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.
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.