FTSE 100

Sponsored by Audeliss

To be eligible for this category companies must be in the FTSE100. The individual nominee can be a Chairman, Non-Executive Directors or Senior-Independent Director but the nominee must have been in their role for at least a year (from September 2020). The long form (Stage 2) must indicate:

  • how the nominee has made significant contribution to the organisation’s strategy
  • how the nominee has impacted on the financial success of the company
  • how the nominee maintains high ethical standards and shows good corporate governance
  • any challenges the nominee has helped overcome since being on the board

Previous Winners

2021
Lord Norman Blackwell Lloyds Banking Group PLC

2020
John Allan
Tesco PLC

2019
Sir Anthony Habgood
RELX Group PLC

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FTSE All Share

Sponsored by A&M

To be eligible for this category companies must be in the FTSE All Share. The individual nominee can be a Chairman, Non-Executive Directors or Senior-Independent Director but the nominee must have been in their role for at least a year (from September 2020). The long form (Stage 2) must indicate:

  • how the nominee has made significant contribution to the organisation’s strategy
  • how the nominee has impacted on the financial success of the company
  • how the nominee maintains high ethical standards and shows good corporate governance
  • any challenges the nominee has helped overcome since being on the board

Previous Winners

2021
Barry Gibson
HomeServe PLC

2020
Ian Durant

Greggs PLC

2019
Philip Aiken
AVEVA Group PLC

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FTSE AIM

Sponsored bYy CMS

To be eligible for this category companies must be quoted on the FTSE AIM. The individual nominee can be a Chairman, Non-Executive Directors or Senior-Independent Director but the nominee must have been in their role for at least a year (from September 2020). The long form (Stage 2) must indicate:

  • how the nominee has made significant contribution to the organisation’s strategy
  • how the nominee has impacted on the financial success of the company
  • how the nominee maintains high ethical standards and shows good corporate governance
  • any challenges the nominee has helped overcome since being on the board

Previous Winners

2021
Rob Woodward
Blancco Technology Group PLC

2020
David Rasche
GB Group PLC

2019
Richard Last
Gamma Communications PLC

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Private/Private Equity Backed

Sponsored by Edelman

To be eligible for this category companies must be a private or private equity backed company. The individual nominee can be a Chairman, Non-Executive Directors or Senior-Independent Director but the nominee must have been in their role for at least a year (from September 2020). The long form (Stage 2) must indicate:

  • how the nominee has made significant contribution to the organisation’s strategy
  • how the nominee has impacted on the financial success of the company
  • how the nominee maintains high ethical standards and shows good corporate governance
  • any challenges the nominee has helped overcome since being on the board

Previous Winners

2021
Steve Holliday
CityFibre Holdings Limited

2020
Irene Dorner
Control Risks

2019
Victoria Raffe
Starling Bank

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Not–for–Profit/Public Service Organisation

Sponsored by bdo

To be eligible for this category, companies must be a Not for Profit or a Public Service Organisation.
The nominee must have been in their role for at least a year.
The individual nominee can be a Chairman, Non-Executive Director or Senior-Independent Director but the role must have duties equivalent to those of a PLC board.

The long form (Stage 2) must indicate:

  • how the nominee has made significant contribution to the organisation’s strategy
  • how the nominee has impacted on the financial success of the company
  • how the nominee maintains high ethical standards and shows good corporate governance
  • any challenges the nominee has helped overcome since being on the board

Previous Winners

2021
Baroness Eliza Manningham-Buller
Wellcome Trust

2020
Bernadette Conroy Network Homes Ltd

2019
Tony Cohen
Barnardo’s

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Dame Helen Alexander 'NED to Watch'

Sponsored by cRANFIELD

This category is open to both male and female nominees.
The Nominee must have up to 5 years' experience.
The Nominee must be a Non-Executive Director not a Chairman or Senior Independent Director.

The long form (Stage 2) must indicate:

  • how the nominee has made significant contribution to the organisation’s strategy
  • how the nominee has impacted on the financial success of the company
  • how the nominee maintains high ethical standards and shows good corporate governance
  • any challenges the nominee has helped overcome since being on the board

Previous Winners

2021
Mike Gahir
Steps to Work

2020
Page Nyame-Satterthwaite
National Children’s Bureau

2019
Dianne Walker
BAKO North Western Group Ltd

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Lifetime Achievement Award

Sponsored by bOUDICCA

This award is nominated and awarded by the judging panel. The recipient of this award will be someone who:

  • Is a well-respected leader who has contributed to the improvement of corporate governance.
  • Has a Character/Style which is special in some way; courageous, visionary, exemplary, respected, refreshingly outspoken, disarming, humble.
  • Has had a major influence with achievements in the Public and Not for Profit sectors.
  • Has a track record of creating value for shareholders and/or transforming companies.
  • Has enhanced reputation of Independent Non-Executive Directors and Boards.
  • Has served as an independent Non-Executive Director/Chair on 3-5 corporate boards.
  • Is distinctive in achievement and impact in terms of diversity, inclusion and supporting the next generation of leaders.

