2017 Finance Awards Winners

Businesses and professionals from across Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Hertfordshire and Essex celebrated at a black-tie awards gala dinner on Thursday 8th June 2017 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Milton Keynes as the winners were announced in 10 categories.

Winners from 2017 inlcuded businesses and employees from Santander, Staysure, Argos, Tui, Expo Logistics and Pitney Bowes.

Details of all 2017 winners are listed below. 

Lifetime Achievement Award

This award recognised the outstanding achievements of a highly respected local finance professional. Sarah O'Kane has a proven track record of driving employment within the region and has been highly successful over a number of years.

Santander logo

Winner

Sarah O'Kane, Head of Global Accounting
Gesban at Santander UK Plc

Business of the Year 
Sponsored by Astrum Construction

This was awarded to an innovative organisation, who has achieved financial growth due to the direct and positive impact of the accounting and finance team. The winner of this award provided strategies which have driven business growth and an overview of their financial performance over the last 12 months.

Staysure logo

Winner

Staysure.co.uk Ltd

Chief Financial Officer of the Year

This was awarded to the Chief Financial Officer with a demonstrable legacy of delivering transformation, leadership and an outstanding performance. The winner of this award has been a pioneer of significant change, made a vital contribution to the leadership of the business and led a local finance function that is seen as adding significant value to business.

Movianto logo

Winner

David Tinsley
Movianto UK Ltd

McColl's Retail Group Limited logo

Highly commended

Simon Fuller
McColl's Retail Group Limited

Finance Director of the Year

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

Argos logo

Winner

Ryan Mynard
Sainsbury's Argos 

Avon Cosmetics logo

Highly commended

Samantha Hutchison
Avon Cosmetics Ltd

Rising Star of the Year

This award has been split into two categories, Non-Qualified/Part-Qualified and Qualified. 

Non-Qualified/Part-Qualified
Presented to the most passionate, driven and delivery focused person in the market. The winner of this award is a finance professional with under 8 years of experience. They have been able to provide examples of high achievement and out-performing their peer group.

Qualified
Presented to the most passionate, driven and delivery focused person in the market. The winner of this award is a finance professional with over 8 years of experience. They have been able to provide examples of high achievement and out-performing their peer group.

Movianto UK Ltd logo

Winner

Adam Robinson
Movianto UK Ltd

Kier Group Ltd logo

Winner

Ross Porter
Kier Group Ltd

Graduate Scheme of the Year

This has been awarded to the organisation that has helped shape future finance professionals by targeting and focusing on employees that can make a long term contribution to the company. This organisation has a Graduate Scheme that stands out and offers graduates a wealth of experience and can demonstrate proven success.

TUI UK Ltd logo

Winner

TUI UK Ltd

Mentor of the Year

This has been awarded to an individual who has acted as a mentor to another finance professionals, and has developed, coached and inspired their mentees.

Northgate Public Services UK Ltd logo

Winner

Sue Bracken
Northgate Public Services (UK) Ltd

Shared Service Centre of the Year

This award has been measured against strength of processes and people. This company provided examples of key achievements around delivery and exemplary customer service.

TUI UK Ltd logo

Winner

TUI UK Ltd

Finance Team of the Year

This category is divided into two categories: a team of 20 people or less and a team over 20 people.

The Finance Team of the year will demonstrate excellence in their 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. 

Finance Team - 20 people or less

Finance Team - over 20 people

XPO Logistics logo

Winner

XPO Logistics
Representative:
Hayley Curry

Pitney Bowes Ltd logo

Winner

Pitney Bowes Ltd
Representative:
Leigh Macrae

Argos logo

Highly commended

Sainsbury's Argos
Representative:
Sam Hennelly

Bright Horizons Family Solutions logo

Highly commended

Bright Horizons Family Solutions
Representative:
Margie Wilson