Winners revealed at East Midlands Leadership Awards 2022

All the winners

Rob Darby, the co-founder of fast-growing indie coffee chain 200 Degrees walked away with the top prize at Thursday evening’s East Midlands Leadership Awards, held at the Crowne Plaza in Nottingham.

In front of an audience of almost 200 business leaders, Rob was was named Leader of the Year. He also triumphed in the Large Company of the Year category.

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

“The standard of this entries to the Leadership Awards this year was stronger than ever, and the judges had the toughest time picking a shortlist – never mind a winner. I’d like to extend my thanks to them – and everyone else who had a hand in making the East Midlands Leadership Awards such a success.

“Finally, many congratulations to Rob. It’s been fascinating watching his company’s rise – a true, homegrown East Midlands success story. Long may it continue.”

All the winners:

Young Leader
Louisa Hackford-Gentle, Autistic Nottingham

Public and Third Sector Leader
Ann Bhatti, Connect Derby

Mentor of the Year
Laura-Jane Turner, Jigsaw24

Emerging Entrepreneur Leader
Luke Draper, IDT

Diversity and Inclusion Leader
Mark Esho MBE, Easy Internet Services

Professional Services Leader
Carl Hilton, BSP Consulting

Transformational Leader
Sarah Stevenson, Astute Recruitment

Green Leader of the Year
Becky Valentine, Spenbeck

Non-Executive of the Year
Justin Donne, Autistic Nottingham

Company Leader (to to 100 employees)
Arran Bailey, ALB Group

Company Leader (100+ employees)
Rob Darby, 200 Degrees Coffee

Leader of the Year
Rob Darby, 200 Degrees Coffee

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