Winners revealed at East Midlands Leadership Awards

All the winners from the Leadership Awards

Robert Thiroff, the managing director of windows and doors manufacturer Profine, was crowned Leader of the Year at the East Midlands Leadership Awards on Thursday evening (March 23).

In front of an audience of 250 business leaders at the Crowne Plaza in Nottingham city centre, Thiroff was a double winner – also taking the Transformational Leader crown.

In total, 12 prizes were handed out at the latest edition of’s annual Leadership Awards, and the standard of entries was higher than ever, said Sam Metcalf, Midlands editor.

“Congratulations to all our shortlisted and winning business leaders this evening. The judges had a heck of a job choosing who should come out on top – and I’d like to thank them all for their time, knowledge and expertise.

“All too often the brand obscures the individual. is all about telling people’s stories, and so it’s always great to celebrate the people behind the success of a company. I look forward to following their journey in the future.”


All the winners

Young Leader (aged 35 and under)
Winner: James Foskett – The Silver X Group

Asad Ansari – Mayfair IT Consultancy
Oliver Hatton – Pick Everard
Brogan Lees-Collier – Forsyth Barnes
Emma Vicars – Vibrant Accountancy
James Woodcock – ITP Aero UK

Public and Third Sector Leader
Winner: Tracy Harrison – Safe and Sound

Jane Brown – New College Leicester
Justin Donne – Cabinet Office
Laura Morris – Speakers for Schools
Claire Smith – Autistic Nottingham

Mentor of the Year
Winner: Jude Weston – NG Chartered Surveyors

Lisa Charlesworth – ITP Aero UK
Jenny Cross – Cross Productions
Ian Powell – 24/Three Consultants
Amad Tababa – Autify Digital

Emerging Entrepreneur Leader
Winner: Lawrie Moon – IDT

Matt Bull – ActionCOACH Loughborough
Sheleendra Fernando – 24/Three Consultants
Adam Holland – Progressive Sports

Diversity & Inclusion Leader
Winner: Kiorhte Aghoghogbe – Hallam

Ann Bhatti – Connect Derby
Justin Donne – Cabinet Office
Claire Smith – Autistic Nottingham
Amit Sonpal – Barclays Corporate Banking
Sarah Wales – ITP Aero UK

Professional Services Leader
Winner: David Bains – LDC

James Bagley – PKF Smith Cooper
Jade Martin – Rushton Hickman
Amit Sonpal – Barclays Corporate Banking
Bev Wakefield – Vibrant Accountancy

Transformational Leader
Winner: Robert Thiroff – profine UK

Jenny Cross – Cross Productions
Shelley McBride – Connected Perinatal Support
Sarah Stevenson – Astute Recruitment
Alan White – Fresh Logistics

Green Leader
Winner: Joe Hudson – Ibstock plc

William Bown – SuperFOIL Insulation
Alex Flint – Nottingham BID
Tom Waldron-Lynch – Nottingham Venues

Non-Executive Leader

Jade Martin – Rushton Hickman

Justin Donne – Cabinet Office

Company Leader (up to 100 employees)
Sara Boland – Influence

Shaun Gray – Ginho Group
Lance Hill – Eight Days a Week Print Solutions
Liam O’Leary – Laser Red
Scott Parsons – Forsyth Barnes
Antony Rowe – Atkins Search

Company Leader (100+ employees)
Adam Pye – John Pye & Sons

Gary McKelvey – Panther Logistics
Robert Thiroff – profine UK

Leader of the Year
Robert Thiroff – profine UK


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