Celebrating excellence

Individuals, teams and companies from around the globe who have delivered an outstanding performance in business were commended at the CIMA Annual Awards recently.

More than 350 guests attended the prestigious ceremony, held at the Lancaster Hotel, London, to honour those involved in promoting the profession and celebrate the CIMA Annual Awards’ 10th anniversary.

The night began with a champagne reception, followed by dinner, and was hosted by writer, presenter and broadcaster Sue Perkins.

Speaking at the event, CIMA President Harold Baird said: “I would like to congratulate the award winners and commend all finalists for their commitment, innovation and dedication to delivering results that promote and develop the management accounting profession.

“The CIMA Annual Awards acknowledge the successes of first-class chartered management accountants and those who support them throughout their careers. It is enormously rewarding to see how the CIMA qualification has facilitated such a high degree of excellence.”

We set out all the winners and those highly commended in each category. For more information, visit www.cimaglobal.com/en-gb/Events-and-cpd-courses/CIMA-annual-awards-2011/Winners-2011.

Distance learning student of the year, sponsored by CIMA publishing
Winner – Maria Moto, Terence Murray and Associates, South Africa
The judges were looking for a student who has not only demonstrated commitment, motivation and discipline in achieving their CIMA studies, but who has done it entirely through our self-learning programme. Maria displayed a truly impressive illustration of her determination to study.

Part qualified student of the year
Winner – Sarah Griffiths, Deloitte, UK

Sarah demonstrated an impressive ability to add value while working on secondment at LOCOG, the organisation responsible for this year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games, while she was studying for her CIMA qualification and remotely managing Deloitte’s CIMA training programme.
Highly commended – Alina Favre, finance analyst, Procter & Gamble, and Charles Wedderburn, finance executive, Tesco Stores.

Case study success award
Winner – Charlotte Wardell

This award was presented to the CIMA student who gained the highest mark of all students who took the T4 Part B case study and its predecessor paper, TOPCIMA, taken in the exam diets from September 2010 to May 2011.

Tutor of the year
Winner – Anthony Komedera, BPP Business School, UK

Anthony’s range of teaching techniques includes role-play, analysis of post-exam guidance, tailored advice for individual students and personal email messages at key milestones during their studies. In the November 2010 diet for T4, Anthony taught three of the top ten placed students in the world.
Highly commended – MMM Tariq, managing director, the Academy of Management Education, Sri Lanka.

Inspirational CIMA story of the year
Winner – Saima Batool Zaidi, consultant accountant, DSKI JV, Iran

The judges were impressed with Saima’s extraordinary efforts and persistence. She has fought against and overcame social pressures and gender barriers throughout her professional career to achieve her qualification.
Highly commended – Akila Gunarathna, Sri Lanka and David Parker, Isle of Man.

Businesswoman of the year sponsored by Financial Management
Winner – Priscilla Mutembwa, managing director, Cargill Zimbabwe

Priscilla is a highly-motivated, prudent and socially-conscious business leader in an industry dominated by men. During her time at Cargill, she has nurtured professionalism, ensured buy-in from her staff and actively encouraged women to move into the workplace. Moreover, her financial acumen has meant that Cargill Zimbabwe has managed to post profits, despite the current economic hardship in the country.
Highly commended – Chantal Henderson, head of financial planning, Deloitte.

Consultant of the year
Winner – Mohammed Ali Azeem, senior consultant, Millward Brown Optimor, UK

Mohammed was part of a project team that was brought together to help a major adhesives firm reduce the number of brands in its portfolio. He developed complex financial modelling to determine the cuts, and then provided specialist advice to the client on the possible financial impact.

Innovation in business, sponsored by Seven
Winner – Decision Support team, EDF Energy, UK

The team came up with a highly innovative piece of work which evaluated the net product value of different customer acquisition channels. This completely new form of analysis challenged the business strategy and direction of the company and is now integral to its sales strategy and planning processes.
Highly commended – Track access billing team, Network Rail.

Business partner of the year
Winner – Commercial finance team, AstraZeneca, UK

The winning finance team provided the best example of “business partnering” by presenting themselves to the company as business partners who could provide greater value than previously appreciated. As a result, the team now work alongside the global sales and marketing division to provide fresh insights into the company’s commercial strategy review.

Finance team of the year – less than 5,000 employees
Winner – Group finance team, Hallmark Cards plc, UK

The team was tasked with generating funds for a new strategy by focusing on tighter working capital and cash management. Excellent communication with the rest of the company and the development of new ideas ensured the team achieved impressive cost reductions.
Highly commended – Finance team, Hemas Holdings, Sri Lanka

Finance team of the year – more than 5,000 employees
Winner – Business Services team, Marks & Spencer plc, UK

The team worked with confidence, credibility and excellent communication to move the company’s finance shared service centre (employing 70 people) to a business service centre (employing 130 people), and the team also took on a broader set of responsibilities.
Highly commended – Cash management team, Jaguar Land Rover

Unlocking business intelligence, sponsored by EiL
Winner – Protection commercial team, Legal & General

The team successfully undertook a project to unlock customer information in order to improve productivity, customer service and profitability. The team’s innovation and tenacity led to a significant improvement in their organisation’s performance.
Highly commended – Finance team, Customer Service Direct.

Large employer of the year – more than 5,000 employees sponsored by Hays Senior Finance
Winner – NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement

One of CIMA’s key themes is the development of management accountants as business partners. NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement’s training scheme fully embraces this concept. Its graduates are not accountants; they are trained to work collaboratively, engage employees, be technically competent, champion cultural change and lead reform in the NHS at a time of great change.

Recruitment consultancy of the year, sponsored by CIMA My Jobs
Winner – Reed Finance

Not only does Reed Finance team place hundreds of CIMA candidates each year, but it provides CIMA tuition courses and free training courses for placed CIMA candidates. For the second year running, Reed has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to the employability of CIMA students and members.

Outstanding contribution to business performance by a CIMA member Winner – Sir Alec Reed CBE
This award is the highest accolade of the CIMA Annual Awards and celebrates a senior CIMA member who has consistently contributed to, and promoted, the highest standards of management accounting throughout their career. Sir Alec Reed has delivered an outstanding performance in business and personal leadership to achieve outstanding strategic and financial success.

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