Lord Norman Blackwell - Lloyds Banking Group PLC
John Allan – Tesco PLC
Sir Anthony Habgood – RELX Group plc
Martin Scicluna – RSA Insurance Group
Richard Baker – Whitbread
Sir Peter Gershon CBE – National Grid
John McFarlane – Aviva
Mike Turner – Babcock International Group
Sir Michael Rake – BT Group
Sir Richard Olver – BAE Systems
Mary Francis – Centrica
Sir Roger Carr – Centrica
Rob Woodward - Blancco Technology Group PLC
David Rasche – GB Group PLC
Richard Last – Gamma Communications plc
Malcolm Diamond – Flowtech Fluidpower
Roger McDowell – Avingtrans
Peter Allen – Clinigen
Tim Mason – Bonmarché
Baroness Ford – May Gurney Integrated Services
James Wallace – Scapa Group
Dr Martin Knight – Imperial Innovations Group
Phil White – Lookers
David Evans – Immunodiagnostics (IDS)
Roger Withers – Playtech
Ishbel Macpherson – Hydrogen Group
John Barnes – La Tasca Group
Steve Holliday - CityFibre Holdings Limited
Irene Dorner – Control Risks
Victoria Raffe – Starling Bank
Vanda Murray OBE – The Manchester Airports Group PLC
Jonathan Milner – SyndicateRoom
Helen King – Vanarama
Antonia Jenkinson – Ocean Safety
Gillian Wilmot – Nisa Retail
Jo Haigh – Imperative Training
Hamdi Conger – Mold-Masters
Colin Smith – Poundland
William Tadden – Capital Solutions Group (CSG)
James Leng – Corus Steel
David Codling – Sinclair Animal & Household Care
Dr Mike Carter – Kudos Pharmaceuticals
Baroness Eliza Manningham-Buller - Wellcome Trust
Bernadette Conroy – Network Homes Ltd
Tony Cohen – Barnardo’s
Hattie Llewelyn-Davies – Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS
Valerie Owen – Swan Housing Association
David Croisdale-Appleby OBE – Dementia UK
Lady Barbara Judge CBE – Pension Protection Fund
Dr Alice Maynard - Scope
Elizabeth Padmore – Hampshire Hospital NHSFT
Ian Church – Central Surrey Heath (NHS)
Barbara Scott – Bexley NHS Trust
Ken Olisa – Thames Reach
Sir Andrew Likierman – Tavistock and Portman NHSFT
Peter Ballard – University of Cumbria
Mike Gahir - Steps to Work
Page Nyame-Satterthwaite – National Children’s Bureau
Dianne Walker – BAKO North Western Group Ltd
Jacqui Ferguson – John Wood Group
Sir Donald Brydon CBE
Dame Alison Carnwath
Sir Roger Carr
Sir Peter Middleton
Baroness Sarah Hogg
Sir Win Bischoff
Sir John Parker
Sir John Buchanan – Vodafone, BHP Billiton
Lord Robert Smith – The Weir Group
Richard Olver – BAE Systems
Mary Francis – Centrica
Roger Carr – Centrica
James Leng – Corus Steel
Sir John Parker – National Grid
Dr Mike Carter – Kudos Pharmaceuticals
Lord Robert Smith – The Weir Group
Richard Olver – BAE Systems
Mary Francis – Centrica
Roger Carr – Centrica
James Leng – Corus Steel
Sir John Parker – National Grid
Dr Mike Carter – Kudos Pharmaceuticals
Lloyds Banking Group plc
“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.”
“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.”
Blancco Technology Group plc
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
GB Group Plc
"I was surprised and delighted to be recognised in the 2020 NED awards, as Non Exec Directors are not normally in the limelight. They shouldn’t be, as they are there to provide balance and experience, a foil and challenge to the Executives to help improve strategy and performance. As a chairman, it isn’t really you as an individual who are successful, but the board and executive team who gel to deliver special performance. I am proud to have been the chairman of excellent boards and executive teams at GB Group over the last nine years and helping them deliver really strong returns for shareholders whilst providing a great culture for employees and customers."
"It was a surprise and an honour to receive the award. The role of the Non-Executive Director has always been important (possibly even more so in these times of uncertainty)and yet not entirely understood. These awards are an opportunity to raise awareness. I must say that the biggest impact was on my company, Control Risks, who were all extremely excited to be recognised which is as it should be in a team effort."
Network Homes Ltd
"I am incredibly honored to have received this award. Whilst it is given on an individual basis, I am very much aware that this achievement is only made possible by the amazing people that I am able to work with. My thanks to all the sponsors who shine a spotlight on the work of Boards across the country, celebrating the role of Non Executives from all sectors."
