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FDs' Excellence Awards 2014 shortlists announced

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10 March 2014

Today we're pleased to announce the full shortlist for the FDs' Excellence Awards, in association with the ICAEW and supported by the CBI.

Celebrating their 10th anniversary, the 2014 ICAEW FDs’ Excellence Awards were created by Real Business and are supported by the CBI. 

The programme covers two overall categories: the FD Awards, designed to recognise outstanding FDs from quoted and privately owned companies in the UK; and the Excellence Awards, recognising the service providers – accounting firms, banks, software firms and consultancies – that Britain’s FDs have rated most highly in the UK’s biggest survey of FDs.

Michael Izza, chief executive of ICAEW said: “Strong financial management is crucial to any organisation’s success and it is vital that we continue to recognise the FDs and CFOs who are truly leading from the front and enabling our country’s biggest firms to thrive.”

John Cridland, director-general of the CBI said: “As growth gathers momentum and demand picks up, businesses will be increasing their investment activity so sound financial management will be even more critical. 

“The CBI is proud to support the FD’s Excellence Awards to recognise those who are making a major contribution to their organisations as well as the wider economy.”

The FDs’ Excellence Awards ceremony on May 1st at the London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square will bring together CFOs and FDs from FTSE firms and private businesses, alongside FDs of the future and the UK’s very best service providers.

You can book your table at this fantastic evening with Britain’s best financial talent here.

The shortlists: 


The FDs’ Awards

These awards recognised the brightest and best financial leaders in UK businesses, and are selected by our panel of judges. Click on each category for more details. 

FD of the Future

Umar Khan, commercial finance manager, ghd

Steven Swaby, financial controller, Industrial Chemicals Group Limited

Tracy Waind, financial controller, Hemingways Marketing Services 

Young FD of the Year

Michael Teixeira, CFO, MVF

Nicola Granger, financial secretary, Falkland Islands Government

Andrew Green, FD, Survivex

Andrew Langford, UK FD, Global Payments

Chris Stamper, UK&I FD, Hays 

Private Company FD of the Year 

Yvonne Sherry, group FD, Ceuta Healthcare

David Lamb, CFO, Bowman Power Group 

Richard Gibson, CFO, SwiftKey

Ivan Gunatilleke, FD, The Car Finance Company

Andrew Northmore, South West FD, Forest Fuels 

Mark O’Hara, FD, Cheesmur Building Contractors 

Inspirational FD of the Year 

Peter Hoole, financial managing director and co-founder, Cact.us

Julie Pomeroy, FD, Dillistone Group plc 

Tim Kowalski, group finance director, Findel plc

Robert Kerse, executive director of finance, Circle Housing

Mark Hesketh, finance director UK & Europe, Standard Life plc

FTSE FDs’ Awards 

These are awarded to the best FDs at Britain’s quoted companies. Shortlists are based on financial research conducted by business data specialists Jordans and decided by an academy of judges. 

FTSE 100 FD of the Year 

John Martin, CFO of Wolseley

Bill Tame, group FD of Babcock International Group

Tim Score, CFO of Arm Holdings

Chris Kennedy, CFO of easyJet

Tony Chanmugam, FD at BT Group;

Neil Cooper, FD, of William Hill

FTSE 250 FD of the Year

David Landless, group FD of Bodycote 

Jonathan Silver, FD of Laird

Joe Lister, CFO of The Unite Group

Paul Venables, group FD of Hays

John Gibney, CFO of Britvic

Chris Houghton, FD of Telecom Plus

Small Quoted FD of the Year

John Samuel, group FD of Renew Holdings

Bruce Morrison, CFO of Bond International Software

John Swaite, FD of Adept Telecom

Antony Walters, FD of Ashley House

Dimitrios Gryparis, CFO of Globo 

Jane Hall, group FD of The Innovation Group

Excellence Awards


The ultimate test of service excellence, these awards are determined by votes cast by FDs in our annual Satisfaction Survey, which was completed by 1,300 finance decision-makers in 2013.

These awards recognise banks, auditors, financial software suppliers and recruitment firms.

Read the shortlists for these categories on page two…

For this year’s FDs’ Satisfaction Survey, we received a total of 1,233 valid submissions, a new record over the 14 years of the survey. 

Of these financial decision-makers, 534 were from in SMEs (sub-£25m turnover), 115 were from quoted companies, 890 were FDs or financial controllers and 276 were based in London (the most popular region).

The scores offered for customer satisfaction around key aspects of service provision decide the winners of the supplier categories at the FDs’ Excellence Awards, held on May 1, 2014. 

The following shortlists include the suppliers in contention for awards – companies that attracted the highest number customer ratings from valid survey completions.

Accountancy firm of the year (SME clients)
Baker Tilly
BDO
Deloitte
Grant Thornton
Haines Watts
KPMG

Accountancy firm of the year (larger clients)
BDO
Deloitte
EY
Grant Thornton
KPMG
PwC

Bank of the Year
Bank of Scotland
Barclays
HSBC
Lloyds Banking Group
Santander
The Royal Bank of Scotland Group

Bank Manager of the Year
This award will recognise an individual outstanding bank manager. 

Financial software vendor (SME users)
Access UK
IRIS
Microsoft Dynamics
Pegasus
Sage
SAP

Financial software vendor (larger company users)
Infor
Microsoft Dynamics
Oracle
Sage
SAP
Unit 4

Finance recruiter of the year
Alexander Charles 
Hays
Michael Page
Pure Resourcing
Reed
Robert Half

Pensions adviser of the year
Aegon
Capita
JLT
Mercer
Scottish Widows
Standard Life

The FDs’ Excellence Awards ceremony on May 1st at the London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square will bring together CFOs and FDs from FTSE firms and private businesses, alongside FDs of the future and the UK’s very best service providers.

You can book your table at this fantastic evening with Britain’s best financial talent here.