Judging panel revealed for Midlands Leadership Awards


The judging panel for the Midlands Leadership Awards has today been revealed. The inaugural awards are being held at Edgbaston Stadium, Birmingham, on Thursday, November 15. Change consultancy Curium Solutions are the headine sponsors of the awards, which are also being supported by Pertemps, MHA MacIntyre Hudson, Aston University and Future Faces Chamber of Commerce.

Alex Turner, joint managing director of TheBusinessDesk.com, said: “Our judges, who are all leaders in their own right, bring a wide range of experience and knowledge. Their contributions will be vital in making sure the shortlist and winners represent the very best from across the Midlands.”

The Midlands Leadership Awards judging panel is:

Anita Bhalla, chair, West Midlands Combined Authority Leadership Commission

James Farrow, director, Curium Solutions

Paul Faulkner, chief executive, Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce

Amanda Fletcher, managing director, The Nottinghamshire

Mayank Shah, chief executive, Minority Supplier Development UK

Mark Smith, executive director of business engagement at Aston University

Katie Trout, director, Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP

Alex Turner, joint managing director, TheBusinessDesk.com

The award categories

TheBusinessDesk.com has created the Midlands Leadership Awards to celebrate the people and organisations across the region who are role models for their teams and raise the bar for their competitors.

The shortlist will showcase the best qualities of modern leadership – of inspiration, collaboration and empowerment – and the winners will be revealed at an awards lunch which will be a celebration of the transformational impact great leaders are having in our region here and now.

The entry deadline is Friday, September 14.

The Leadership awards offer a great opportunity to recognise and showcase the achievements and success of businesses in the region. The 2018 Leadership awards are:

Best Leadership Programme
Successful companies know that leaders can be developed internally, not just hired externally. This award will go to the company or organisation that has delivered significant improvements through its successful leadership programme.

Diversity and Inclusion Leader
Increasingly organisations are embracing the benefits of having a diverse workforce at every level and in creating an environment where everyone has a voice. The Diversity and Inclusion leader of the year will be the individual who has championed diversity and inclusion, whether inside their organisation or as part of an outside group or initiative, and worked to improve the opportunities for any under-represented group.

Public and Third Sector
The public and third sectors have been under pressure in recent years, requiring its leaders to be innovative and achieve more with less. This has required leaders who can overcome challenges, often under close scrutiny, and drive cultural change in their organisation.

Professional Services
The professional services leader of the year will be the individual who is showing strong leadership and having an impact in their firm or further afield.

Transformational Leader
Delivering change requires a well-executed plan, but to deliver transformational change requires the added magic ingredient of exceptional leadership. This award will recognise the individual who has achieved that, delivering measurable success in their organisation.

How to enter

Entrants should complete the entry form and return the forms to leadership@thebusinessdesk.com. The deadline for entries is Friday, September 14 2018.

Great leadership can also be demonstrated through roles with other bodies where the individual is championing the region, sector or under-represented groups.

Leadership happens throughout an organisation so applicants can be from anywhere in the organisation. At its core leadership is about mindset and behaviour, not always hierarchy.


The awards lunch

The awards lunch will take place on Thursday, November 15 at Edgbaston Stadium, Birmingham. Tickets are on sale now, priced £85+VAT each or £800+VAT for a table of 10.


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