Jaguar Land Rover Chief Financial Officer Kenneth Gregor scooped a Lifetime Achievement Award at the West Midlands Finance Awards.
The gala ceremony – hosted in partnership by specialist recruitment consultancy Robert Walters, the Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and ICAEW – saw a total of 11 individuals and businesses honoured.
Rentokil Initial won the Business of the Year (large) category while Connect Advertising & Marketing won the Business of the Year (SME) gong.
The awards were celebrated by more than 500 guests at the ICC on December 4.
Habiba Khatoon, Associate Director of Robert Walters Birmingham, said: “It’s been hugely encouraging to see such passion and enthusiasm from all of the entrants.
“We’re delighted to have the opportunity to celebrate the outstanding work done by finance professionals in the region and promote the contribution they make to the economic and business landscape of the West Midlands.”
Paul Faulkner, Chief Executive of Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce, said: “It’s been excellent to see such a strong turnout for the awards and we would like to thank everyone who attended.
“The standard of entries was exceptionally high this year and it made choosing the winners extremely challenging.
“We’d like to congratulate this year’s winners and thank everyone who entered as well as our sponsors for their generous support.”
Tom Madden, Midlands Regional Director of ICAEW, said: “With the Midlands becoming a growing hub for finance activity in the UK, it’s fantastic to have an opportunity to highlight the exceptional achievements of the professionals in region who have been instrumental to this growth.”
The full list of winners:
Lifetime Achievement Award
Kenneth Gregor, Chief Financial Officer at Jaguar Land Rover
Business of the Year (SME)
Connect Advertising & Marketing
Business of the Year (Large)
Shared Service Centre of the Year
Highly Commended: Veolia
Mentor of the Year
Winner: Sharon Walton, GVA
Highly Commended: Majeed Iqbal, Deutsche Bank
Finance Director of the Year
Neil Smith, Gateley Plc
Finance Team of the Year (Above 20 people)
Winner: London Midland
Highly Commended: Interserve
Finance Team of the Year (20 or below people)
Volvo Financial Services
Training Body of the Year
University of Birmingham
Rising Star of the Year (Qualified)
Winner: Richard Guest, BT Fleet
Rising Star (Non-qualified/part-qualified)
Winner: Mike Carter, Halfords
Highly Commended: Olivia Hodgkiss, Interserve