National Children’s Bureau
"Dame Helen's career illustrated the powerful contributions that can be made in Non-Executive roles. It is an honour to receive the Dame Helen Alexander NED to Watch Award created in her legacy. As the youngest winner amongst excellent nominees, I greatly appreciate the recognition of my contributions as a NED. What I have been able to do is thanks to the support I have received from my fellow board members at the National Children's Bureau, who have consistently encouraged young governance. I am grateful to the judging panel for placing their confidence in my efforts so far. The 'One to Watch' spirit of the award is something I will be conscious of as I continue my future as a NED. Thank you to Peel Hunt, the Sunday Times and Edelman for supporting this celebration of non-executive directorship. Your commitment to valuing NEDs was evident from discussions at the Awards Evening - thank you for putting a spotlight on our work."
"NEDs play a vital role in the eco-structure of company ownership and management and it is brilliant that I and the Greggs Board have been recognised with this award. It reflects the effectiveness of the board and its contribution to the success of the business in recent years."
"I was simply delighted and humbled that I was selected for this award. Thank you to the judges and sponsors"
RELX Group plc
"Thank you Peel Hunt, the Sunday Times and other sponsors for putting on an excellent evening celebrating achievement in British boardrooms. Thank you too to the judges for giving their time to this important event. And congratulations to all the participants who were nominated as a result of their significant contributions to corporate success."
AVEVA Group plc
"I am very proud to have received this award and would like to thank the sponsors and judges for their consideration. The role of a NED is challenging and to be recognised by one’s peers is very satisfying. My thanks to my fellow Directors for their support."
"I’m absolutely delighted to have won this award. My thanks to Peel Hunt, The Sunday Times, all the other sponsors and to the Panel for encouraging, promoting and celebrating the fantastic work of NEDs every year. And my special thanks to Starling Bank for nominating me. It’s easy to look good against the backdrop of Starling’s amazing achievements, and those of everyone who works there."
“It was an honour to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award and a pleasure to see the continued success of the event in an environment where the need for first class non-executives has never been greater. It remains a contest where, in each sector, entries are numerous, judging is rigorous and winning tremendous. Long may it continue with the invaluable backing of great sponsors and The Sunday Times.”
"I’m very honoured to win the NED award for the-not-for-profit/public service sector this year. It’s recognition of the Barnardo’s Board and executive team’s determination to ensure the charity delivers its mission - to transform the lives of the UK’s most vulnerable children and young people. The Peel Hunt Sunday Times awards are a powerful way of celebrating governance and the work all non-execs - who are mostly volunteers in the charity sector - do to ensure the success of their organisations."
Bako NW Group
"It was an absolute pleasure and honour to be short-listed alongside such talented people, and then to actually win the Dame Helen Alexander Award. Often the role of a NED is to provide constructive but robust challenge to boards, and it is a tribute to my fellow directors that they are receptive and responsive to an independent view. Many thanks to Peel Hunt, The Sunday Times and, of course, Edelman, for their sponsorship. Dame Helen’s legacy is a blueprint for all NEDs and, of course, for women in particular; I look forward to building upon my NED career with that in mind."
“I am honoured to be among the distinguished winners this award. And thank you to Peel Hunt, the Sunday Times, and the others involved, for gathering the information and presenting it so efficiently. It was a very good evening.”
Chairman, RSA Insurance Group
“Congratulations to all the participants in the Non-Executive Awards. Each year a large number of us are nominated for one of these Awards, which confirms the high quality of people engaged in our Boardrooms. Thank you, Peel Hunt, the Sunday Times and other sponsors."
Chairman, The Manchester Airports Group plc
“To be recognised by your peers is a huge accolade and I am honoured to receive this award. As a Non-Executive Director I have always tried to balance the needs of all stakeholders. Of course, a business needs to be strong, growing and profitable, but should also be conscious of its impact on all the communities it serves: employees, customers, suppliers, environment, etc.
These awards highlight the critical work done by NEDs and the important contributions we make”
Chairman, Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS
“I am incredibly honoured to win this award at the Peel Hunt Sunday Times non-executive director awards. The award is a testament to the fantastic work of all the staff and my fellow board members of Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust; they are the ones who have truly made a difference to patient care over the past three years and I am proud to work alongside them.
I am also delighted that the work of non-executives in the public sector is recognised and appreciated through the NED awards. People are often completely unaware of the impact of Boards have on healthcare provision and other services."
