The North East Businessman of the Year Award, now known as the North East Business Executive of the Year, has been presented since the 1980’s, and the winners in that time have been:
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.
(The above job titles were held at the time the award was received)