Charity sector will get a chance to shine at leadership awards

Leadership Awards

The unsung heroes of the public and charity sectors will get their time in the spotlight at this year’s leadership awards. is organising our leadership awards in partnership with law firm CMS.

The overreaching aim of the awards is to recognise the efforts of senior leaders in growing their business and organisation.

But the decision was taken to include a category which would recognise the achievements of not-for-profit organisations.

The category was one of the hardest to judge and attracted entries from a wide range of organisations.

The fact that charities have been under financial pressure in recent years has meant its leaders have had to be more innovative than ever before and achieve better results with less resources.

Financial pressures mean the sector has required leaders who can overcome challenges, often under close scrutiny, and drive cultural change in their organisation while working to tight budgets.

The shortlist in the category includes:

Nicky Chance-Thompson – The Piece Hall Trust

Richard Jeffery – Business Growth Hub

Dr Tony Lloyd – ADHD Foundation

Jodie McNally – EY Foundation

Janet Spencer – Turning Lives Around

Joint managing director of the Alex Turner said: “The aim of the awards is to celebrate the people and organisations across the North who are role models for their teams and raise the bar for their competitors.

“Too often the charity sector gets overlooked when it comes to celebrating success and achievement and we wanted to put that right.”

This year is the first time TheBusinessDesk is holding a Northern leadership awards. It follows the success of the Yorkshire Leadership Awards last year.

The shortlist showcases the best qualities of modern leadership – of inspiration, collaboration and empowerment.

The winners are being announced at an awards dinner which will be a celebration of the transformational impact great leaders are having in our region here and now.

Mark Haywood from CMS said: “Leadership sets a vision, creates agendas and sees opportunities others might not see. Leadership in companies and organisations makes the difference between excellence and mediocrity or failure. Our companies in the North have that in abundance.”

The awards are taking place at the Queens Hotel in Leeds on Thursday, November 28th and are being hosted by BBC presenter Nina Warhurst.

Tickets and tables can be booked online now.