North East Business Executive of the Year shortlists announced

The waiting is over - the shortlist of finalists in one of the region's biggest awards is finally unveiled

North East Business Executive of the Year Award winners from 2013
North East Business Executive of the Year Award winners from 2013

The votes are in, the judges have judged and the waiting is almost over.

After weeks of deliberations we can now reveal the shortlist for this year’s North East Business Executive of the Year.

We have run the coveted awards in conjunction with our sister paper the Gazette for more than three decades, shining a light upon the luminaries within our region – the brightest, bravest and most inspiring company leaders.

The winners will be announced at a glitzy awards ceremony at the Newcastle Marriott Hotel, Gosforth Park, on November 13.

Guest speaker at this year’s awards is Gyles Brandreth, the well-known writer, broadcaster and former MP who is currently a reporter on The One Show on BBC1 and a regular on Radio 4’s Just a Minute.

Gyles said: “I know the North East well. In many ways it’s the fulcrum of the real economy - where things are made as well as where things happen.

“My first job as a TV journalist was in Newcastle; my sister-in-law lives in Newcastle, my happiest time in the theatre was at the Newcastle Theatre Royal, so I grab any chance to come back.”

Over the years The North East Business Executive of the Year has grown to become one of the most avidly-watched events in the region’s business world.

The chosen top executives in three sub-regions – Tyneside and Northumberland, Durham and Wearside and Teesside – will be crowned on the night and then go head-to-head for the title of North East Business Executive of the Year 2014. This year’s overall category is sponsored by law firm Bond Dickinson LLP.

Tickets are selling fast, but there’s still chance to be a part of this key event in the region’s business calendar.

For further information, go to www.journal.co.uk/businessexec and for updates via Twitter use the hashtag #businessexec.

You can also contact Lesley Hampson, NCJ Media Events Manager, on 0191 201 6435 or you can email lesley.hampson@trinitymirror.com.

THE SHORTLIST

Durham & Wearside Business Executive of the Year

The finalists are:

Sara Davies, founder & chief executive, Crafters Companions, Coundon

Judith Moran, founder and chief executive, Learning Curve Group Ltd, Bishop Auckland

Gill Southern MBE, director, Wessington Cryogenics, Houghton le Spring

Tyneside & Northumberland Business Executive of the Year

The finalists are:

Jim Beirne MBE, chief executive, Live Theatre, Newcastle

Andrew Moffat, chief executive, Port of Tyne, South Shields

Jeff Winn, founder and managing director, Winn Group, Newcastle

Teesside Business Executive of the Year

The finalists are:

Kevin Brennan, chief executive, Quorn, Stokesley

Ian Malcolm, managing director, ElringKlinger (GB) Ltd, Redcar

Martin Moon, managing director, Subsea Innovation, Darlington

Young Business Person of the Year

The finalists are:

Alice Blackie, founder and joint owner, Pink Boutique, Newburn

Laura Claughan, founding owner, Whurk Recruitment, Newton Aycliffe

Ben Staerck, managing director, Furniture Clinic, Burnopfield

 

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