Yorkshire’s top Finance Directors celebrated at the Queens Hotel in Leeds

Celebrating its 15th year the Yorkshire Finance Director Awards recognised the crucial role that Financial Directors play in our region and our economy.

The guests included Leeds West Labour MP Rachel Reeves who delivered a keynote speech highlighting the responsibility of our business community in working together to raise the profile of Yorkshire and ensure future investment. Rachel also presented the Outstanding achievement to Darren Fisher of UK Coal which he received in recognition for his calm, sensitive approach and sensible decision-making in taking the actions that made sure the winding down of some of the country’s most historic mines was done so in a positive and responsible way.

The awards were hosted by Bernard Ginns alongside the media partner The Yorkshire Post and the main sponsors were

Sewell  Business Group
Walker Morris

The 2016 winners were:

Best Finance Director of a Ltd Company (Up to £50m):
Paul Bray – Team 17

Best Finance Director of a Ltd Company (over £50m):
Colin Storrar – Lowell Group

Best Finance Director of a PLC:
Allison Bainbridge – VP group

Young Finance Director of the Year:
Jeroen Van Os – SRCL

Best Finance Director Private Equity Company (Up to £50m):
Daniel Woodwards – Seabrooks

Best Finance Director Private Equity Company(Over £50m):
Caroline Ackroyd – Sky Betting

Best Finance Director Public Sector:
Paul Smith – YPO

Best Finance Director of an International Company:
Jan Dobrucki – Wesco Aircraft

Business Turnaround:
Mike Richards – Arran Isle

Outstanding Achievement:
Darren Fisher – UK Coal

Sue Wallis, Group MD of Sewell Business Group, commented:

“Once again the 2016 awards was a huge success and a great testament to the fantastic work of our Yorkshire Finance Directors.
Having sponsored the awards since its inception in 2001 we were once again delighted by the talent and drive of not only the winners but also the nominees and fellow hosts. It was a great night in a fantastic venue and it was an honour to spend time to celebrate the regions stars."

Rachel Reeves Speaker at Financial Director of the Year Awards winners 2016
Rachel Reeves, Speaker at Financial Director of the Year Awards winners 2016

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