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

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 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

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 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

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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 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
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

Chairman, NED Awards

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John Allan CBE

Tesco plc

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Sophie Chandauka

Morgan Stanley

PROFILE

Sheryl Cuisia

Boudicca from Equiniti

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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

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Prof. Susan Vinnicombe CBE

Cranfield School of Management

PROFILE

Tim Ward

The Quoted Companies Alliance

PROFILE

Testimonials - 2021 Winners

Rob Woodward

Blancco Technology Group plc

2021 Winner

FTSE AIM

“NEDs play a pivotal role in overseeing the success of companies. They provide challenge and support to the executive and are always there maintaining a steady hand on the governance tiller. Blancco as a UK listed global technology company is on an exciting growth journey after coming through a particularly challenging period. Our ESG credentials are stand out and it is brilliant that I and the Blancco Board have been recognised with this award. It reflects the outstanding work of the Board and Executive team.”

Lord Blackwell

Lloyds Banking Group plc

2021 Winner

FTSE 100

“It was a great honour and very humbling to receive this tremendous award. I believe Non-Executive Directors have an important proactive role in helping the Executive team and wider organisation to succeed, so I see this award as a recognition for the whole Board at Lloyds Banking Group whose achievements I had the privilege to chair and share. I am particularly proud of the way the Group has developed its strategy within a clear purpose that recognises its important role in society – something which I believe all Non-Executives and Boards increasingly need to focus on. Thank you to Peel Hunt, The Sunday Times and the other great sponsors for making this event possible.”

Barry Gibson

HomeServe plc

2021 Winner

FTSE All Share

“I am honoured and delighted to receive this award, which is a wonderful finale to my time as Chairman of HomeServe. I want to pay tribute to Yorkshire entrepreneur Richard Harpin and the HomeServe team. They have accomplished great things, and will continue to do so. I will continue to champion employees and customers in my new role at Entain, and look forward to seeing the governance of UK plc go from strength to strength as its leadership becomes more diverse and inclusive.”

Baroness Eliza Manningham-Buller

Wellcome Trust

2021 Winner

Not-for-Profit/Public Service Organisation

“I was honoured to be recognised by this award and am grateful to my colleagues at Wellcome for nominating me. It comes at the end of my time at Wellcome, first as a trustee then as chair, and compensates for my sadness at leaving such a wonderful organisation that does so much good in the world.”

Sir Donald Brydon

2021 Winner

Lifetime Achievement

“What an honour to be presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the judges at NED Awards. I have been privileged to work with many outstanding NEDs in many companies and find it humbling to be singled out in this way. It vindicates a mindset to do the right thing, set the right tone and remember that as a NED one is a servant of the shareholders whilst remembering the other stakeholders’ interests. There is no job definition for a NED but the role demands integrity, judgement, an ability to take calculated risk and control it, and a willingness to leave one’s ego outside. It is a great contribution to our corporate life to have the contribution of NEDs recognised each year by the NED Awards’ team.”

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