Previous Winners

2021
Sir Donald Brydon CBE

2020
Dame Alison Carnwath

2019
Sir Roger Carr

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The Awards

The Non-Executive Director Awards were established in 2006, by Peel Hunt, to recognise the achievements of Non-Executive Directors who contribute daily to the success and growth of businesses and Not-for-Profit organisations across the UK. There are seven categories within the awards.

FTSE 100
Sponsored by Audeliss
FTSE All Share
Sponsored by A&M
FTSE AIM
Sponsored by CMS
Private/Private Equity Backed
Sponsored by Edelman
Not–for–Profit/Public Service Organisation
Sponsored by BDO
Dame Helen Alexander 'NED to Watch'
Sponsored by Cranfield
Lifetime Achievement Award
Sponsored by Boudicca

FTSE 100

Sponsored by Audeliss

To be eligible for this category companies must be in the FTSE100. The individual nominee can be a Chairman, Non-Executive Directors or Senior-Independent Director but the nominee must have been in their role for at least a year (from September 2019). The long form (Stage 2) must indicate:

  • how the nominee has made significant contribution to the organisation’s strategy
  • how the nominee has impacted on the financial success of the company
  • how the nominee maintains high ethical standards and shows good corporate governance
  • any challenges the nominee has helped overcome since being on the board
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Previous Winners

2021
Lord Norman Blackwell Lloyds Banking Group PLC

2020
John Allan – Tesco PLC

2019
Sir Anthony Habgood – RELX Group plc

2018
Martin Scicluna – RSA Insurance Group

2017
Richard Baker – Whitbread

2016
Sir Peter Gershon CBE – National Grid

FTSE AIM

Sponsored bYy CMS

To be eligible for this category companies must be quoted on the FTSE AIM. The individual nominee can be a Chairman, Non-Executive Directors or Senior-Independent Director but the nominee must have been in their role for at least a year (from September 2019). The long form (Stage 2) must indicate:

  • how the nominee has made significant contribution to the organisation’s strategy
  • how the nominee has impacted on the financial success of the company
  • how the nominee maintains high ethical standards and shows good corporate governance
  • any challenges the nominee has helped overcome since being on the board

Previous Winners

2021
Rob Woodward - Blancco Technology Group PLC

2020
David Rasche – GB Group PLC

2019
Richard Last – Gamma Communications plc

2018
Malcolm Diamond – Flowtech Fluidpower

2017 - 'Quoted Company – AIM'
Roger McDowell – Avingtrans

2016 - 'Quoted Company – AIM'
Peter Allen – Clinigen

Private/Private Equity Backed

Sponsored by Edelman

To be eligible for this category companies must be a private or private equity backed company. The individual nominee can be a Chairman, Non-Executive Directors or Senior-Independent Director but the nominee must have been in their role for at least a year (from September 2019). The long form (Stage 2) must indicate:

  • how the nominee has made significant contribution to the organisation’s strategy
  • how the nominee has impacted on the financial success of the company
  • how the nominee maintains high ethical standards and shows good corporate governance
  • any challenges the nominee has helped overcome since being on the board
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Previous Winners
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2021
Lord Norman Blackwell Lloyds Banking Group PLC

2020
John Allan – Tesco PLC

2019
Sir Anthony Habgood – RELX Group plc

2018
Martin Scicluna – RSA Insurance Group

2017
Richard Baker – Whitbread

2016
Sir Peter Gershon CBE – National Grid

Not–for–Profit/Public Service Organisation

Sponsored by bdo

To be eligible for this category, companies must be a Not for Profit or a Public Service Organisation.
The nominee must have been in their role for at least a year and it is not appropriate for a Trustee(s) to be nominated.
The individual nominee can be a Chairman, Non-Executive Director or Senior-Independent Director but the role must have duties equivalent to those of a PLC board.