Chairman, Flowtech Fluidpower
“Having never attended this event before, I was really impressed with the scale and quality of it, and at such a prestigious venue too. Being nominated was an honour, and to win an amazing surprise, to the extent that I will make sure I support the sponsors next year and beyond."
Chairman, Huntsworth plc
“I was surprised and delighted to win my award at this year’s NED Awards. Non Executives in my mind undertake their role, mostly discreetly, as part of a support team to achieve excellence for the company, its stakeholders and shareholders. This event is becoming a significant occasion to recognise and celebrate the contribution of good Non Executives and their contribution to a Board. In winning the award I hope it has the benefit of re-enforcing the value of an external and independent person working to the shareholders and companies best interests and by the recognition awarded through this competition it is a very valued way of success for those in this role. I would like to thank all of the sponsors for making these awards possible and hope it encourages many more into the role of a non executive director and achieving excellence in that role.”
"I’m overwhelmed! These awards are truly a roll of honour on which I’m so very, very proud to have been inscribed.”
Chairman, Swan Housing Association
“I was delighted to be shortlisted for the 2017 Sunday Times Non-Executive Director of the Year Awards, and was even more delighted, and deeply honoured, to win!
Non-Executive directors have a key role in setting the strategic direction of a company; holding the executives to account for delivery; managing risk effectively, and in ensuring good governance. But for me, one of the most important roles for any Board is setting the values, culture and tone of the organization it leads. As Chair of Swan Housing Association, I know that winning this Award reflects the excellence of the entire Board and senior executive team, and I am proud to serve with them.
Many thanks to those who nominated me for the 2017 Sunday Times Non-Executive Director of the Year Awards, as well as to the judging panel and sponsors, for providing this opportunity for Non-Executive Directors to be recognized for their invaluable contribution towards making UK businesses such a success.”
Non-Executive Director, SyndicateRoom
“Thank you to Peel Hunt and the other sponsors for hosting these awards and it was a great evening. I was delighted to win this award but also the award recognises the incredible Executive team, Chairman and other NEDS at Syndicate Room who are amongst the most talented, fun and entrepreneurial people I know and without which, the Board would be nowhere near as effective. Special thanks goes to our CEO Goncalo de Vasconcelos for sponsoring me and being such an inspirational leader."
Chairman, Avingtrans plc
“I’ve long been a supporter of the NED awards programme as the means of recognising the contribution – often behind the scenes- of Non-Executives to all manner of organisations. I was personally delighted to be nominated and humbled to be selected. Of course the real work is done by the team as a whole- I’m just an enabler."
Chairman, Anglo American
“I was humbled by my Lifetime Achievement Award and thank you to the Judges for the confidence you placed in me. Thank you also for the leadership of Peel Hunt in progressing thousands to the prestige positions they occupy today.”
“I was delighted to win the NED for an AIM listed company award as chairman of Bonmarché. It was a very big and impressive event at Claridges with high quality sponsors including the Sunday Times who did a very nice job covering the awards. I think this event plays a helpful part in causing us to think about the role of the NED and what makes a good one.”
Chairman, Pension Protection Fund
“I am proud and honoured to have received this important award, but it is not mine alone. The success of the Pension Protection Fund is a collective achievement. We have an excellent CEO, as well as excellent executive and non-executive directors, and we all work as a team.
“I am proud and honoured to have received this important award, but it is not mine alone. The success of the Pension Protection Fund is a collective achievement. We have an excellent CEO, as well as excellent executive and non-executive directors, and we all work as a team.I would like to applaud the Sunday Times for recognising the importance of non-executive directors in connection with the success of the company on whose board they serve. Their importance cannot be overstated at this crucial moment in time.”
Non-Executive Director, Ocean Safety
“To win a NED award is an incredible honour. I have long felt inspired by members of the judging panel and my fellow finalists so I feel particularly proud to be recognised in this way. I would like to encourage as many execs as possible to combine their role with a NED role as it is one of the most satisfying and fulfilling aspects of my career."
Chairman, Babcock International Group
“I was delighted to receive the award on behalf of the Babcock team, led by Peter Rogers. It is a testament to what they have achieved over recent years.”
“I was amazed and delighted to be a finalist in the NED awards. I didn’t for a moment think I would win as I was amongst such illustrious competition. When I heard my name, I couldn’t quite believe it!
It was a wonderful evening meeting lots of interesting people, and it gave me a real sense of optimism about the future of good governance across all sectors.
