The most dynamic heads of the region’s businesses can now be revealed as they compete for top honours at the Yorkshire Business Leaders Awards 2017.

Forty two individuals will vie for eight awards at the dinner at the Royal Armouries in Leeds on 18 May 2017, an increase on last year’s inaugural event.

Entrants range from chief executives, managing directors and finance directors representing a variety of industry sectors across Yorkshire and the Humber. The awards include all sizes of companies from early-stage businesses to plcs, not-for-profits to private equity backed companies.

The host this is year is the popular TV presenter Mark Durden-Smith and the pre-dinner speaker is leadership author and training company owner Graham Wilson.

Last year’s winners included R&R Ice Cream chief executive Ibrahim Najafi, Tracsis chief executive John McArthur, Graham Royle, chairman of GRI Group and Carole Woodhead, chief executive at Hermes Parcelnet.

The event is organised by Insider on behalf of event partners Aon, Endless, HSBC, Parkinson Lee and Pinsent Masons. Event partnership is still available.

The shortlists are as follows:

Director of the Year (private equity-backed)
Carl Cavers, chief executive, Sumo Digital
Chris Chidley, chief executive, Specialist People Services
Di Walker, group executive chair, Karro Food Group UK
John Makin, finance & IT director, NRS Healthcare

Director of the Year (non-for-profit)
Andrew Palmer, chief executive, North of England Excellence
Caroline Harrison, chief executive, Aspire-Igen Group
Stephanie Burras, chief executive, Ahead Partnership
Ali Akbor, chief executive, Unity Homes & Enterprise
Mark O’Reilly, chief executive, Team Humber Marine Alliance

Director of the Year (up to £10m)
Kieran Montgomery, managing director, Key Security Group
Charles Payne, managing director, Real Yorkshire Pudding Co
Lee Evans, managing director, Vital Technology Group
Sarah Agar-Brennan, Founder, Love Bomb Cushions
Geoff Shepherd, chief executive, iSource Group
Craig Such, managing director, Azzure IT
James Howard, managing director, Yorkshire Payments

Director of the Year (£10m – £35m)
Tim Halstead, managing partner, Shulmans
Dan Spencer, managing director, Torsion
Simon Gray, managing director, Boost Drinks
Tom Marley, managing director, The Car Buying Group
Nick Garthwaite, managing director, Christeyns
Naveen Ahmed, managing director, Parklane Group

Director of the Year (£35m – £100m)
Rupert Broome, managing director, Killgerm Group
Stephen Russell, managing director, Ringways Motor Group
Andrew Weaver, chief executive, Strata Homes
Andrew Kendall-Jones, chief executive, The Southerns Group
Paul Sanderson, chief executive, HGF
Sean Ramsden, chief executive, Ramsdens International

Director of the Year (£100m plus)
Tim Rix, managing director, JR Rix & Sons
Nick Glynne, managing director, Buy It Direct
Mark Chesworth, Vivergo Fuels
Chris Chidley, chief executive, Specialist People Services
Thomas Martin, joint managing director, Arco

Young Director of the Year
Chris Kiaie, ORIIUM
Zara Jackson, Network Scientific
Jasdeep Bhogal, JAR Group
Umar Khan, Pure Collection
Poonam Kaur, fds Director Services Ltd
Jonathan Blythe, Euromax Solutions

Director of the Year (plc)
Edward Ziff, Chairman, Town Centre Securities
Adam Couch, chief executive, Cranswick
Owen Michaelson, chief executive, Harworth Group
Jolyon Harrison, chief executive, Gleeson Homes

Source: Insidermedia

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