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The Journal and The Gazette North East Business Executive Awards

Strong business leaders form the backbone of the North East’s economy, and we want to find the very best. Drive, dynamism, integrity and leadership – these are just some of the qualities the judges will be looking for in the 36th year of the Awards.

Our annual hunt for the shining lights of the region’s business community has commenced with the official launch of the North East Business Executive Awards 2019 – one of the biggest contests in the North East business calendar.

The Event

Closing Date for Entries
Thu 22 Aug
Judging Session 1 - shortlisting
Mon 9 Sep
Judges Session 2 - choosing the winners
Fri 11 Oct
Awards Ceremony
Wed 13 Nov

THE AWARDS

Our annual hunt for the shining lights of the region’s business community has commenced.  These Awards are one of the biggest contests in the North East business calendar and are run by The Journal and The Gazette.

Strong business leaders form the backbone of the North East’s economy – and we’re on the look out for the very best for the 36th year of these Awards.

The judges are looking for drive, dynamism, integrity and leadership which was in abundance last year when the main prize was won by Mark Thompson, managing partner for Ryder Architecture. Prizes were also won by Mohammed Ishaq of The Punjab Kitchen Ltd, Sharon Lane of Tees Components and Jordan McCabe of Aztec Diamond Equestrian, with Irene Lucas taking home the Lifetime Achievement Award and Farooq Hakim the prize for Non-Executive Director of the Year 2018.

The range of categories at this high-profile awards ceremony have been carefully considered to allow us to fully reflect the activities of Business Executives from across the region whilst also rewarding & encouraging rising stars. The categories are:

Durham, Sunderland & South Tyneside Business Executive of the Year

Teesside Business Executive of the Year

Tyneside & Northumberland Business Executive of the Year

North East Business Executive of the Year

Young Business Person of the Year

Lifetime Achievement Award

As the titles of the award categories suggest, the first three awards will be given to a worthy contender in that sub-region, with the overall North East Business Executive of the Year honour being bestowed onto one of these sub-regional winners.

In addition to the top award, there are trophies for Young Business Person of the Year, who must be aged 35 or under and Lifetime Achievement award, presented to an individual who has contributed significantly to the business community in their working lifetime.

The business editors and reporters of The Journal and The Gazette use their vast business knowledge to put forward their nominations and we invite readers to also send in their submissions. What we’re looking for are not just the obvious successes – the balance sheet, the profit and loss account etc – we’re looking for the right sort of personality and leadership with an obvious connection between the candidate and the success of the business.

A judging panel, made up of key professionals from the North East business community and representatives from the sponsoring organisations, will pull together a shortlist and decide the winners for each category.

The awards will be presented at a prestigious awards dinner taking place at the Boiler Shop, Newcastle on Wednesday 13th November 2019. The evening will include a drinks reception, food and refreshments, the award presentations, musical entertainment and will be hosted by a special guest presenter.

Year-on-year this event attracts around 300 of the leading business executives from the local business community making this event a valuable networking opportunity – one not to be missed.

 

THE ROLL OF HONOUR

 

The North East Business Executive of the Year has been presented since the 1980’s and the following titles were held at the time the award was received.

1984: Ian Gregg, chairman, Greggs, Newcastle.

1985: Peter Cussins, chairman, Cussins Property, Newcastle.

1986: Bent Henriksen, managing director, TSL Thermal Syndicate, Wallsend.

1987: Sir John Hall, chairman, Cameron Hall Developments, Wynyard.

1988: Sir Peter Vardy, chairman, Reg Vardy, Sunderland.

1989: Bernard Robinson, managing director, Tallent Engineering, Newton Aycliffe.

1990: Ian Harris, managing director, Bonas Machine Company, Gateshead.

1991: Dr Ralph Iley, managing director, Cookson Group, Newcastle.

1992: Karl Watkin, managing director, Crabtree, Gateshead.

1993: David Goldman, chairman, Sage Group, Newcastle.

1994: Chris Thompson, managing director, Express Engineering, Gateshead.

1995: Robert Kilsby, managing director, Edwin Trisk Systems, Sunderland.

