The FDs’ Excellence Awards

May 2018 | Venue TBC, London

The FDs’ Excellence Awards recognise exceptional Finance Directors, as well as the lenders and advisers that serve them

The 2017 Awards were presented during a three-course lunch at the FD Surgery on 17 May in London. The Ceremony was hosted by writer and comedian Adam Kay.

Entries for the FD categories were judged by a panel comprising FD veterans and industry experts.

The winners of the Service Provider and Lender categories were determined by the satisfaction ratings given in the FDs’ Satisfaction Survey.

2017 Winners and Finalists

Accountancy Firm of the Year: SME Clients

Every year since 2001, we’ve asked the UK’s finance directors and financial decision makers to rate their satisfaction with key service providers.

The survey results (average scores for accounting firms, banks, technology providers and other suppliers and advisers) determined the winners who were announced at The FD Surgery London.

Winners 

KPMG

Finalists 

Baker Tilly
Deloitte
Grant Thornton UK
Haines Watts
Menzies

Accountancy Firm of the Year: Larger Clients

Every year since 2001, we’ve asked the UK’s finance directors and financial decision makers to rate their satisfaction with key service providers.

The survey results (average scores for accounting firms, banks, technology providers and other suppliers and advisers) determined the winners who were announced at The FD Surgery London.

Winner 

BDO

Finalists

EY
Grant Thornton UK
KPMG
PWC

Business Bank of the Year

Every year since 2001, we’ve asked the UK’s finance directors and financial decision makers to rate their satisfaction with key service providers.

The survey results (average scores for accounting firms, banks, technology providers and other suppliers and advisers) determined the winners who were announced at The FD Surgery London.

Winner 

Lloyds Banking Group

Finalists 

Barclays
HSBC
Royal Bank of Scotland
Santander

Financial Software Vendor: SME Clients

Every year since 2001, we’ve asked the UK’s finance directors and financial decision makers to rate their satisfaction with key service providers.

The survey results (average scores for accounting firms, banks, technology providers and other suppliers and advisers) determined the who winners announced at The FD Surgery London.

Winner 

Microsoft Dynamics

Finalists 

Intuit
SAP
Xero

Financial Software Vendor: Larger Clients

Every year since 2001, we’ve asked the UK’s finance directors and financial decision makers to rate their satisfaction with key service providers.

The survey results (average scores for accounting firms, banks, technology providers and other suppliers and advisers) determined the winners who were announced at The FD Surgery London.

Winner

Sage

Finalists 

Microsoft Dynamics
Oracle
Pegasus

Inspirational FD of the Year

In recognition of the work of finance directors beyond the finance function – in inspiring teams, businesses, local communities and wider society – we introduced an award, for Inspirational FD of the Year.

Winner 

Brian McArthur-Muscroft, Paysafe Group

Finalists 

Tom Lewis, Practitioners in Advertising
David Lee, Stratajet

Pension Firm of the Year

Every year since 2001, we’ve asked the UK’s finance directors and financial decision makers to rate their satisfaction with key service providers.

The survey results (average scores for accounting firms, banks, technology providers and other suppliers and advisers) determined the winners who were announced at The FD Surgery London.

Winner 

Scottish Widows

Finalists 

Aegon
Aviva
L&G
NEST
NOW: Pensions

 

Private Company FD of the Year – Smaller and Mid-Sized Business (£20m and under turnover)

For our award to the Private Company FD of the Year, we heard from, or about, outstanding finance directors in privately owned UK businesses with a turnover of £20m and under.

Winner 

Ross Farrow, Splash Damage

Finalists 

Anthea Morris, Better2Know
Jeremy Hoare, Oakland International
Helen Gammons, Rotolight (Appleworld UK)

Private Company FD of the Year – Larger Business (Over £20m Turnover)

For our award to the Private Company FD of the Year, we heard from, or about, outstanding finance directors in privately owned UK businesses with a turnover of over £20 million.

Winner 

Darren Damiano, Venntro Media Group

Finalists 

Mark Burn, Henry Howard Finance Group
Saira Demmer, Ignata

Private Equity Backed FD of the Year

For our award to the Private Equity backed FD of the Year, heard from, or about, outstanding finance directors in private equity backed UK businesses.

Winner 

Richard West, Clifford Thames

Finalists 

Colin Parselle, Specialist Journeys Limited
Mark Logan, Thompson & Morgan Group

Recruitment Firm of the Year

Every year since 2001, we’ve asked the UK’s finance directors and financial decision makers to rate their satisfaction with key service providers.

The survey results (average scores for accounting firms, banks, technology providers and other suppliers and advisers) determined the winners who were announced at The FD Surgery London.

Winner 

Walker Hamill

Finalists 

Hays
Michael Page
Reed
Alexander Charles
Robert Half

 

Young Finance Professional of the Year

The Young Finance Professional of the Year Award, will highlight an up-and-coming finance leader under the age of 35 as of May 17th.

Winner 

Kyle Tyrell, AXA

2017 Host


adam kay[1]

Adam Kay is a writer and comedian. He writes extensively for TV and film and his first book “This is Going to Hurt” about his former career as a junior doctor will be published in September 2017. His TV and film writing credits include Mitchell & Webb, Very British Problems, Mrs Brown’s Boys, Crims, Mongrels, Up The Women, Flat TV, Our Ex Wife and Child Genius. Adam is also a regular voice on Radio 4’s “The Now Show”, and also appears on BBC 2’s The Culture Show. His comedy career started with Amateur Transplants at medical school, back in 1998. Wider public acclaim and sellout tours followed as did Edinburgh seasons. Adam has spoken at the Cambridge Union and the Times Cheltenham Literary Festival. His first book “How to be a bogus doctor” was published in 2011.

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