Winners revealed at East Midlands Leadership Awards 2021

Last year's winners at the East Midlands Leadership Awards

Reshma Sheikh, the managing director of  Octavian Security UK, walked away with the top prize at this afternoon’s (September 22) East Midlands Leadership Awards, held at Colwick Hall in Nottingham.

In front of around 160 business leaders from across the region, Reshma was named Leader of the Year – she also walked away with the Company Leader (100+ employees) crown.

Sam Metcalf, Midlands editor of, said: “Firstly, congratulations to Reshma and all our winners.

“The last 18 months has meant that strong and decisive leadership is more important that ever, and we’ve found throughout this award process that the East Midlands is well served in this respect. Every single person shortlisted today should be very proud of their leadership skills – congratulations to you all.

“I’d like to extend a special thanks to our judges who gave up substantial amounts of their time to help with picking today’s shortlist and winners – and, of course, our sponsors without whom this event wouldn’t have happened.”

Leader of the Year, Reshma Sheikh, with her award

All the winners:

Young Leader
Trent Peek, CCM

Public and Third Sector Leader
Barbara Cathcart, Nottingham Hospitals Charity

Empowering Potential Leader
David Essam, Frontline Recruitment

Emerging Entrepreneur Leader
Richard Sutton, NG Chartered Surveyors

Diversity and Inclusion Leader
Mayank Shah, MSDUK

Professional Services Leader
Keith Ross, Barclays

Transformational Leader
Amanda Fletcher, The Nottinghamshire Golf & Country Club

Company Leader (to to 100 employees)
Scott Parsons, Forsyth Barnes

Company Leader (100+ employees)
Reshma Sheikh, Octavian Security UK

Best Leadership Programme
Shakespeare Martineau

Leader of the Year
Reshma Sheikh, Octavian Security UK