2019 Awards

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TheBusinessDesk.com is launching the first-ever Northern Leadership Awards, supported by CMS.

The awards will celebrate the people and organisations across the North who are role models for their teams and raise the bar for their competitors.

It follows the success of the Yorkshire Leadership Awards last year.

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.

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.”


Award Shortlist

Young leader (under 35)Sponsored by Leeds Trinity University  

Mike Anderson – Padoq

Kate Barnes – Utiligroup

Matthew Hemmings – Openreach

Louise Myers – CG Professional

Peter Sawrij – Thomas Coombs


Public and third sector leader

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


• Emerging entrepreneur leader

Mike Anderson – Padoq

Paul Hallett – Vet AI

Paul Nicholson – Nicholson Group

Anna Sutton – The Data Shed


• Empowering potential leader –  Sponsored by Challenger Team Building

Taryn Edge – Linbrooke

Andrew Green – Hotel Indigo Manchester

Susie Holmes – PwC

Professor Barry Leahey –  Playdale Playgrounds

Janine Smith – The Growth Company


• Diversity and inclusion leader

Chris Madeley – Madeley Enterprises

Suzanne Robinson – EY

Sally Penni – Women in the Law UK

Alison Treliving – Squire Patton Boggs

Sarah Tulip – Women in Leeds Digital / Software Cloud


• Professional services leader

Tim Halstead – Shulmans LLP

Steve Hunt – Steven A Hunt Associates

Shru Morris – Napthens LLP

Carl Newton – Myerson

Suzanne Robinson – EY

• Transformational leader – Sponsored by Absolute Commercial Interiors

Mark Cook – Sewtec

Gary Haynes – Utiligroup

Stephen O’Brien – Pure Technology Group

Michael Pemberton – BEC

Mandy Ridyard -Produmax


• Company leader (up to 100 employees)

Suzie Bogle – Breathing Space HR

Paul Corcoran – Agent Marketing

Keith Jackson – Brandon Medical

Zandra Moore – Panintelligence

Steven Nanda – Alpine Fire Engineers


• Company leader (100+ employees) – Sponsored by Parker Young Recruitment

Paul Carter – Pure Retirement

Mark Flanagan – Shield Safety Group

Mark Lythe and Debbie Harrison – Pricecheck

Aldo Monteforte – The Floow

Paul Teasdale – Premier Technical Services Group


• Best leadership programme

Claire Bennett – Common Purpose

Dawn Duggan – GC Business Growth Hub


• Top 50 City Region leaders: Greater Manchester

Jenny Davies – M247

Dave McGoff and Declan McGoff  – McGoff Construction


• Top 50 City Region leaders: Leeds

Paul Carter – Pure Retirement

Greg Kane and Michael Giscombe – Conservatory Outlet

Paul Teasdale – Premier Technical Services Group


• Top 50 City Region leaders: Sheffield

Taryn Edge – Linbrooke

Mark Lythe and Debbie Harrison – Pricecheck

Rob Shaw – Jaywing


Overall leader – chosen from the award winners




Attend the awards

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.

We have negotiated preferential room rates with nearby hotels via our venue partner Jigsaw Conferences. If you would like to view available accommodation for the evening of the awards you can do so by following this link: https://www.jigsawconferences.co.uk/offers/76/northern-leadership-awards