2018 Finance Awards Shortlist

Congratulations to all shortlisted nominees! Due to the outstanding number of applications, businesses/individuals that scored an average of 65% or over across the 4 judges have been brought forward to the final stage. If you were not shortlisted this year we hope you apply again next year. 

This year's shortlist demonstrates the hard work, dedication and passion of finance professionals that contribute to the economy and employment across Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Hertfordshire, and Essex. 

All category winners will be announced during the exclusive evening ceremony taking place on Thursday 8th November 2018 at at the MK Dons Doubletree in Milton Keynes.

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See the 2017 Finance Awards winners here.

All applications were judged either in person or from a recording by the following judges and scored an average 65% or over:

  • Guest judges
  • ICAEW
  • RSM
  • Robert Walters 

Meet our guest judges here.

Find out more about our executive partners here.

THE 2018 FINANCE AWARDS SHORTLIST:

RISING STAR OF THE YEAR (NON/PART-QUALIFIED)

This award is split into two categories, non/part-qualified and qualified.

Presented to the most passionate, driven and delivery focused person in the market. The winner of this 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.

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. Apply here.

 

Shared Service Centre of the Year

This award will be measured against strength of processes and people. We will be looking for examples of key achievements around delivery and exemplary customer service. Apply here.

 

Mentor of the Year

This award will go to an individual who has acted as a mentor to another finance professional(s), and has developed, coached and inspired their mentee(s). Apply here.

 

Graduate Scheme of the Year

This will be 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. Our judging panel will be looking for a Graduate Scheme that stands out and offers graduates a wealth of experience and can demonstrate proven success. Apply here.

 

Business of the Year (SME)

The winner of this award will be 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 must be able to provide strategies which have driven business growth and an overview of their financial performance over the last 12 months.

To enter for this award, the business must have a site and finance function in either Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Hertfordshire, or Essex. Applicants for this award must employ less than 250 employees. Apply here.

*shortlisted applicants/nominees for this award will be asked to complete a detailed form rather than having a face-to-face second stage interview

 

Business of the Year (Large)

The winner of this award will be 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 must be able to provide strategies which have driven business growth and an overview of their financial performance over the last 12 months.

To enter for this award, the business must have a site and finance function in either Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Hertfordshire, or Essex. Applicants for this award must employ more than 250 employees. Apply here.

*shortlisted applicants/nominees for this award will be asked to complete a detailed form rather than having a face-to-face second stage interview

 

Click here to apply for the 2017 Finance Awards.

Applications close on Thursday 13th April 2017.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  • BOGUMILA KRAWCZYK
    Pitney Bowes
  • MATTHEW MANUELL
    Inchcape plc
  • DECLAN FERGUSON
    Hilton
  • HARRY BAYLEY
    Hilton
  • ANIL CHAND
    Movianto UK Ltd
  • SAMANTHA CROSS
    XPO Logistics
  • KAIA KALLION
    TIG Ltd

MENTOR OF THE YEAR

This award will go to an individual who has acted as a mentor to another finance professional(s), and has developed, coached and inspired their mentee(s). The award recognises the crucial role mentors play in shaping a young person's success and the outstanding support and trust mentors provide young finance professionals, helping them achieve their career goals and aspirations.

  • ANNA RAJAH
    Pitney Bowes
  • DEEP SHAH
    Porcelanosa
  • LAUREN ROBSON
    Pep&Co

RISING STAR OF THE YEAR (QUALIFIED)

This award is split into two categories, non/part-qualified and qualified.

Presented to the most passionate, driven and delivery focused person in the market. The winner of this 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 VINCENT
    Pitney Bowes
  • PHILIP SLOBODA
    Hilton
  • NARESH GAUTAM
    Hilton
  • BRAD EASTWOOD
    Staysure
  • CHARLOTTE BURROWS
    TUI
  • DAVE TRANTER
    XPO Logistics

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SCHEME OF THE YEAR

This will be awarded to the professional development scheme with the strongest track record of achievement. Your business may offer a graduate scheme, apprenticeship, mentoring programme or alternative development scheme for employees. The panel will consider the success of the scheme’s ‘alumni’, breadth of programme’s offered, pass rates, structure and employee reviews when judging. 

  • TUI
  • RCI
  • HILTON
 
  • STAYSURE
  • WHITBREAD PLC

SHARED SERVICE CENTRE OF THE YEAR

This award will go to a Northern Home County-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.

  • XPO LOGISTICS
  • TUI
  • INFORMA PLC

FINANCE TEAM OF THE YEAR - (LESS THAN 20 PEOPLE)

This category is divided into three categories: a team of less than 20 people, a team over 20 people in a business with under £1bn turnover, and a team of over 20 people in a business with over £1bn turnover.

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. 

  • STAPLES UK LTD

  • SUZUKI UK

  • BSI GROUP

  • TUI

  • HILTON

  • TXM GROUP

  • TIG LTD

FINANCE TEAM OF THE YEAR - (20+ PEOPLE) - UNDER £1BN TURNOVER

This category is divided into three categories: a team of less than 20 people, a team over 20 people in a business with under £1bn turnover and a team of over 20 people in a business with under £1bn turnover.

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. 

  • SHAWBROOK BANK

  • BURTON'S BISCUIT COMPANY
  • WEETABIX

FINANCE TEAM OF THE YEAR - (20+ PEOPLE) - OVER £1BN TURNOVER

This category is divided into three categories: a team of less than 20 people, a team over 20 people in a business with under £1bn turnover and a team of over 20 people in a business with under £1bn turnover.

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. 

  • WILLMOTT DIXON HOLDINGS LTD

  • PITNEY BOWES

  • INFORMA PLC

  • TESCO

  • WHITBREAD PLC

  • HILTON

SENIOR FINANCE LEADER OF THE YEAR - UNDER £1BN TURNOVER

This Award will be presented to a senior finance leader with a demonstrable legacy of delivery in financial performance, leadership and management. The individual must be able to provide examples of providing strategic direction to their company.

  • LUKE HAGGETT
    Nampak
  • JONATHAN HAYES
    Whitworths Ltd
  • MICHAELA WATTS
    Mercedes Benz Grand Prix Ltd
  • GEORGINA HUDSON
    Rightmove Plc
  • LAUREN ROBSON
    Pep&Co
  • PERRY CHARLES
    OEConnection Ltd

SENIOR FINANCE LEADER OF THE YEAR - OVER £1BN TURNOVER

This Award will be presented to a senior finance leader with a demonstrable legacy of delivery in financial performance, leadership and management. The individual must be able to provide examples of providing strategic direction to their company.

  • BEN STEEL 
    Informa plc
  • BEN CAPON
    Whitbread plc
  • JYOTI TAILOR
    Hilton

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER OF THE YEAR

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

  • JOE HENNIGAN
    Amscan International Ltd
  • JAMES PERCIVAL
    Hilton
  • PAUL ABLIN
    easyJet

BUSINESS INNOVATION

Inchcape has demonstrated excellence in the successful implementation of the RPA (Robotic Process Automation) Project which has revolutionised the business with ground breaking technology improving accuracy, speed and quality. A true success story where Finance and IT have worked in harmony to improve not only the Finance function but the entire business going forward. Inchcape will be awarded the Business Innovation trophy on the night.

  • INCHCAPE PLC