North East Business Executive Awards 2013 judges unveiled

The task of judging the North East Business Executive of the Year Awards is a serious business, and an important job we entrust to some of the region’s most influential people

The winners at the 2012 Business Executive Awards
The winners at the 2012 Business Executive Awards

The task of judging the North East Business Executive of the Year Awards is a serious business, and an important job we entrust to some of the region’s most influential people.

The awards – run by The Journal in association with the Evening Gazette on Teesside – aim to single out inspiring business people across the North East.

And those entering need look no further than the impressive board of judges, which features some of the most respected and well-known figures in the North East business world, including last year’s overall winner.

Entering its 30th year, the hotly-contested event is once again chaired by Northumbrian Water’s former director of corporate affairs John Mowbray, and between them the judging panel displays an unrivalled wealth of knowledge about firms right across the region.

We have leading entrepreneurs, business leaders and high-fliers from the worlds of education, property and the public sector.

Tough criteria is currently being drawn as the judges begin their search for executives who displayed true leadership qualities, by inspiring their organisations to weather the storm of current economic challenges and whose passion, drive, experience and tenacity is helping the North East to greater economic strength.

Journal editor Brian Aitken said: “These awards have uncovered some shining examples of leaders who have achieved success for their companies through innovation, commitment and sheer hard work.

“You can be confident that this year’s regional winner will be very worthy of joining the previous 29 winners of this much sought-after accolade.

“There is no doubt that this is one of the most closely-watched events in the business calendar.

“Now in its 30th year, the list of winners for these awards reads like a roll call of the most influential figures we have contributing to the growth of this region’s economy.

“If our economy is to prosper further we need more of these individuals to step forward.”

The awards will seek the top executives from the three sub-regions of the North East – Tyneside and Northumberland, Durham and Wearside and Teesside – who will then go on to compete for the title of North East Business Executive of the Year 2013, to be presented at a gala dinner to be held on November 14, at the Newcastle Marriott Hotel, Gosforth Park.

There will be a separate trophy for the North East Young Business Person of the Year, who must be aged 30 or under on September 1. There is also a Lifetime Achievement award and a Non-Executive Director of the Year award.

The North East Business Executive of the Year Awards are open to all sectors and will reward business excellence. The judges will be look for someone with an impressive track record of achievement in turnover, profitability, reinvestment, job creation, sales growth and potential.

The companies can be any size and while the bottom line will not be the sole focus, their performance must stand out. In exceptional circumstances, a company’s turnover or profit may not be very high, but if the individual behind it has shown extraordinary talent in overcoming corporate adversity, it would be worthy of consideration.

The candidates should have demonstrated drive and dynamism in performance, be a fitting representative of business in the region and perhaps have contributed to some aspect of the region’s wellbeing already.

John Duns, business development and marketing director at our associate sponsors Brewin Dolphin, joins the panel for the first time and is looking forward to hearing stories of success, some of whom he may well have worked with during is career.

Employing 350 people, the Newcastle Brewin Dolphin office is the firm’s largest outside London, also having a strong Teesside presence, and the company is particularly proud of the fact that so many staff stay loyal to the firm for many years, many working their way through the ranks from trainee up to management roles.

Duns said: “Having been involved in management I know how difficult it is because you ultimately have to rely upon the success of others – you have to enthuse passion into others too.”

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