Shortlist revealed for Merseyside, Cheshire and North Wales FD Awards

Now in their eighth year, the awards are sponsored by accountancy firm Grant Thornton, Accountable Recruitment, law firm Hill Dickinson and HSBC and will take place in Liverpool in November

Hilton Hotel
The awards will take place at the Hilton Hotel in Liverpool city centre


Leading finance directors from Liverpool city region, Cheshire and North Wales have been recognised on the shortlist for the annual FD Awards.

The awards, which are now in their eighth year, are sponsored by accountancy firm Grant Thornton, Accountable Recruitment, law firm Hill Dickinson and HSBCThe winners will be announced at a black tie awards ceremony on November 8, at the Hilton Hotel, Liverpool. 

Guests will be “entertained and inspired” by Andy Grant, a former Royal Marine, who overcame the adversity of losing a leg after an IED blast in Afghanistan to become the world’s fastest single leg amputee in the world over 10km by clocking a time of 37:17.

The shortlisted categories range from ‘Best Finance Director of the Year 250m+ turnover’ to ‘Best Finance Director under 40 years of age’.

Separate accolades for ‘Finance Director of the Year’ in Liverpool, Warrington, Cheshire and North Wales, as well as an award for ‘Overall FD of the Year, will be unveiled on the evening. 

Carl Williams, North West managing partner at Grant Thornton, said: “The North West is blessed with some fantastic businesses, from market-leading corporates to dynamic, entrepreneurial SMEs.

“The role talented FDs play in driving the success for region is crucial, particularly during these times of uncertainty and opportunity. The 2018 shortlist is as impressive as ever and we’re incredibly proud to support these excellent awards.” 

The full list of finalists for the 2018 Finance Director of the Year Awards is as follows:

FD Under 40 years of age – Commerce and Industry

Andy Matthews – Inciner8

Danielle James – Liverpool John Lennon Airport

Kat Farrall – Farrall’s Group

FD Under 40 years of age – Not for Profit

David Fletcher  – The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts Learning Group

Andy Roberts – Medicash

FD of a business Up to £12m turnover

Jon Else – Forster Dean Solicitors

Simon Dutton – Counterline

FD of a business £12-32m turnover

Scarlett Richardson – Boardlink

Andrew Simms – Archwood Group

Russell Hunt – MDS Global

FD of a business £32 – £60m turnover

Saeed Muhammad – Gastronomy Restaurants

Michael Graham – Sykes Cottages

Martin Anderton – Cheshire Mouldings

FD of a business £60 – £250m turnover

Jamie Webb – Health Care Resourcing Group

Greg Andrews – Calder Group

Steve Kenyon – Thomas Hardie Commercials

Large Corporate / £250m + turnover

Jennifer Halliday – CF Fertilisers

Richard Ewen – Iceland Foods

Jayne Cottam – Assura

Stephen Hill – Matalan Retail

Commercial Finance Director of the Year

Nikki Edge – Edge Transport

Jason Hiley – The Cake Crew

David Whalley – Griffiths & Armour

Chris Wainwright – Beech Group

FD of a Non Profit Organisation

Gareth Jones – Coleg Cambria

Nikhil Khashu – St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospital NHS Trust

Ann Monk – City of Liverpool College/Managing Director-SharED

Duncan Preston – Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

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