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Finance leaders recognised at FD Awards 2019


Finance leaders recognised at FD Awards 2019


"Its always inspiring to see the professional excellence at the heart of some of the most dynamic businesses within our region."
Carl Williams



Leading lights in the region’s finance community have been honoured at the prestigious Finance Director of the Year awards.

 

John Grinnell, of Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, was the big winner on the night. He collected the overall award of FD of the Year but was also recognised as FD of the Year at a Non-Profit Organisation (Over £100m). The judges noted the innovation he has applied to the challenging financial environment the Trust faces in caring for over 330,000 children each year.

 

Nicola Davies of the University of Liverpool received a Special Recognition Award for her outstanding contribution in the sector, as did Gerald Andrews, who retired in the summer, helped deliver and make a success of The ACC Liverpool Group. He was acknowledged with a Lifetime Achievement award.

 

Now in their ninth year, the awards, held at the Crowne Plaza, Liverpool, showcase the work of the region’s brightest FDs across both public and private sectors.

 

The regional specific awards included Liverpool - Mike Burns, The Walton Centre; Warrington – John Roberts, Secured Mail; Cheshire – Susan Shardlow, Blue Group; and North Wales, David Watson, Adventure Parc Snowdonia.

 

Carl Williams, North West Managing Partner at Grant Thornton, said: “It’s always inspiring to see the professional excellence at the heart of some of the most dynamic businesses within our region. The finance directors represented at this year’s event all have compelling stories to tell of successfully negotiating big challenges and producing results against fearless ambitions.  It’s a pleasure to see them acknowledged.”

 

Simon Massey, Managing Director at Accountable Recruitment, said: “I'm very passionate about our local business regions and having had the pleasure of working with so many talented FD’s within the  area I really appreciate and understand what remarkable jobs they do year in year out. We had over 300 entries from outstanding professionals and I’d like to congratulate all of the finalists and winners.”

 

The full list of winners at the awards, which are sponsored by business advisers Grant Thornton, Accountable Recruitment, Hill Dickinson and HSBC is as follows:

 

Finance Director of the year – Liverpool City Region

Mike Burns, The Walton Centre

 

Finance Director of the year – Cheshire

Susan Shardlow, Blue Group

 

Finance Director of the year – North Wales

David Watson, Adventure Parc Snowdonia

 

Finance Director Under, 40 years of age – Up to £25m turnover

Chris Bird, Adlib

 

Finance Director Under, 40 years of age – Over £25m

Kyle Tyrrell, Granite

 

Finance Director of a business Up to £8m

George Dutton, GasTag Ltd

 

Finance Director of a business £8 – £18m

Martin Audcent, SysGroup

 

Finance Director of a business £18 – £30m

Dan Adamson, Network Space

 

Finance Director of a business £30 – £42m

Ian Burton, Bullen Healthcare

 

Finance Director of a Large Corporate £42 – £75m

Alex Jessop, Stobart Energy Plc

 

Finance Director of a Non Profit Organisation – Small/Medium Organisation

Tony Rowan, FRC Group

 

Finance Director of a Non Profit Organisation – Large Organisation

John Grinnell, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital Trust

 

Commercial Finance Director of the Year

Kevin Whitley, PharmaPac (UK) Ltd

 

Finance Director of the year – Special Recognition Award

Nicola Davies, University of Liverpool

 

Finance Director of the year – Overall Winner 2018

John Grinnell, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital Trust

 

Lifetime Achievement 

Gerald Andrews, The ACC Liverpool Group

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