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CitySprint, Lending Works and PhotoBox feature in shortlist for FDs' Excellence Awards

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17 March 2015

Former editor

The lid has been lifted on the 2015 FDs' Excellence Awards shortlist, revealing those vying for the coveted prize of the best finance directors and CFOs leading fast-growth British firms.

Set up by Real Business in 2004, and held in association with the ICAEW and supported by the CBI, the FDs’ Excellence Awards is the most prestigious awards programme for the UK’s best finance directors and their service providers.

The awards will be held on 14 May at an exclusive ceremony hosted at the London Marriott Hotel, when accolades such as Private Company FD of the Year for three different turnover brackets and Private Equity-Backed FD of the Year will be handed out.

Competing for Private Company FD of the Year smaller businesses category (less than £10m turnover) will be Craig Wildman (Albion), Matthew Powell (Lending Works), David Lee (Mendeley) and Yomi Amunikoro (Silixa).

Moving up through the two larger categories (£10-£50m turnover and £50m+ turnover) sees the inclusion of FDs including Brad Wilkinson at The Vineyard Group, Andrew Insley from Cordium, United Biscuit’s Robin Brown and Edwin Strang of Industrial Chemicals Group.

Other awards set to be handed out on the evening include Young Finance Professional of the Year (under 30), Quoted FD of the Year outside the FTSE 350, FTSE 250 FD of the Year and FTSE 100 FD of the Year. The shortlist for the FTSE categories will be revealed in the coming week. Our Satisfaction Survey, completed this year by 2,000 FDs from across the UK, has also determined which accountancy firms, software vendors, recruitment companies and pensions providers are most valued.

Winners from the 2014 awards, which marked the tenth outing of the event, included Tim Score of semiconductor and software design company ARM, who picked up the prestigious FTSE 100 FD of the Year Award. Last year also saw Lloyds Bank secure a double win in the shape of Business Bank of the Year as well as Bank Manager of the Year in the shape of Birmingham-based relationship director Ian Fitzjohn.

Read the full shortlist below.

Private Company FD of the Year – Smaller businesses (Less than £10m turnover)
Craig Wildman – Albion
Matthew Powell – Lending Works
David Lee – Mendeley 
Yomi Amunikoro – Silixa

Private Company FD of the Year – Mid-sized businesses (£10-£50m turnover)

Andrew Insley – Cordium
Brian McKenzie – Process Systems Enterprise
Colin Webster – BRUIN Financial 
Brad Wilkinson – The Vineyard Group

Private Company FD of the Year – Larger businesses (£50m+ turnover)

Helen Rieupeyroux – Genuine Solutions Group
Marcus Jennings – Just Eat
Edwin Strang – Industrial Chemicals Group
Robin Brown – United Biscuits

Young Finance Professional of the Year (Under 30)

John Story – Story Contracting
Colin Stockwell – Ark Home Health
Craig Hart – Aspire Technology Solutions
Matthew Button – Arista Insurance

Private Equity-Backed FD of the Year

Gerard Keenan – CitySprint
Paul McCluskey – Concept Life Science Group
Richard Grethe – Focus Pharmaceuticals
Alan Burns – PhotoBox Group

Bank of the Year

Lloyds Banking Group
Santander
RBS
NatWest
Barclays
HSBC

Accountancy firm
Larger clients (above-£25m t/o)
Haines Watts
Crowe Clark Whitehill
KPMG
Grant Thornton
BDO
Deloitte

Accountancy firm
Smaller clients (sub-£25m t/o)
Chantrey Vellacott DFK
Haines Watts
Mazars
Baker Tilly
Grant Thornton
PwC

Software vendor
Larger clients (above-£25m t/o)
Epicor
Sage
COINS
Access Group
Oracle
Microsoft Dynamics

Software vendor
Smaller clients (sub-£25m t/o)
Intuit
Xero
Microsoft Dynamics
Pegasus
Iris
Sage

Recruitment companies
Robert Walters
Pure Resourcing
Robert Half
Michael Page
Reed

Pensions providers
St James Place
Standard life
Mercer
Scottish Widows
Aviva
Now Pensions

Bank Manager of the Year (as voted for by FDs in the Satisfaction Survey)
Mark Hull – Bank of Scotland
Lisa Gray – Barclays
Ian Coulson – HSBC
Ian Fitzjohn – Lloyds Bank
Mohamed Mohideen – NatWest
Robert Laurie – RBS
Paul Topping – Allied Irish
Louise Watts – BNP Paribas
Matthew Ryan – Metro Bank
Dave Barden – Handelsbanken
Alex Fuller – Santander