Quotes & testimonials

Event date May 19th May 2016

We are proud of our Yorkshire Rising Stars alumni.  Everyone involved gains something constructive and positive from the awards programme.  Nominees are recognised for their outstanding talent and achievements; the awards showcase the quality of businesses in the Yorkshire region; and it further enhances and develops networks of professional contacts for all involved.

Below are some quotes from previous nominees and nominators…

Quotes from previous nominees:

“I am very excited and proud of my double win and to be named the Yorkshire Rising Star of the Year.  It is a great achievement for ghd, a great yorkshire and British business, to win such an accolade.”                     Umar Khan, UK Commercial Finance Manager, ghd, Winner of the West/North Yorkshire over £60m Turnover Award and Overall Rising Star 2013 

“I am very excited to have been nominated by senior colleagues, and I am very proud to have my achievements recognised amongst my peers, and to win this award.”                                                                                        Chris Seymour, Firth Rixson, Winner of the South/East Yorkshire over £60m Turnover Award 2013

“I am very grateful for the fantastic opportunities and fantastic support from my bosses Gary and Andrew which led to me being nominated for this award.  This was a great chance to assess my achievements so far and look forward to future opportunities.  I am very proud to have won an award recognising my achievements.”                                                               Vicki Turner, Provident Financial, Winner of the PLC Award 2013

“I feel very privileged to have been nominated and supported throughout the process by senior colleagues.  It has been exciting to have the opportunity to compare my achievements with my peers and I am delighted to win this accolade.  I have enjoyed the opportunity to promote the business that I am very proud to work for.”                                                Claire Dickinson, AESSEAL, Winner of the South/East Yorkshire under £60m Turnover Award 2013

“It is great to have been recognised as finance functions are often overlooked.  I am proud to have been nominated and this is a win for my team as you are only as good as the team that supports you.”                     Angela Dobrucki, University of Bradford, Winner of the Not for Profit Award 2013

“This has been a super experience overall and I was very proud to be nominated for an award.  It is great to have my hard work recognised.”  Karen Stevens, Go Outdoors, Winner of the One to Watch Award 2013

“To win something like this is physical recognition that you are doing a really good job and it gives you tremendous inner confidence. The whole process, has been entirely positive and one that forced me to reflect on the things that I have done right in my job. In the day- to-day demands of work it’s rare that you have the chance to do that.”
Joanne Cowl, Group Financial Controller at Communisis plc, Overall winner Yorkshire Rising Stars 2012

“I was really proud to be nominated and it’s fantastic to win my category. That was good enough but to win overall is amazing. I work with some great people and this award is as much for them as it is for me”
Vicky Godliman, Financial Controller of Trustmarque Solutions. Winner of the Yorkshire £70m to £150m Turnover Award and Overall Rising Star 2010

‘The Yorkshire Rising Star Awards are a fantastic opportunity for finance professionals to compare themselves against their peers and demonstrate their capabilities to leading professional advisers. The competition has enhanced my confidence, provided independent confirmation that I am progressing well in my career and that my employers believe that I am worthy of such an accolade.’
Andrew Mill, Divisional Finance Director, Lexia Soultions. 2010 Yorkshire £25m – £70m turnover winner

“It’s been an exciting couple of years and I’m honoured to be recognised in this way. The nomination process was really enjoyable and I’d encourage people to take part next year”.
Andrew Ward, Financial Controller of Zubrance Limited. Winner of the under £25m Turnover Award 2010

“I was really proud to be nominated for this and delighted to win my category. It’s great to have that extra reassurance that my employer values my contribution to the business, and that the work I am doing is making a difference both to my personal aspirations and to the business as a whole.”
Lisa Cork, nominated at Crawford UK Ltd (Sheffield, South Yorkshire) Yorkshire under £20m turnover 2011

“I was surprised yet thrilled to be nominated for a rising star award and found the interview process to be very enjoyable.  It was also very rewarding to receive such strong recognition from those that I work with both inside and outside my organisation.”
Paul Ashwell, British Waterways, 2011 NFP Finalist

“Being nominated for a Rising Star award by my FD was not only a great compliment but it also a motivated me to continue to work hard and progress my career. Winning it also made a great addition to my CV! The awards evening, complete with guest speakers, on stage presentations and “winners’ speeches” was a great night with a chance to meet and socialise with financial professionals from across the region.”
Gary Vaughton, 2010 South Yorkshire £25 – £70m turnover winner

“I was extremely pleased to be nominated for a Rising Star award and to be awarded as highly commended was fantastic. I’ve made new relationships as a result of the process and got back in touch with some old contacts as a result of the event. I would thoroughly recommend taking part if you get the opportunity”
Helen McGinty, Skipton Building Society – 2011 W/N Over £70m Highly Commended

“The Yorkshire Rising Stars were a fantastic experience.  It gave me a chance to reflect on my career to date and to think about goals for the future, with the support and sponsorship of my FD.  Internally, the Awards have helped to raise my profile at SSP; externally, I’ve met some great people and made contacts for the future.  It’s a great event to be a part of, and one I’d highly recommend to others”
Chris Pennington, SSP, 2011 W/N Over £70m winner & Overall Winner

Quotes from previous nominators:

“It is not often enough that we recognise the excellent contributions made by financial professionals in Yorkshire businesses. Therefore, when I was approached for last year’s Yorkshire Rising Star Awards, I did not hesitate to nominate my financial controller. I felt that his outstanding contribution to our business over the past year was deserving, not just of my whole hearted support and words of appreciation, but also some broader recognition from our business community.

From start to finish I commend the sponsors of the Yorkshire Rising Star Awards on the professionalism of the whole event – the quality of all those nominated was impressive and the interviews proved to be challenging, yet insightful. The whole event was glamorously concluded with the black tie Awards Ceremony dinner at Oulton Hall, combining the tension and anticipation of the Oscars with the realism of Yorkshire business. Well done!!”

Nick Bate, Group Finance Director of SSP, Halifax.

“The Yorkshire Rising Stars awards provides employers with the opportunity to show their most talented staff that the company has belief in them. It is a great motivational tool and gives employees the confirmation that they are on track to be the next generation of finance directors.”
Andrew Mill, Finance Director, Lexia Solutions

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