1996: Guy Readman, chairman, Tor Coatings, Birtley.

1997: Jim Johnson, managing director, Stadium Group, Hartlepool.

1998: Lorna Moran, chief executive, Northern Recruitment Group, Newcastle.

1999: Alan Robson, joint managing director, Rotrax Engineering, Middlesbrough.

2000: Alan Noble, executive deputy chairman, Northgate plc, Darlington.

2001: Mike Browne, chief executive, ScS Upholstery, Sunderland.

2002: John Sands, executive chairman, Pubmaster, Hartlepool.

2003: John Cuthbert, managing director, Northumbrian Water, Durham.

2004: Paul Walker, chief executive, Sage, Newcastle.

2005: Sir Michael Darrington, managing director, Greggs plc, Newcastle.

2006: Gordon Banham, chief executive, Hargreaves Services, Esh Winning.

2007: John Clough, chief executive, eaga, Newcastle.

2008: Tony Trapp, managing director, IHC Engineering Business, Riding Mill, Northumberland.

2009: David Harker, chief executive, Durham County Cricket Club, Durham.

2010: Stewart Smith, executive chairman and owner, Ramsdens Financial, Middlesbrough.

2011: Bill Scott, chief executive, Wilton Group, Middlesbrough.

2012: Andrew Hodgson, chief executive officer, SMD, Newcastle.

2013: Mike Matthews, European operations officer & managing director, Nifco UK, Eaglescliffe.

2014: Andrew Moffat, chief executive, Port of Tyne, South Shields.

2015: David Laws, chief executive, Newcastle International Airport, Newcastle.

2016: Heidi Mottram, chief executive, Northumbrian Water, Durham.

2017: Steve Bagshaw, chief executive officer, Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies, Billingham.

2018: Mark Thompson, managing partner, Ryder Architecture, Newcastle.

 

THE 2019 FINALISTS

 

Tyneside & Northumberland Business Executive of the Year

Toby Bridges, Executive Chairman, The NBT Group
Julie Drummond, Chief Executive, Drummond Central
Roger Whiteside, Chief Executive, Greggs

 

 

Teesside Business Executive of the Year
Lee Hutchinson, Chief Executive & Founder, Double Eleven
Chris McDonald, Chief Executive, Materials Processing Institute
Katy Parkinson, Founder Director, Lexonik

 

 

Durham, Sunderland & South Tyneside Business Executive of the Year – sponsored by Narrative
Dan Foskett, Managing Director, Connection Retail
Stephen Irish, Managing Director & Co-Founder, Hyperdrive Innovation
Brenda McLeish, Chief Executive, Learning Curve Group


Young Business Executive of the Year – sponsored by Newcastle University Business School

Jack Deverson, Managing Director, Evidence Based Education

Henry Malton, Managing Director, Henry’s Local
Isabella West, Chief Executive, Hirestreet

 

Overall North East Business Executive of the Year – sponsored by Muckle LLP
To be announced on the night!

 

Lifetime Achievement Award – sponsored by RSM
To be announced on the night!

 

ENTRIES TO THE 2019 ARE NOW CLOSED

 

THE EVENT

DATE:  Wednesday 13th November

VENUE:  Boiler Shop, Newcastle

TIMES:  6.30pm Drinks Reception, 10.00pm Formalities Close, 12.30am Bar Closes

DRESS CODE: Smart Casual

 

The Awards have been given a complete makeover this year and a new vibe.  The evening will provide guests with plenty of time to socialise and network, and will include: glass of fizz/bottle of lager on arrival, street food, musical entertainment and of course the award presentations.

The new concept is proving very popular so please book up soon before all the tickets go!

 

 

 

 

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The range of categories at this high-brow awards ceremony have been carefully considered to allow us to fully reflect the activities of Business Executives from across the region whilst also rewarding & encouraging rising stars. The categories are:

Durham, Sunderland & South Tyneside Business Executive of the Year

Teesside Business Executive of the Year

Tyneside & Northumberland Business Executive of the Year

North East Business Executive of the Year

Young Business Executive of the Year

Lifetime Achievement Award

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