The long form (Stage 2) must indicate:

  • how the nominee has made significant contribution to the organisation’s strategy
  • how the nominee has impacted on the financial success of the company
  • how the nominee maintains high ethical standards and shows good corporate governance
  • any challenges the nominee has helped overcome since being on the board
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Previous Winners
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2021
Lord Norman Blackwell Lloyds Banking Group PLC

2020
John Allan – Tesco PLC

2019
Sir Anthony Habgood – RELX Group plc

2018
Martin Scicluna – RSA Insurance Group

2017
Richard Baker – Whitbread

2016
Sir Peter Gershon CBE – National Grid

Dame Helen Alexander 'NED to Watch'

Sponsored by cRANFIELD

This category is open to both male and female nominees.
The Nominee must have up to 5 years' experience.
The Nominee must be a Non-Executive Director not a Chairman or Senior Independent Director.

The long form (Stage 2) must indicate:

  • how the nominee has made significant contribution to the organisation’s strategy
  • how the nominee has impacted on the financial success of the company
  • how the nominee maintains high ethical standards and shows good corporate governance
  • any challenges the nominee has helped overcome since being on the board
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Previous Winners
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2021
Lord Norman Blackwell Lloyds Banking Group PLC

2020
John Allan – Tesco PLC

2019
Sir Anthony Habgood – RELX Group plc

2018
Martin Scicluna – RSA Insurance Group

2017
Richard Baker – Whitbread

2016
Sir Peter Gershon CBE – National Grid

Lifetime Achievement Award

Sponsored by bOUDICCA

This award is nominated and awarded by the judging panel. The recipient of this award will be someone who:

  • Is a well-respected leader who has contributed to the improvement of corporate governance.
  • Has a Character/Style which is special in some way; courageous, visionary, exemplary, respected, refreshingly outspoken, disarming, humble.
  • Has had a major influence with achievements in the Public and Not for Profit sectors.
  • Has a track record of creating value for shareholders and/or transforming companies.
  • Has enhanced reputation of Independent Non-Executive Directors and Boards.
  • Has served as an independent Non-Executive Director/Chair on 3-5 corporate boards.
  • Is distinctive in achievement and impact in terms of diversity, inclusion and supporting the next generation of leaders.
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Previous Winners
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2021
Lord Norman Blackwell Lloyds Banking Group PLC

2020
John Allan – Tesco PLC

2019
Sir Anthony Habgood – RELX Group plc

2018
Martin Scicluna – RSA Insurance Group

2017
Richard Baker – Whitbread

2016
Sir Peter Gershon CBE – National Grid

FTSE 100

Sponsored by Boudicca

To be eligible for this category companies must be in the FTSE100. The individual nominee can be a Chairman, Non-Executive Directors or Senior-Independent Director but the nominee must have been in their role for at least a year (from September 2019). The long form (Stage 2) must indicate:


how the nominee has made significant contribution to the organisation’s strategy
how the nominee has impacted on the financial success of the company
how the nominee maintains high ethical standards and shows good corporate governance
any challenges the nominee has helped overcome since being on the board

FTSE AIM

Sponsored by BDO

To be eligible for this category companies must be quoted on the FTSE AIM. The individual nominee can be a Chairman, Non-Executive Directors or Senior-Independent Director but the nominee must have been in their role for at least a year (from September 2019). The long form (Stage 2) must indicate:


how the nominee has made significant contribution to the organisation’s strategy
how the nominee has impacted on the financial success of the company
how the nominee maintains high ethical standards and shows good corporate governance
any challenges the nominee has helped overcome since being on the board

Not–for–Profit/Public Service Organisation

Sponsored by Cranfield University

To be eligible for this category, companies must be a Not for Profit or a Public Service Organisation. The nominee must have been in their role for at least a year and it is not appropriate for a Trustee(s) to be nominated. The individual nominee can be a Chairman, Non-Executive Director or Senior-Independent Director but the role must have duties equivalent to those of a PLC board. The long form (Stage 2) must indicate:

how the nominee has made significant contribution to the organisation’s strategy
how the nominee has impacted on the financial success of the company
how the nominee maintains high ethical standards and shows good corporate governance
any challenges the nominee has helped overcome since being on the board

FTSE All Share

Sponsored by CMS

To be eligible for this category companies must be quoted on the Main Market but not be a constituent of the FTSE 100. The individual nominee can be a Chairman, Non-Executive Directors or Senior-Independent Director but the nominee must have been in their role for at least a year (from September 2019). The long form (Stage 2) must indicate:

how the nominee has made significant contribution to the organisation’s strategy 
how the nominee has impacted on the financial success of the company 
how the nominee maintains high ethical standards and shows good corporate governance 
any challenges the nominee has helped overcome since being
on the board

