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Britain’s up-and-coming generation of finance directors have been identified alongside their key service providers with the announcement of the full shortlists for the FDs’ Excellence Awards 2012.

Held in association with ICAEW, the FDs’ Excellence Awards recognise the best-performing FDs from quoted and privately owned companies in the UK, as well as the service providers that support Britain’s finance community.

Created by Real Business, supported by the CBI and in partnership with the London Evening Standard, the FDs’ Excellence Awards are the biggest national programme celebrating excellence in financial management.

The full shortlists are as follows. 

Young FD of the Year (Quoted sector):

  • Colin Fleming, Abbott Mead Vickers

  • Kate Barnes, HiWave Technologies

  • Tuan Jin Aw, RR Donnelley

  • Andrew Beach, Ebiquity

Young FD of the Year (private company):

  • Gary Davies, JBMI Group

  • Ian Trinder, Audley Court

  • Jennifer Phillips, CambridgeEducation Group

  • Manish Mandavia, Donatantonio Group

  • Stephen Joseph, Ocean Outdoor

  • Phil Jones, 2OC

FD of the Future:

  • Matthew Price, Whitbread

  • Tony Broadhurst, Barnett Waddingham

  • Brad Peters, Telecity Group

  • Sarah Moynihan, Marshall of Cambridge

  • Janet Hall, RS Clare

  • Paul Lawlor, Sleaford Quality Foods

Private Company FD of the Year:

  • Nick Bray, Sophos

  • Peter Aratoon, YourCash

  • John Leyden, Firezza

  • Daniel Evans, Silver StreetAutomotive

  • Robert Whitrow, Leasedrive Group

  • Ashley Deakin, 1st Contact

Robin Fieth, ICAEW executive director, said: “The breadth and depth of young talent we have seen is hugely encouraging. By recognising the best young FDs in both the quoted and private sectors, we are giving them the opportunity to showcase their abilities, as well as creating a wider set of role models. It isi mportant to recognise and reward our young talent early on in their career, to encourage them to go on to bigger and better things, as well as setting the bar for other aspiring finance directors.”

The FDs’ Excellence Awards also recognise service providers to UK finance directors and finance teams – auditors, banks, financial software providers, recruiters. The winners are based on the annual Satisfaction Survey of UK FDs (which this year had a record 1,100 responses). The shortlists are as follows:

Recruitment Firm of the Year:

  • Alexander Charles

  • Pure Resourcing Solutions

  • Robert Walters

  • Reed

  • Robert Half

  • Michael Page

  • Hays

Financial Software Provider – Large Firms (£50m+ turnover):

  • Microsoft Dynamics

  • Oracle

  • Sage

  • SAP

  • SunAccounts

Financial Software Provider – SMEs:

  • Access UK

  • Corero

  • IRIS (Exchequer and Chorus)

  • Microsoft Dynamics

  • Sage

  • UNIT 4 (CODA, Agresso,FinancialForce.com)

Business Bank of the Year:

  • Barclays

  • HSBC

  • Lloyds Banking Group

  • RBS/NatWest

Auditor of the Year – Large Firms (£50m+ turnover)

  • BDO

  • Deloitte

  • Ernst & Young

  • Grant Thornton

  • KPMG

  • PWC

Auditor of the Year – SME:

  • Crowe Clark Whitehall

  • Grant Thornton

  • Haines Watts Group

  • PKF

  • RSM Tenon Group

The “FTSE FD of the Year” shortlists for FTSE 100, FTSE 250 and Smaller Quoted FD of the Year were announced last month, and included finance directors at Burberry, BSkyB and Sports Direct.

Shortlisted candidates will be evaluated by a panel of judges on April 19, 2012, and the FDs’ Excellence Awards ceremony takes place on May 24, 2012 at the London Marriott Hotel, Grosvenor Square. Keynote speaker is Mark Hoban MP, financial secretary to the Treasury. Tickets are available at the FDs’ Excellence Awards website.

The awards are also supported by Lombard, Ernst & Young, Lloyds Banking Group and Kaplan. 

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