Northern Leadership Awards 2019: ‘The awards celebrate great leadership in Yorkshire’

Leadership Awards

With just one week to go until entries close for this year’s Northern Leadership Awards, the 2018 Leader of the Year talks about his win and encourages companies to submit their nominations.

David Brennan, the chief executive of fast-growing Nexus Vehicle Rental, was crowned Leader of the Year at’s inaugural Yorkshire Leadership Awards.

Brennan joined Nexus vehicle rental as CEO in May 2014 and has since spearheaded the business’ rapid growth, increasing turnover from £42.7m in 2014 to a forecast £80m in 2018. He was also named the winner of the Company Leader (100+ employees) category, sponsored by Brewin Dolphin.

David Brennan

On his win, he said: “I was surprised and delighted to win Leader of the Year at the 2019 Yorkshire Business Awards.             .

“I would encourage any company that is thinking of applying to go ahead and submit a nomination; the awards are a great way to meet other local businesses and celebrate leadership in the Yorkshire area.”’s Northern Leadership awards this year, which are supported by CMS, will celebrate the people and organisations across the North who are role models for their teams and raise the bar for their competitors.

The deadline for entries is next Friday, July 19th. Click here to download entry form and to see full list of the awards criteria.

The shortlist will showcase the best qualities of modern leadership – of inspiration, collaboration and empowerment – and the winners will be revealed at an awards dinner which will be a celebration of the transformational impact great leaders are having in our region here and now.

The Northern Leadership Awards takes place at Queens Hotel, Leeds on Thursday, November 28.

There are 15 award categories:
• Young leader (under 35)
• Public and third sector leader
• Emerging entrepreneur leader
• Empowering potential leader
• Diversity and inclusion leader
• Professional services leader
• Transformational leader
Company leader (up to 100 employees)
• Company leader (100+ employees)
• Best leadership programme
• Top 50 City Region leaders: Greater Manchester; Leeds; Liverpool; Sheffield
• Overall leader – chosen from the award winners

Earlier this week, revealed the judging panel for the 2019 awards.
Judges for the pan-Pennine awards are senior representatives from across Yorkshire and the North West. They are:
David Baldwin – CEO of Burnley FC and Chair of the Bradford Economic Partnership
Becky Hewitt – Director of People, Leeds Building Society; also last year’s Diversity and Inclusion Award winner
Nigel Brewster – Vice chairman, Sheffield City Region LEP
Helen Oldham – Founding Board Director, North Invest
Damian Waters – North West Director, CBI
Sheena McDermott – North West Programme Director, Be The Business

This year’s judging panel

Asif Hamid – Chair, Liverpool LEP
Maggie O’Carroll – CEO, The Woman’s Organisation
Howard Gill – Partner, CMS
Tanya Holt – Partner, CMS
Kayley Worsley – Yorkshire editor,
Mike Ribbeck – North West editor,

The Top 50 city region leader awards from the fastest-growing businesses in each sub-region, were revealed by last month. Now, those firms are being asked to submit individuals from their businesses.

To see the top 50 lists, visit:

The deadline for entries is Friday 19 July, 2019
The Northern Leadership Awards will showcase those individuals whose leadership is having a significant impact and delivering fantastic outcomes.

It promises to be a great event, bringing together some of the leading individuals and organisations from across the North and we would love to be part of the event, to network, to share and to be inspired.

To book your tickets, click here

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