Private/Private Equity Backed

Sponsored by Edelman

To be eligible for this category companies must be a private or private equity backed company. The individual nominee can be a Chairman, Non-Executive Directors or Senior-Independent Director but the nominee must have been in their role for at least a year (from September 2019). The longform (Stage 2) must indicate:

how the nominee has made significant contribution to the organisation’s strategy
how the nominee has impacted on the financial success of the company
how the nominee maintains high ethical standards and shows good corporate governance
any challenges the nominee has helped overcome since beingon the board

Dame Helen Alexander 'NED to Watch'

Sponsored by Audeliss

This category is open to both male and female nominees. The Nominee must have up to 5 years' experience. The Nominee must be a Non-Executive Director not a Chairman or Senior Independent Director. 
The long form (Stage 2) must indicate: 
how the nominee has made significant contribution to the organisation’s strategy
how the nominee has impacted on the financial success of the company
how the nominee maintains high ethical standards and shows good corporate governance
any challenges the nominee has helped overcome since being on the board 

Lifetime Achievement Award

Sponsored by A&M

This award is nominated and awarded by the judging panel. The recipient of this award will be someone who:
Is a well-respected leader who has contributed to the improvement of corporate governance.
Has a Character/Style which is special in some way; courageous, visionary, exemplary, respected, refreshingly outspoken, disarming, humble.
Has had a major influence with achievements in the Public and Not for Profit sectors.
Has a track record of creating value for shareholders and/or transforming companies.
Has enhanced reputation of Independent Non-Executive Directors and Boards.
Has served as an independent Non-Executive Director/Chair on3-5 corporate boards.
Is distinctive in achievement and impact in terms of diversity, inclusion and supporting the next generation of leaders.

To be eligible for this category companies must be in the FTSE100. The individual nominee can be a Chairman, Non-Executive Directors or Senior-Independent Director but the nominee must have been in their role for at least a year (from September 2019). The long form (Stage 2) must indicate:

FTSE All Share

To be eligible for this category companies must be quoted on the Main Market but not be a constituent of the FTSE 100. The individual nominee can be a Chairman, Non-Executive Directors or Senior-Independent Director but the nominee must have been in their role for at least a year (from September 2019). The long form (Stage 2) must indicate:

  • how the nominee has made significant contribution to the organisation’s strategy
  • how the nominee has impacted on the financial success of the company
  • how the nominee maintains high ethical standards and shows good corporate governance
  • any challenges the nominee has helped overcome since being on the board

FTSE AIM

To be eligible for this category companies must be quoted on the FTSE AIM. The individual nominee can be a Chairman, Non-Executive Directors or Senior-Independent Director but the nominee must have been in their role for at least a year (from September 2019). The long form (Stage 2) must indicate:

  • how the nominee has made significant contribution to the organisation’s strategy
  • how the nominee has impacted on the financial success of the company
  • how the nominee maintains high ethical standards and shows good corporate governance
  • any challenges the nominee has helped overcome since being on the board

Private/Private Equity Backed

To be eligible for this category companies must be a private or private equity backed company. The individual nominee can be a Chairman, Non-Executive Directors or Senior-Independent Director but the nominee must have been in their role for at least a year (from September 2019). The long form (Stage 2) must indicate:

  • how the nominee has made significant contribution to the organisation’s strategy
  • how the nominee has impacted on the financial success of the company
  • how the nominee maintains high ethical standards and shows good corporate governance
  • any challenges the nominee has helped overcome since being on the board

Not–for–Profit/Public Service Organisation

To be eligible for this category, companies must be a Not for Profit or a Public Service Organisation.
The nominee must have been in their role for at least a year and it is not appropriate for a Trustee(s) to be nominated.
The individual nominee can be a Chairman, Non-Executive Director or Senior-Independent Director but the role must have duties equivalent to those of a PLC board.

The long form (Stage 2) must indicate:

  • how the nominee has made significant contribution to the organisation’s strategy
  • how the nominee has impacted on the financial success of the company
  • how the nominee maintains high ethical standards and shows good corporate governance
  • any challenges the nominee has helped overcome since being on the board

Dame Helen Alexander 'NED to Watch'

This category is open to both male and female nominees.
The Nominee must have up to 5 years' experience.
The Nominee must be a Non-Executive Director not a Chairman or Senior Independent Director.

The long form (Stage 2) must indicate:

  • how the nominee has made significant contribution to the organisation’s strategy
  • how the nominee has impacted on the financial success of the company
  • how the nominee maintains high ethical standards and shows good corporate governance
  • any challenges the nominee has helped overcome since being on the board

Lifetime Achievement Award

This award is nominated and awarded by the judging panel. The recipient of this award will be someone who:

  • Is a well-respected leader who has contributed to the improvement of corporate governance.
  • Has a Character/Style which is special in some way; courageous, visionary, exemplary, respected, refreshingly outspoken, disarming, humble.
  • Has had a major influence with achievements in the Public and Not for Profit sectors.
  • Has a track record of creating value for shareholders and/or transforming companies.
  • Has enhanced reputation of Independent Non-Executive Directors and Boards.
  • Has served as an independent Non-Executive Director/Chair on 3-5 corporate boards.
  • Is distinctive in achievement and impact in terms of diversity, inclusion and supporting the next generation of leaders.

