Yorkshire Finance Director Awards Honour Region’s Shining Stars

The Yorkshire Finance Director of the Year Awards which last night celebrated its 11th anniversary honoured a number of the region’s most talented Finance Directors at a prestigious awards ceremony at Rudding Park, Harrogate.

Roger Peace of learndirect, the UK’s leading online learning provider for adult vocational education, was presented with the evening’s outstanding achievement award, while Richard Allen of Augean PLC, the waste management specialists, was named top finance director of a listed business.

The judges unanimously agreed that Roger proved to be outstanding across all judging criteria and categories. He was commended for playing a leading role in driving the sale of learndirect in 2011 and managing the successful transition from a not-for-profit organisation to a profitable commercial company.

The event, sponsored by Ernst & Young, Sewell Recruitment Group and Squire Sanders, was attended by more than 130 people and hosted by David Parkin, founder of TheBusinessDesk.com

The awards which seek to recognise the key contribution and exceptional performance of the region’s top Finance Directors and their ability to adapt to changing market conditions this year introduced a new category for public sector FDs.

Guests were invited to listen to a Q&A panel session with previous winners; Paul Devlin of Fletchers Bakeries Ltd, Sue Laverick of Chapter Eight Limited and David Shann of GMI Construction Group PLC before enjoying a three-course dinner.

Other 2012 winners include:
Best Finance Director of a plc – Richard Allen, Augean PLC
Best Finance Director of a Ltd Company (up to £50m) – Ian Richards, Pure Collection Ltd
Best Finance Director of a Ltd Company (£50m +) – Nigel Barker, Resource Services Group
Young Finance Director of the Year – Michael Truluck, Redcats UK
Best Finance Director of a Private Equity Company – Guy Leaver, Neoss Limited
Best Finance Director of a Public Sector Organisation – Jane Madeley, The University of Leeds

David Buckley, senior partner at Ernst & Young in Yorkshire said: “It is important to recognise the achievements of Finance Directors in Yorkshire and the role they play in a company’s success. Businesses are facing new challenges as they compete in highly competitive markets both at home and overseas and Finance Directors have an important role to play in helping shape the strategic direction.”

Cliff Sewell, Chief Executive of Sewell Recruitment Group agrees: “It is an honour to acknowledge the impressive work the region’s Finance Directors have undertaken in these challenging times. Even after 11 years I am still surprised by the outstanding calibre of nominees.”

Mark Simpson, Partner at Squire Sanders concluded: “Once again I have been impressed by the strong case that all of the candidates made. The achievement of these individuals, despite tough economic times, is testament to the great work that is going on in the region.”

Financial Director of the Year Awards winners 2012

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