Judges shortlist 64 for Yorkshire Leadership Awards

The shortlist for the Yorkshire Leadership Awards can be revealed after an intense judging session.

Sixty-four individuals from 61 organisations have been selected as finalists for the awards in 15 categories.

The winners will be revealed at a gala event at the Queens Hotel, Leeds, on Thursday 21 March. The overall Yorkshire Leader of the Year winner will be selected from the category winners and announced on the night. Tickets for that event are available through the awards website.

Winners of the 2023 Northern Leadership Awards

The judging panel included Karl Oxford of African and Caribbean Business Ventures, Bex Williams of Bradford 2025, Dan Fell of Doncaster Chamber, and 2019 winner Taryn Edge.

TheBusinessDesk.com Yorkshire editor Andrew Staples said, “Judging such awards is never an easy task, and this year was particularly difficult due to the outstanding calibre of candidates. I’m very grateful to our judges, whose dedication and experience in a variety of sectors proved invaluable in selecting the finalists.

“It was a tough task even to shortlist several categories, such was the quality of entries, and I would like to congratulate each and every individual who has made it through to the shortlist – that in itself is no mean feat, and our shortlisted leaders can take pride in it.

“This has not been an easy year for business, but great leaders make a great difference in their organisations – here in Yorkshire we have many great leaders, and I am delighted we are able to celebrate the best of the best through these awards.”

The Yorkshire Leadership Awards are sponsored by First Direct Arena, Hall Brown Family Law, Vertu Motors and Zest.


The shortlisted candidates are:

Young Leader (aged 35 and under)

Shaan Ahmed, Roomzzz
Charles Draper, Sure Group
Georgina Fairhall, WAC
Yung Lau, Jacobs
Andy Lucas, Parsons Chartered Accountants
Joe Scargill, Huddersfield Town Foundation

Public and Third Sector Leader

Claire Cook, Employability Solutions
Adrian Green, Unity Enterprise
Katie Hurrell, Bradford District Credit Union
Lucy Nickson, Day One Trauma Support
Emily Wragg, Candlelighters


Jamie Clark, Trident Building Consultancy
Lee Clayton, CHN Financial Consultancy
Phil Harris, Brown Shipley
Simon Hartley, Be World Class
Julian Mason, Bradley-Mason LLP

Emerging Entrepreneur Leader

Danielle Best, Mexi Bean Express
Josh Burridge, Richardson Moving and Storage
Valeria Camerino, Equity Report
Sophie Conboy, Connect Yorkshire
Hugh Douglas Roberts, Richard Roberts

Diversity & Inclusion Leader

Yung Lau, Jacobs
Aisha Minhas, Openreach
Chris Nightingale, Parallax
Alexandra Price, Trident Building Consultancy
Sarah Tulip, Cognizant Worldwide

Professional Services Leader

James Groot, Cortus Advisory Group
Rachel Roche, Roche Legal
Hannah Strawbridge, Han Law Co
Nicky Voase, QAD Architects
Richard Walker, Parsons Accountants

Transformational Leader

Dan Bardgett, XSEM
Gareth Barker, Sheffield Forgemasters
Chris Delaney, Green Building Renewables
Lucy Nickson, Day One Trauma Support
Richard Owen, Capital Extrusions
Paul Verrico, Eversheds Sutherland

Green Leader

Dr William Beer, Tunley Environmental
Chris Delaney, Green Building Renewables
Christopher Neave, Make it Wild
Matthew Pitt, Abode
Annelee Roscoe, Premier Modular
Tom Rumboll, SYNETIQ

HR Leader

Hayley Berry, Nexus Vehicle Rental
Olivia Cowling, Strata
Sharon Kinder, Northern Powerhouse Consulting

Sales & Marketing Leader

Edward Armstrong, CPMedia
Rebecca Hopwood, Youbee Media
James Maden, Nexus Vehicle Rental
Alexandra Price, Trident Building Consultancy
Lizzie Turner, Peachy Digital

Technology Leader

James Clarkson & Aman Shergill, Adventoris
Richard Corderoy, The Oakland Group
James Hall, Parallax
Melissa Hendry, ddroidd
Geoff Shepherd, iSource Group
Philip White, Audacia

Finance Leader

Lee Clayton, CHN Financial Consultancy
Phil Harris, Brown Shipley
Simon Webster, Headstar

Property Leader

Naveen Ahmed, The Park Lane Group
Abi Hookway, Redmayne Smith
Chris Harding, JPG Group
Hugh Douglas Roberts, Richard Roberts

Company Leader (up to 100 employees)

Naveen Ahmed, The Park Lane Group
Dan Bardgett, XSEM
Mike Brennan, CPMedia
Poonam Kaur, fds Director Services
Jonathan Sanderson, Corecom Consulting
Philip White, Audacia

Company Leader (100+ employees)

Chris Delaney, Green Building Renewables
Wayne Earnshaw, Lanes Group
Sean Ramsden MBE, Ramsden International
Ryan Scott, Twentysix
Paul Teasdale, Premier Technical Services Group
Sarah Tulip, Cognizant Worldwide

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