Judges

Our eminent panel of judges come from a variety of sectors, including the Not-for-Profit sector.

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Judging Process

Fill in the nomination form

5 minutes to complete
Anyone who knows a NED is eligible to nominate

Long Form

Board member is contacted to complete the long form
3 questions to complete

Shortlist

Nominations are processed by 2 professors from the judging panel and a shortlist of 5 in each category is confirmed

Judges Interviews

Each nominee on the shortlist is interviewed by one of the judges

Judges Meeting

Judges come together to discuss the shortlist and the winners are decided by an anonymous voting system

Judges

Our eminent panel of judges come from a variety of sectors. The 2022 NED Awards will be chaired by Paul Drechsler CBE; previous Chairs include Baroness Hogg, Sir John Parker, Dame Helen Alexander and most recently Sir Roger Carr.

Paul Drechsler CBE

Chair, NED Awards

PROFILE

John Allan CBE

Tesco plc

PROFILE

Sophie Chandauka

Meta

PROFILE

Sheryl Cuisia

Boudicca from Equiniti

PROFILE

Iain Dey

Edelman

PROFILE

Prof. Victor Dulewicz

Henley Business School

PROFILE

Graham Durgan

NEDA

PROFILE

Eliza Manningham-Buller

PROFILE

Patrick Evershed CBE

PROFILE

Steven Fine

Peel Hunt

PROFILE

Fiona Hathorn

Women on Boards UK

PROFILE

Dame Vivian Hunt

McKinsey & Company

PROFILE

Ninder Johal DL

The Nachural Group

PROFILE

Scott Knight

BDO

PROFILE

Patrice McDonald

SimCorp & TD Bank

PROFILE

Malcolm McKenzie

Alvarez & Marsal

PROFILE

Anne Richards

Fidelity International

PROFILE

Suki Sandhu OBE

Audeliss Executive Search

PROFILE

Hilary Sears

Cranfield School of Management

PROFILE

Oliver Shah

The Sunday Times

PROFILE

Alasdair Steele

CMS

PROFILE

Prof. Susan Vinnicombe CBE

Cranfield School of Management

PROFILE

Tim Ward

The Quoted Companies Alliance

PROFILE

Testimonials - 2022 Winners

Ross Graham

Keyword Studios Plc

2022 Winner

FTSE AIM

"Rarely can recognition of the importance of a strong cadre of NEDs been give happier expression. During 2021, Keywords experienced a contiguity of events which would have stretched and stressed a less resilient Board. Brickbats were thrown in our face, including the sudden departure through ill-health of a "hero CEO"; the business didn't just survive but thrived with distinction recording record revenues and profits while the Board was re-shaped - a class CEO was recruited along with 2 exceptional NEDs to complement the existing Directors. So while this cannot be compared to changing the engines of a 747 mid-flight, a major transformation has been achieved while the business continued to flourish”

Dr. Roch Doliveux

Oxford Biomedica Plc

2022 Winner

FTSE All Share

“I am honoured and proud to have received this award. Receiving this award fuels my energy to work alongside an impressive management team and a strong and diverse Board, as we continue expanding Oxford Biomedica, enabling us to positively impact many more lives of people living with severe diseases. I pass on my sincere thanks to my fellow Board members for nominating me, and to the sponsors and judges for their consideration.”

Funmi Adegoke

Melrose Industries Plc

2022 Winner

Dame Helen Alexander 'NED to Watch'

"I am thrilled to have won the Dame Alexander NED to watch award. Congratulations to my fellow nominees and all the winners, and thank you to the NED Awards for the recognition and the platform. I am grateful for the work that Dame Alexander, Sir Hampton and others have done to provide new NEDs like me with the opportunity to serve on great Boards. Particular thanks to the Melrose board, and exceptional group, for their welcome and support"

Helge Lund

BP Plc

2022 Winner

FTSE 100

"It was a big surprise to win, and I’m honoured. I am grateful to the judges and to those who nominated me. I also want to pay tribute to people I have around me at bp – my fellow board members, the leadership, and the 60,000-strong bp team. One of the board’s jobs is to support them, and in tough times they have excelled. I would like to dedicate this award to them.”

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