Yorkshire Finance Director of the Year Awards 2010

THE region’s elite finance directors were honoured at the Yorkshire Finance Director of the Year Awards 2010 last night.

Amongst the winners at the black tie event, which was held at Rudding Park near Harrogate, was Sean Christie of Croda International who was presented with the evening’s outstanding achievement award.

Mr Christie was commended two years ago as the region’s best Finance Director of a Plc for his energy and drive in leading the firm’s completed acquisition of Uniqema, a deal worth around £410m.

Other winners included David Gaskin, of Premier Farnell, who was named best finance director of a PLC; Ian Jefferson, of COE, who won the best finance director of an SME (up to £15m turnover) category; Nick Manning, of Cooper Lighting & Safety, who was named young finance director of the year; Darren Bryant, of Card Factory, who was awarded the best finance director of a private equity company gong; and the best finance director of a Ltd company category went to Neil Maskrey, of Sheffield Forgemasters International.

John Firth, of Allied Glass Containers, was awarded a lifetime achievement award for his outstanding career. Mr Firth has acted in a joint role as FD of Allied Glass and also Group FD of Siddall & Hilton Group.
 
This year’s Yorkshire FD of the Year Awards recognises the key contribution of the region’s top finance directors and their ability to adapt to changing market conditions.

The event, now in its ninth year, is sponsored by Ernst & Young, Hammonds, Sewell Moorhouse and Santander.
Matt Crabtree, founder of Positive Momentum, was the main speaker and presenting the awards this year were some of last year’s winners, including Neil Warman of Homeloan Management, Andy Radcliffe of ESH Group, Andrew Merrick of Dart Group, and Graham Henderson of Engage Mutual.

Mr Crabtree said: “The cream of professionals looking after the finances of Yorkshire companies have been celebrated tonight at this prestigious awards ceremony. After a challenging economic year it has been insightful to see how fundamental the role of the FD has become”.

Mark Simpson, partner at law firm Hammonds, said: “Hammonds supports the awards because we feel it is important to recognise the work of this key member of the management team."
 
Cliff Sewell, chief executive of recruitment firm Sewell Moorhouse, said: “Despite difficult economic conditions, tonight has shown that businesses can continue to grow and even thrive. The climate has shone the spotlight onto the work on finance directors and the winners here tonight have taken centre-stage."

Neil Williams, regional director for Yorkshire at Santander Corporate Banking, added: “The calibre of entrants this year has exceeded our expectations and we have been impressed by their significant contribution to business success in Yorkshire."

David Buckley, partner from accountancy firm Ernst & Young, concluded: “Tonight has proven that the role of the finance director has changed from traditional financial gatekeeper to strategist and innovator. This evening we have seen high quality candidates that have risen to the commercial and market challenges of an uncertain economy."

2010 Winners

Contact Lauren Hilton at
lauren.hilton@fdawards.co.uk
or 0845 533 2705 for more information.

 
 
     
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