It’s a huge privilege anyway to do the job that I do. I love every minute, and to win an award like this for something I love seems almost unfair. I know that I wouldn’t be able to deliver as I do, though, without a really excellent Board and Executive team alongside me, so this award is for them too – but I’m still going to keep it on my windowsill!”
Chairman, May Gurney Integrated Services
“I am delighted to receive this award in the AIM category and in thanking the sponsors, I would like to say that I regard it as recognition for the whole Board of May Gurney. The work we did to restore value was a genuine team effort and demonstrated to me how an experienced Board can deliver a powerful result when faced with a very difficult period in the business. We had patient, loyal shareholders and top class advisers who enabled us to deliver the right result for our shareholders, staff and customers.”
Non-Executive Director, Nisa Retail
“I’m enormously proud and honoured to be recognised with this Award. The growing number of women in the Boardroom as Chairmen, NEDs and Executive Directors are making an important and positive contribution to business performance and governance.
It is great that more women and more NED’s with a marketing and commercial background are adding value to Boards and being recognised for their contribution.
It was wonderful to be nominated by my colleagues at NISA where we have made tremendous progress in strategy, leadership and governance.
Given the high calibre of the short list I was both amazed and delighted to win this award and to read the Judges citation.”
Chairman, BT Group
“I was greatly surprised and honoured to be nominated as NED of the year in the FTSE 100 category in 2013. It has never been more important to raise the awareness of the importance of corporate governance, particularly as we move out of 5 years of recession and business reputation has probably never been so poor. These awards are a way of underlining and recognising the skills and attributes needed to be an effective NED in today’s world.”
Chairman, Hampshire Hospital NHSFT
“While it may be accepted that non executive directors have an important role to play – using challenge and diplomacy to steer organisations in the right direction – it is not often publicly recognised. These awards celebrate what might be seen by many as an increasingly risky and thankless task. Personally it is a role I really enjoy and it was absolutely wonderful to be recognised in this way by my colleagues in HHFT. Quite the best surprise I have had!”
Non-Executive Director, Scapa Group
“Obviously I would like to thank Peel Hunt, all the other sponsors, judges, the Executive and Non Executive directors of Scapa. I am also apologetic for being unable to attend the ceremony last year in person to collect the award but it will be treasured by me for what it signifies. Successful NED’s develop a very different skill set than which they used in their business career. They have to learn to trust the executives and let them run the business on a day to day basis with input that will not always be followed. Once again thanks to all and I hope the award has many years to run as a recognition of what the NED’s bring to business and its success.”
Chairman, Weir Group
“Being recognised in the NED Awards is a fantastic achievement in its own right, but to be awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award, particularly in its inaugural year, is pretty special. I believe my talent is to bring both a fresh eye to each role I’ve undertaken and as time has gone on, the benefit of experience built up from witnessing good and bad thinking first hand across a great variety of situations. The devil is in the detail, however, so perhaps my talent really lies in the fact I am still an accountant at heart! The organisers do a great job in pulling together a fantastic evening and the awards are a great opportunity to celebrate British business. I would like to thank all of the sponsors and judges who made this event possible, and for selecting me to receive this very special award”
Chairman, BAE Systems plc
“Being selected as the Peel Hunt Non-Executive Director of the Year was a great honour as it is always special to be recognized by your peers. In fact, it was a tremendous privilege simply to be short listed alongside other industrialists and past winners for whom I have such a high level of respect.
After having the opportunity to recognize and celebrate the tremendous accomplishments of my fellow nominees throughout the evening of the awards ceremony, I can honestly say the last thing I expected was to hear my name called out!
The night itself was a brilliant opportunity to celebrate the collective accomplishments of the whole of UK plc. Together, we’ve made great strides; from corporate responsibility, to diversity on boards, to transparency, to ethical leadership. And no doubt the list goes on. But there’s still more to be done… And that’s a challenge I look forward to tackling alongside all of the incredibly esteemed colleagues with whom I shared such a wonderful evening.
I firmly believe it’s important to note that in today’s modern world, very few things happen entirely of our own accord. As a result, the best lens through which to view any accomplishment is frequently the one with the widest aperture, thereby also bringing into focus the teams with which we surround ourselves. With that in mind, I would be remiss were I not to recognize my fellow NEDs and the outstanding executive team at BAE Systems. Without their support, hard work and dedication, I can assure you; this recognition would not have been possible.
I would also like to thank Peel Hunt and all of the sponsors and judges who made this event possible, both for the recognition itself, but also, and much more importantly, for the energy it delivers to the non-executive community as a whole.”
Chairman, Imperial Innovations Group plc
“I was very pleased to be short listed for the NED award and I was extremely gratified to have been nominated as the winner. The event was well organised and the turnout and the attention it received was well deserved.”
