Spotlight on life of service to region

The search continues to find the leading lights in the region's business community with The North East Business Executive of the Year Awards 2006.

The search continues to find the leading lights in the region's business community with The North East Business Executive of the Year Awards 2006.

The awards, run by The Journal in association with The Evening Gazette on Teesside, honour the best business people across Tyneside and Northumberland, County Durham and Wearside and the Tees Valley.

This year, the winners from each sub-region will go on to compete for the title of North East Business Executive of the Year 2006 at a gala dinner.

There will also be a separate trophy for the North East Young Business Person of the Year. Judges will reward excellence shown by executives from any sector, whose success is seen through published results and show promise of even greater things to come.

The accolades have attracted the backing of several major sponsors including Dickinson Dees, Royal Bank of Scotland, University of Northumbria Business School, University of Newcastle Business School, University of Teesside, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Knight Frank.The winners will be announced at a gala dinner at the Marriott Gosforth Park Hotel on Thursday, November 2.

This week, the spotlight turns on individuals who have made a major mark on the life of the region.

The Lifetime Achievement accolade goes annually to someone who is felt to have made a major contribution over a working lifetime, not only to a company, but also to the region's broader interests.

Previous winners have included Dame Margaret Barbour and former Nissan UK managing director John Cushnaghan.

Paul Woolston, senior partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers, Newcastle, said: "We are very proud to once again be supporting the North East Business Executive of the Year Awards.

"As the largest professional services firm in the North-East, with a team of people committed to excellence and supporting regional businesses, we understand the components that help to shape business success.

"These would include amongst others, drive, vision, ambition, entrepreneurial flair, leadership, professionalism, knowledge and insight.

"Community involvement is also a key area we believe represents good business practice and we feel is an affirmation of our core values.

"We are very proud to have our local practice based in Newcastle and to be part of a great region.

"It is important that we support and reward the achievement and ambition of business individuals so that we may continue to see the North-East thrive and prosper."

John Kilner, head of the firm's performance improvement consulting team in Newcastle, said: "The performance improvement consulting team here in Newcastle is committed to improving the competitiveness of our clients in the region.

"We know from our understanding of the key drivers of competitiveness that effective leadership is crucial, not only in terms of setting the strategic vision for a business but also in terms of creating the culture and values through which the strategy is delivered.

"The Lifetime Achievement Award winner will have been at the heart of their organisation's success and will have many of these core attributes.

"The team of advisers based in Newcastle has a strong track record of working with business leaders in both small and large organisations across a number of sectors."

* For details of the North East Business Executive of the Year event and to book tables, contact Claire Mitchell, events manager, on (0191) 201-6393 or email claire.mitchell @ncjmedia.co.uk

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