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Winners revealed at Yorkshire Finance Leaders Awards

Region’s brightest financial talents celebrated at awards

Over 200 finance leaders and professionals attended the Yorkshire Finance Leaders Awards at The Queens Hotel, Leeds, last night to celebrate the achievements of some of the region’s brightest financial talents.

Walker Morris is one of four joint sponsors of the awards, alongside accountancy and business advisory firm BDO LLP, recruitment group Brewster Partners and insurance brokers Lockton Companies.

Adnan Velic, formerly Finance Director at MRC Global, now of Nobia UK, was presented with the award for Outstanding Yorkshire Finance Leader award. (Full list of winners and special mentions below).

The black-tie awards evening which recognises and celebrates the outstanding achievements of Yorkshire’s strong finance community featured a keynote speech from former Director General of MI5, Baroness Manningham-Buller who spoke about her times as part of British internal Security Service and the important role of being a leader uncertain and difficult times.

Over £3,500 was raised to support local charity Variety, the Children’s Charity during the evening

A spokesperson for the sponsors said:

“Despite the current political and economic backdrop, 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 Yorkshire Finance Leaders Awards 2019 – winners and judge’s special mentions:

Yorkshire Finance Leader in a Private Equity Backed Company

Winner: Neil Maskrey, Allied Glass Containers Limited

Special mention: Stuart Sharp, NEOM Organics


Yorkshire Finance Leader in a Not For Profit or Public Sector Organisation

Winner: Kate Platts, The Sheffield College

Special mentions: Donna Needham, The Key Fund and Jo Garnham-Parks, We are IVE


Yorkshire Finance Leader in a Private or Family Owned Company

Winner: Steve Hammell, Sheffield Forgemasters International Limited

Special mention: Nigel Barker, Project ff&e


Yorkshire Finance Leader in a Plc

Winner: Kris Lee, Card Factory PLC

Special mention: Mark Fryer, Augean Plc


Yorkshire Finance Leader in an International Company

Winner: Spencer Morris, J Marr (Seafood) Limited

Special mention: Irfan Mahomed, Eminox


Yorkshire Finance Leader in a High Growth Start Up

Winner: James Tucknott, Homes for Students

Special mention: Simon Tomlinson, etiCloud Limited


Yorkshire Finance Deal of the year

Winner: Theresa Spencer, Ring Automotive Limited

Special mention: Kris Sutton, Acumen Waste Services Limited and Mark Watford, PTSG


Yorkshire Finance Team of the year

Joint winners: Willerby Limited and Greencore Food to Go

Special mention: DB Cargo Limited and VP plc


Outstanding Yorkshire Finance Leader of the year

Winner: Adnan Velic, Nobia UK (formerly MRC Global)