Revealed: Yorkshire’s top finance directors

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​THE Conservative MP and entrepreneur Kevin Hollinrake led tributes to the achievements of Yorkshire’s finance directors at a ceremony in Leeds last night.

The Hunters Property chairman was guest speaker at the Yorkshire Finance Director Awards.

Kevin Hollinrake MP

Kevin Hollinrake MP

In his speech, he called for Yorkshire to unite behind a bid for a region-wide mayor to win more funding from Westminster.

Victoria Wooding of the global brand implementation specialist Principle Group won the outstanding achievement award.

Past winner Andy Finneran, chief financial officer of R&R Ice Cream, told the audience about the importance of finance directors in acting as a counter balance to entrepreneurial chief executives.

The Yorkshire Post, Squire Patton Boggs, Sewell Business Group, BDO and Lockton sponsored the awards.

The winners in full:

Best Finance Director of a Limited Company (up to £50m): Jo Cowl of Park Leisure

Best Finance Director of a Limited Company (above £50m): Nick Manning of John Cotton

Best Finance Director of a PLC: Darren Bryant of Card Factory

Young Finance Director: Chris Scott of Gear4Music

Best Finance Director at a Private Equity Business: John Higgins of Stroma

Best Deal of the Year: Richard Dean of Prozone

Outstanding Achievement: Victoria Wooding of Principle Group

* See The Yorkshire Post on Tuesday for a commemorative supplement featuring profiles of all the winners.