2019 Finance Awards Winners

We are proud to announce the 2019 Finance Award winners!

Businesses and professionals from across Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Essex celebrated at a black-tie awards gala dinner hosted by Sameena Ali-Khan on Thursday 7th November 2019 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Milton Keynes as the winners were announced in 14 categories

All shortlisted businesses from the 2019 awards were judged by the following companies and scored over 65%:

  • Guest judge - A senior finance professional
  • ICAEW
  • RSM
  • Robert Walters 
  • HSBC


Register your interest in the 2020 Awards here.

RISING STAR OF THE YEAR (UK TURNOVER UNDER £500M)

This award was presented to the most passionate, driven and delivery focused individual in the market. The winner is a finance professional with less than 5 years’ experience. The award was open to those already qualified, or those part-qualified/non-qualified. The winner was able to provide examples of high achievement and out-performing their peer group.

Santander logo

Winner

Jack Linton
Abbots Care

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Highly Commended

Jonathan Simons
Copart UK

RISING STAR OF THE YEAR (UK TURNOVER OVER £500M)

This award was presented to the most passionate, driven and delivery focused individual in the market. The winner is a finance professional with less than 5 years’ experience. The award was open to those already qualified, or those part-qualified/non-qualified. The winner was able to provide examples of high achievement and out-performing their peer group.

Staysure logo

Winner

Jonathan Wyatt
Sainsbury's Argos

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Highly commended

Luke O'Connell
Ball Corporation

MANAGER OF THE YEAR 

This Award was presented to a manager of a finance team with a demonstrable legacy of delivery in financial performance, leadership and management. The winning individual has given examples of providing strategic direction to their team to improve performance and drive team spirit.

Movianto logo

Winner

Daisy Eggleton
TUI UK&I Finance – Performance & Planning

INTERNATIONAL TRADE & TAX LEADER OF THE YEAR 

This Award was presented to a leader with a demonstrable legacy of delivery within International Trade or Tax. The individual was able to provide examples of providing strategic direction to their business.

Argos logo

Winner

Vineta Bajaj
Ocado Group

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Highly commended

Matthew Baldry
Mercedes-Benz UK

FINANCE TRANSACTION OF THE YEAR 

This Award was be presented to a team/organisation who have delivered a significant Finance Transaction that is notable in one or more areas across; Deal size, Complexity, Pace of Execution, Merger, Acquisition, Significant Re-Finance or where a transaction is remarkable by virtue of its sector, geographic location or similarly challenging circumstances. 

TUI UK Ltd logo

Winner

Simon Kidney
Robinson Manufacturing

DRIVING EXCELLENCE IN THE WORKFORCE

This Award was presented to a business with the strongest track record of investing in the development of their workforce. The business may offer a graduate scheme, apprenticeship, mentoring programme or alternative development scheme for employees. The winning business has provided evidence of how the strategies they have in place have improved the development of their employees.

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Winner

easyJet

BUSINESS INNOVATION

The winner of this award demonstrated the successful delivery and or implementation of activities that have led to the betterment of the Business.  This can be anything from a Transformation Project or ERP upgrade through to the enhancement of people and their careers or something that improves the overall customer experience.

TUI UK Ltd logo

Winner

Signature Flatbreads

FINANCE TEAM OF THE YEAR (LESS THAN £100M TURNOVER)

The Finance Team of the year demonstrated excellence in their field, with proven examples of collective successes within the last 12 months. The winning team have positively impacted the wider business through outstanding achievements in the delivery of projects and encompass an infectious team spirit. This award was presented to a finance team within a business turning over less than £100m annually.

TUI UK Ltd logo

Winner

energie Fitness

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Highly commended

Grand Union Housing Group

FINANCE TEAM OF THE YEAR (£100 - £500M TURNOVER)

The Finance Team of the year demonstrated excellence in their field, with proven examples of collective successes within the last 12 months. The winning team have positively impacted the wider business through outstanding achievements in the delivery of projects and encompass an infectious team spirit. This award was presented to a finance team within a business turning over between £100m - £500m annually.

TUI UK Ltd logo

Winner

BSI Group

TUI UK Ltd logo

Highly commended

Signature Flatbreads

FINANCE TEAM OF THE YEAR (£500M+ TURNOVER)

The Finance Team of the year demonstrated excellence in their field, with proven examples of collective successes within the last 12 months. The winning team have positively impacted the wider business through outstanding achievements in the delivery of projects and encompass an infectious team spirit. This award was presented to a finance team within a business turning over £500m+ annually.

TUI UK Ltd logo

Winner

TUI UK&I Finance

SENIOR FINANCE LEADER OF THE YEAR (LESS THAN £100M TURNOVER)

This Award was presented to a senior finance leader with a demonstrable legacy of delivery in financial performance, leadership and management. The individual was able to provide examples of providing strategic direction to their company. Examples of job titles which might sit within this category include but are not limited to: Financial Controller, Head of Finance & Finance Director. This award was presented to an individual within a business turning over less than £100m annually.

TUI UK Ltd logo

Winner

Anthony Richens
Stadium MK

SENIOR FINANCE LEADER OF THE YEAR (£100 - £500M TURNOVER)

This Award was presented to a senior finance leader with a demonstrable legacy of delivery in financial performance, leadership and management. The individual was able to provide examples of providing strategic direction to their company. Examples of job titles which might sit within this category include but are not limited to: Financial Controller, Head of Finance & Finance Director. This award was presented to an individual within a business turning over between £100m - £500m annually.

TUI UK Ltd logo

Winner

Gavin Renfrew
Copart UK

SENIOR FINANCE LEADER OF THE YEAR (OVER £500M TURNOVER)

This Award was presented to a senior finance leader with a demonstrable legacy of delivery in financial performance, leadership and management. The individual was able to provide examples of providing strategic direction to their company. Examples of job titles which might sit within this category include but are not limited to: Financial Controller, Head of Finance & Finance Director. This award was presented to an individual within a business turning over, over £500m annually.

TUI UK Ltd logo

Winner

Claire Tanner
Ocado Retail

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Highly commended

Jas Burston
Domino's Pizza Group

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Highly commended

Iain West
MBDA

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER OF THE YEAR

This was awarded to a Chief Financial Officer with a demonstrable legacy of delivering transformation, leadership and an outstanding performance. The winner of this award may has 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.

TUI UK Ltd logo

Winner

David Bauernfeind
Domino's Pizza Group

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Highly commended

Claire Catlin
Sainsbury's Argos