Outstanding achievement award for Andy Finneran of R&R Ice Cream

Eight of the region’s Finance Directors were honoured at the ‘Yorkshire Finance Director Year Awards 2013 ’ last night.

Celebrating their 12th anniversary, the awards recognise the achievements of the region’s finance leaders, who often operate behind the scenes.

Andy Finneran of R&R Ice Cream, Europe's largest own label ice cream manufacturer, was presented with the ‘outstanding achievement award’. The judges commented on Andy’s role in transitioning R&R from PLC to private equity ownership and managing the integration of a significant number of acquisitions, in a business that is now truly global.

Sponsored by Barclays, EY, Sewell Recruitment Group and Squire Sanders, the event at Leeds Aspire was attended by more than 170 people. The Rt Hon David Blunkett was guest speaker, addressing the support available for regional businesses.

Other 2013 winners included:
Lifetime achievement – Graham Lockwood, Abraham Moon & Sons Limited
Best Finance Director of a plc – Nigel Howes, Communisis plc
Best Finance Director of a Ltd Company (up to £35m) – Caroline Harrison, Aspire-i Ltd
Best Finance Director of a Ltd Company (£35m +) – Martin Gratton, Brenntag UK Group
Young Finance Director of the Year – Daniel Woodwards, Seabrook Crisps Limited
Best Finance Director of a Private Equity Company – Chris Lowton, eve
Best Finance Director of a Public Sector Organisation – Andrew Bertram, York Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Quotes from sponsors:

David Buckley, EY Yorkshire senior partner, said: “Such talented FD’s act as role models to the financial community. They have helped to steer the region’s flagship companies through turbulent times, dealing with a multitude of challenges in their respective sectors, showing exceptional leadership. Through the hard work of FD’s, businesses are in better shape than ever, ready for the uptick in the economy, which bodes well for the growth and success of our region.”

Chris Forrest, Corporate Director at Barclays Corporate added: “We are delighted to be a part of these prestigious awards, the quality and diversity of Finance Directors across Yorkshire was amazing this year and a true testament to the Yorkshire business community.”  

Cliff Sewell, Chief Executive of Sewell Recruitment Group, said: “It is an honour to acknowledge the impressive work the region’s Finance Directors have undertaken in these ever changing times. Over the past 5 years it has been fantastic to see how the modern FD has had to take a leading role in ensuring businesses remain successful in a challenging economy.”

Mark Simpson, Partner at Squire Sanders concluded: “Squire Sanders are delighted to give our full support once again to the Yorkshire Finance Director Awards, which recognises the strength of corporate financial management across our region.  As in previous years, the high quality and range of backgrounds of the FDs who were nominated continue the tradition of exemplifying the best in regional enterprise, strategic vision and global ambition.”

Financial Director of the Year Awards winners 2013

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