLY COMMENDED

HANNAH BRIDSON
Weightmans LLP


FINANCE TEAM PLAYER OF THE YEAR 

This award will go to a member of a finance team 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.

WINNER

JEANETTE CARTER
The Very Group

HIGHLY COMMENDED

AMY YOUNG
Manchester Airports Group

I'm Robert Walters Are you?

Come join our global team of creative thinkers, problem solvers and game changers. We offer accelerated career progression, a dynamic culture and expert training.