North West Finance Director Awards - region’s top financial talent is recognised.


Some of the region’s top financial talent is today celebrating winning at the North West Finance Director Awards, sponsored by Barclays, EY, Sewell Business Group and Squire Patton Boggs.

The winners were revealed during a glitzy ceremony at Manchester Town Hall compered by MEN Media, the awards media partner.

More than 150 guests turned out for the event, which marked the 5th anniversary of the prestigious awards.

Winners came from all over the North West from sectors including retail, technology, pharmaceuticals and food manufacturing.

The coveted Finance Director of the Year award went to Andrew Humphreys from Conviviality plc.

Judges said: “Andrew demonstrated an outstanding level of leadership and vision and was instrumental in the success of the company’s recent acquisition of Matthew Clark.

“Andrew achieved a significant amount within a 12 month period. Supporting the internal transformation of the company and completing acquisitions were viewed as significant achievements.”

Other winners were:

Best Finance Director of Ltd company (up to £10m) - James Thornhill, Wireless CCTV.

Best Finance Director of Ltd company (£10 - £20m) - Andrew Davis, Rectella.

Best Finance Director of Ltd company (£20 - £40m+) - Brian Robinson, Sambro.

Best Finance Director of Ltd company (£40m+) - Alex Stephens, The Authentic Food Company.

Best Finance Director of a plc - Anne-Francoise Nesmes, Dechra Pharmaceuticals.

Young Finance Director of the Year (up to 40 years of age) - Rob Nugent, Godel Technologies.

Best Finance Director of a technology business - Paul Ramsden, Zuto.

More than 160 nominations were received this year.

Candidates were judged on all-round commercial and managerial skills, including interpersonal qualities and business acumen, as well as the more traditional technical accounting and financial skills.

Last night’s winners join the North West FD Awards Hall of Fame, some of who presented awards at the event last night.

Another highlight of the evening was an interview on stage with Simon Cooper, CEO of On the Beach. Simon entertained the audience of finance specialists on his extraordinary growth story taking the beach holiday specialist from a terraced house in Macclesfield, over an 11 year journey to a PLC in September valued at £240 million.

Michael Hartig, managing director at Barclays in the north west, said: “We’ve supported the FD Awards for many years now and it is one of my favourite events of the business calendar.

"Nothing gives me greater pleasure than seeing FDs receive due recognition for playing a pivotal role in driving financial success for their company”.

Cliff Sewell, chief executive of Sewell Business Group, added: “The north west is awash with companies investing for growth and pursuing opportunities for expansion.

"The FD plays an important role in supporting the company’s aspirations whilst managing the financial challenges it brings.”

Rob Elvin, Squire Patton Boggs Manchester office managing partner, said: “Finance Directors play a fundamental role in the prosperity of the regional economy and we believe it is important to recognise their achievements, and celebrate the depth of financial expertise that exists in the north west.”

Noam Handler, EY partner, said: “Talented FDs help to steer their company through a multitude of challenges in their respective sectors and show great leadership qualities for the benefit of their finance team and the wider business.

For more information please contact Lucinda Wood

Fd Awards Winners
All NWFDA Winners

James Thornhill
James Thornhill, Wireless CCTV, presented by Sue Wallis of the Sewell Business Group.

Andrew Davis
Andrew Davis, of Rectella.

Brian Robinson
Brian Robinson, of Sambro.

Alex Stephens
Alex Stephens of the Authentic Food Company.

Anne-Francoise Nesmes
Anne-Francoise Nesmes, of Dechra

Rob Nugent
Rob Nugent, of Godel Technologies.

Paul Ramsden
Paul Ramsden, of Zuto.

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or 0845 533 2705 for more information.

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