Yorkshire Finance Leaders Awards – winners revealed

Yorkshire Finance Leaders Award Winners 2021

Nick Scott, Chief Operating Finance Officer at Baird Group was presented with the award for Outstanding Yorkshire Finance Leader award last night at the Yorkshire Finance Leaders Awards.

In front of an audience of over 200 finance leaders and professionals at The Royal Armouries in Leeds, the achievements of some of the region’s brightest financial talents were celebrated by their peers in a final glittering awards ceremony.

Jamie Peacock MBE

The black-tie awards evening which recognises and celebrates the outstanding achievements of Yorkshire’s strong finance community featured a keynote speech from local sporting legend Jaime Peacock MBE, who spoke about the effectiveness of building a winning team and important role of being a leader uncertain and difficult times.

The awards were sponsored by Aon plc, BDO LLP and Lloyds Bank.

A spokesperson for the sponsors said: “Despite the challenging circumstances that many businesses have had to face over the last 18 months, the fact that many of Yorkshire’s finance leaders and wider finance teams are continuing to drive growth and succeed is a true testament to their quality and strength. Thank you to everybody who participated in this year’s process and who joined us for the final awards presentation. Many congratulations to all of our award winners and we wish everyone every success.”

The final list of Yorkshire Finance Leaders Awards 2021 winners include:

Yorkshire Finance Leader in a Private Equity Backed Company (<£20m turnover)
Winner: Jonathan Blythe, Bawtry Carbon Limited

Yorkshire Finance Leader in a Private Equity Backed Company (>£20m turnover)
Winner: Mal Hartland, Cooper Turner Beck

Yorkshire Finance Leader in a Not For Profit or Public Sector Organisation
Winner: Karen Devonport, Leeds Community Foundation

Yorkshire Finance Leader in a Private or Family Owned Company (< £100m turnover)
Winner: Ben Priestley, Mansfield, Pollard & Co Ltd

Yorkshire Finance Leader in a Private or Family Owned Company (> £100m turnover)
Winner: Leigh Manton, Synetiq Ltd

Yorkshire Finance Leader in a Plc
Winner: Stefan Allanson, MJ Gleeson plc

Yorkshire Finance Leader in an International Company
Winner: Gavin Hodgson-Silke, Farnell Global

Yorkshire Finance Team / Team Leader of the Year
Winner: VetPartners Group

Yorkshire Finance Deal of the year
Winner: Richard Hughes, Proactis Holdings

Most Resilient Finance Leader
Winner: Andy Gratton, Ring Automotive

Outstanding Yorkshire Finance Leader of the year
Winner: Nick Scott, Baird Group

Funds to support Cancer Research UK – Business Beats Cancer Yorkshire were also raised during the evening, with online donations surpassing £1,o55.

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