Non-Executive Director, Oxford Instruments
“When I regionally heard that I had been proposed for the Award I didn’t pay much attention. It came more into focus when I met with and was interviewed by Peter Lever of Heidrick and Struggles. Prior to this I did not really mind about the outcome. However when I was told that I had been shortlisted I really did not want to come second (or for that matter third)!
The reporter from the Sunday Times did a really good job in the telephone interview and it was good to meet her on the evening of the Award Ceremony itself. Her written piece in the paper was good and reflected the things we had talked about (which is not always the case with the Press). The photographer came to my office to take some shots and that rather gave the game away as he told me that he only visited the winners! This was of course great news and made the evening of the Ceremony itself very enjoyable. It was good to meet many old friends at the very well managed event. I met one person who had been the FD in the first management buyout I was ever involved in which was in 1980!
The amazing thing was that so many people saw the report in the Sunday Times and I had contacts coming back to me from around the world!
A very good happening thank you very much for including me and I am so glad I won!”
“I was very pleasantly surprised to be appointed for the NED award, it was completely unexpected.
As having been a Chairman of many successful multi-national companies over the last 10 years, ones role is behind the scenes steering of the Board/management teams to create significant shareholder value, utilising the experience and wisdom gained from many years working in industry across the world.
I have always enjoyed the role of a serial Chairman and found it challenging, stimulating and sometimes frustrating , and to have won the award gives me a great sense of pride and recognition for the hard work done over the years.
I will never forget the great feeling coupled with nervousness while walking up the steps to collect the NED award.
I am grateful to the panel for nominating me and to my shareholders/boards for their valued support.”
Chairman, Central Surrey Health Ltd
“I was very surprised – but obviously delighted – to hear that colleagues at Central Surrey Health had nominated me for the NED Awards. However, with a lengthy selection process that included short-listing, a telephone interview and final deliberations by a high profile judging panel, I was even more surprised to win the not-for-profit category. Whilst acknowledging that the award is made to an individual, in reality it is recognition of the efforts of the entire team at Central Surrey Health – the first large scale social enterprise operating in the NHS. We only started operations in 2006, and I know that awards such as this give a huge boost to a developing organisation.
It was particularly gratifying that the photo included in the Sunday Times highlighted the contribution of the front-line nursing staff – for it is their day-to-day contribution that makes the business a success.
The other point to make is the brilliant way in which Peel Hunt & the Sunday Times organised both the selection process and the Awards event – from the initial contact through various emails and phone calls everybody was really helpful and a delight to deal with.
Finally, I would encourage execs in the not-for-profit & charity sectors to nominate the non-execs they feel have been especially supportive in the last year. For most of us, it has been a challenging period, and I am sure there are many non-execs who have made significant contributions in difficult circumstances – they deserve to be recognised!”
Senior Independent Director, Centrica plc
“I’m the first woman, and one of the few SIDs, to have won the Overall Winner category at the NED Awards. It was a great honour and a tribute to Centrica plc which nominated me.”
Non-Executive Director, Bexley NHS Trust
“Being short listed for the Peel Hunt Non-Executive Director of the Years Awards was a humbling experience. When you are working towards a shared goal on a board, you are not thinking about winning awards or acclaim, your passion is directed at achieving the desired results.
When my name was announced as the winner, I was shocked. I remember looking around the room and being amazed at the extremely high calibre of talent and experience of all those present and felt humbled.
To this day, I look at the award and the collaboration of sponsors and feel truly honoured that those esteemed judges saw the value in the work of my board.
I thank those who nominated me, I thank the Judging panel and mostly I thank Peel Hunt, for providing this opportunity to shine a light on hard working Non-Executives, whose work otherwise goes virtually unnoticed”.
Non-Executive Director, IS Pharma
“When I knew that I had been nominated for an NED Award my immediate feelings were ones of surprise and pleasure. The dominant feeling at the time was of pleasure, because nomination comes from your colleagues and it is very gratifying to know those you work with closely value your input. However, the feeling of surprise increased significantly when the shortlist was announced and I appreciated that I had been independently judged alongside my peers and come out positively. Realising the calibre of those others selected on the shortlist, I was delighted simply to have been included, so when, on the night of the awards, I was announced as the winner of the AIM NED of the Year, my feeling was one of amazement. Subsequently I have come to appreciate the true value of this award and would encourage all Executive Directors on successful Boards to consider nominating those NEDs they work with and who they believe make significant contributions the success of their businesses.”