The shortlist has been announced for this year’s North East Business Executive of the Year .
The Journal has run the coveted awards in conjunction with our sister paper The Gazette on Teesside for more than three decades, highlighting the region’s brightest and most inspiring business leaders.
Now, ahead of the black-tie bash where the winners will be announced at the Newcastle Marriott Hotel, Gosforth Park , on November 9, we can reveal the shortlist for the awards, sponsored this year by wealth managers Brewin Dolphin.
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 2017.
There will also be a prize for young business person of the year and the non-executive director of the year.
The shortlist is:
DURHAM & WEARSIDE
– Susan Bell, chief executive officer, Waterstons;
– Kevin Brown, owner & group managing director, Pacifica Group;
– Valda Goodfellow, managing director, Goodfellow & Goodfellow.
Tyneside & Northumberland
– Andrew Haigh, chief executive, Newcastle Building Society;
– David Harrison, managing partner, True Potential;
– Richard Waterhouse, chief executive, NBS.
Peter Abdale, managing director, Transflex Vehicle Rental;
Steve Bagshaw, chief executive officer, Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies;
Vikki Jackson-Smith, chief executive, J&B Recycling.
YOUNG BUSINESS PERSON
Cathal Doocey, owner, CPD Bodies
Phil Pallister, managing director, 0800 Repair Gas Services
John Savage, co-founder and managing director, Flame Heating Group
Last year the main prize was won by Heidi Mottram, chief executive of Northumbrian Water. Prizes were also won by Roger Whiteside of Greggs , David Robinson, then of PD Ports, James Pennington from Viral Effect Ltd, Jonathan Ruffer of Auckland Castle, non-executive director Dr Alan Rutherford, and Paul Booth, who took the Lifetime Achievement Award.
This year’s event takes place in conjunction with main sponsors Brewin Dolphin and category sponsors Bond Dickinson, RSM, Muckle LLP, Newcastle University Business School and Teesside University Business School.
To reserve a table for the awards night, or for further information, go to www.chroniclelive.co.uk/businessexec or contact Lesley Hampson, events manager, on 0191 201 6435 or by email at email@example.com.