Recognising role models in finance

The FDs' Excellence Awards are the most prestigious programme recognising the UK's top finance directors and their service providers. Created by Real Business, the awards are held in association with ICAEW, and supported by the CBI, with media partners London Evening Standard.

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FDs' Awards

These awards recognise role-model finance directors and finance leaders in UK-based businesses. 2014 nominations are now closed. View the shortlist.

Young FD of the Year - high-performance finance directors under 40

Private Company FD of the Year - finance directors going above the call of duty in a non-quoted company

FD of the Future - high-potential financial controllers, finance managers and VPs who are tomorrow's CFOs and FDs

Inspirational FD - a new award for leading finance directors whose work goes beyond finance and inspires others in their business, market and community

Excellence Awards (for service providers)

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.


FTSE FDs' Awards

The FTSE FDs' Awards recognise: FTSE 100 FD of the Year, FTSE 250 FD of the Year, Small Quoted FD of the Year. The FTSE FDs' Awards are based on financial research conducted with information specialist Jordans and CEO testimonials. (No self-nominations in this section, though FTSE candidates can put themselves forward for relevant FDs' Awards.)


The FDs' Excellence Awards are proudly sponsored by:


Winners 2014

  • FTSE 100 FD of the Year
    Tim Score, ARM Holdings
  • FTSE 250 FD of the Year
    Joe Lister, UNITE Group
  • Quoted FD of the Year Outside the FTSE 350
    Jane Hall, The Innovation Group
  • Young FD of the Year
    Andrew Langford, Global Payments
  • Bank Manager of the Year
    Ian Fitzjohn, Lloyds Bank
  • Accountancy Firm of the Year: SME Clients
    Haines Watts
  • Accountancy Firm of the Year: Larger Clients
    Grant Thornton
  • Business Bank of the Year
    Lloyds Bank
  • Financial Software Vendor: Larger Customers
  • Financial Software Vendor: Larger Customers
  • Financial Software Provider: SME Customers
  • Recruitment Firm of the Year
    Alexander Charles
  • Pensions Firm of the Year
  • FD of the Future
    Tracy Waind, Hemingways Marketing Services
  • Private Company FD of the Year
    Richard Gibson, SwiftKey
  • Inspirational FD of the Year
    Mark Hesketh, Standard Life

Shortlist 2014

Private company FD

  • Ivan Gunatilleke, The Car Finance Company
  • David Lamb, Bowman Power Group
  • Yvonne Sherry, Ceuta Healthcare
  • Richard Gibson, SwiftKey
  • Andrew Northmore, Forest Fuels
  • Mark O'Hara, Cheesmur Building Contracts

FD of the Future

  • Steven Swaby, Industrial Chemicals Group
  • Umar Khan, GHD
  • Tracy Waind, Hemingways Marketing Services

Young Company FD

  • Andrew Green, Survivex
  • Chris Stamper, UK Hays
  • Michael Teixeira, MVF
  • Andrew Langford, Global Payments
  • Nicola Granger, Falkland Islands Government

Inspirational FD

  • Tim Kowalski, Findel
  • Julie Pomeroy, Dillistone Group
  • Robert Kerse, Circle Housing
  • Peter Hoole,
  • Mark Hesketh, Standard Life

FTSE 100 FD of the Year

  • Chris Kennedy, Easyjet PLC
  • Neil Cooper, William Hill PLC
  • John Martin, Wolseley PLC
  • Tony Chanmugam, BT Group PLC
  • Bill Tame, Babcock International Group PLC
  • Tim Score, Arm Holdings PLC

FTSE 250 FD of the Year

  • David Landless, Bodycote PLC
  • Jonathan Silver, Laird PLC
  • Joe Lister, The Unite Group PLC
  • Paul Venables, Hays PLC
  • John Gibney, Britvic PLC
  • Chris Houghton, Telecom Plus PLC

Smaller Quoted FD of the Year

  • John Samuel, Renew Holdings PLC
  • Bruce Morrison, Bond International Software PLC
  • John Swaite, Adept Telecom PLC
  • Antony Walters, Ashley House PLC
  • Dimitrios Gryparis, Globo PLC
  • Jane Hall, The Innovation Group PLC

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 Bank
  • 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 Group
  • 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 Solutions
  • Reed
  • Robert Half

Pensions adviser of the year

  • Aegon
  • Capita
  • JLT
  • Mercer
  • Scottish Widows
  • Standard Life


James Ashton

Head of Business, Evening Standard

Kevin Boyd

Group Finance Director, Oxford Instruments

Peter Charles

Independent Consultant, Peter Charles Limited

Steve Darrington

Partner and CFO, Phoenix Equity Partners

James Fassnidge

Partner - Private Equity, Drax

Stephen Gifford

Director of Economics, CBI

Ian Griffiths

Group Finance Director, ITV

Sarah Hunt

Founder, Equity FD

Liz Rylatt

Executive Director, ICAEW

Ensuring quality

We take the quality of our results seriously, we subject our results to a set of stringent rules to ensure the highest of quality.

  • More than 80% complete
  • De-duplication against email and domain
  • Must contain valid email address
  • (95th percentile) checked against anti-gaming algorithm


Very excited! A great award to receive so, thank you very much to Real Business & ICAEW. It's a pleasure to be recognised and Nominet to recognised in this way. It's an important recognition for future stars and how they can develop their role in the future

Glenn Hayward, Nominet, winner of FD of the Future 2011

On the night

May 1, 2014 - London Marriott, Grosvenor Square

The FDs' Excellence Awards ceremony brings together CFOs and FDs from FTSE firms and private businesses, FDs of the future, and the UK's best service providers.

Regularly attended by senior government ministers, this is a memorable evening with Britain's best financial talent.

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