Northern Star Business Awards
The Northern Star Business Awards is the Chamber’s annual awards evening which recognises companies around the North-east for exceptional accomplishments across a range of fields, from energy to innovation, customer service to people development.
Nominations for the Northern Star Business Awards are now closed.
Dates for your diary
- Judging: Tuesday May 30
- Finalists Reception: Thursday September 28, 2017 – 4.30-6.30pm, Macdonald Norwood Hall
- Northern Star Business Awards 2017: Thursday October 5, 2017
Interested in being a 2017 sponsor?
If your business is looking to raise their profile in 2017, we have a range of sponsorship opportunities available for next year's awards.
To find out more, read our Sponsorship Proposal.
Thirty-nine finalists joined the 700 guests on September 22 2016 to celebrate excellence and entrepreneurship during the spectacular evening at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre.
Congratulations to all of our 2016 winners and finalists.
To view more images from the evening, visit our image gallery.
"Despite the difficult economic climate, Northern Star entry levels remained high in terms of quantity but most importantly quality, making these awards a true benchmark of business excellence in North-east Scotland."Russell Borthwick, chief executive of the Chamber
Over £5,600 was raised for local charities through the generosity of the guests who attended our 2016 event.
The five charities chosen to benefit from this year's Northern Star Business Awards are:
Befriend a Child provides support to disadvantaged and troubled children growing up across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. We believe every child deserves a happy childhood and the chance to succeed in life. We value resilience and having fun.
The Charlie House vision is that every child with a life-limiting condition in North-east Scotland receives support from the very start of their life journey by enjoying activities, making memories and living life to the full. Because after all, life is precious.
Streetsport is a non-profit ‘prevention, intervention and diversionary tactics initiative’ that provides free of charge sport & creative activity sessions into the communities of Aberdeen that need it the most and actively reduces instances of youth crime and anti-social behaviour.
Inspire PTL (Partnership Through Life) is a local charity which empowers the life choices of hundreds of adults and young people with learning disabilities and additional support needs in the North-east of Scotland.
NSPCC Scotland aims to end cruelty to children. We provide national services such as ChildLine, the UK’s free and confidential 24-hour helpline for children and young people, support from the Northern Star Business Awards go towards funding of our Aberdeen Childline base.
Lifetime Achievement sponsored by Barclays Bank
- Rob Wallen, NESCOL
Achievement in International Business sponsored by Alix Partners
- Churchill Drilling Tools
- Downhole Products
- John Ross Jr Aberdeen - WINNER
Best Campaign of the Year sponsored by Frasermedia
- Aberdeen Festivals
- Korero PR and SMART, in partnership Robert Gordon University (RGU)
- Step Change In Safety - Highly Commended
- Tricker PR - WINNER
- Churchill Drilling Tools
- COREX UK Ltd - WINNER
- Quayside Fabrication - Highly Commended
Commitment to People Development sponsored by Maersk Training
- Richard Irvin Energy Solutions
- Scarf - WINNER
- Swagelok Scotland
Excellence in Customer Service sponsored by James Gibb Residential Factors
- Aberdeen International Airport
- Control Valve Solutions
- Simblox Technologies - Highly Commended
- Thorpe Molloy Recruitment - WINNER
Excellence in Health and Safety sponsored by IOSH
- Aberdeen International Airport
- Sodexo Energy and Resources - WINNER
Outstanding Contribution to Society sponsored by Balmoral Group
- Aberdeen FC Community Trust
- Aberdeen Performing Arts
- Score (Europe) Limited - WINNER
- The Spotty Bag Shop
Outstanding Contribution to the Energy Sector sponsored by Redwave
- FIS Chemicals - WINNER
- Optimus Seventh Generation
- READ Cased Hole
Overall Business of the Year sponsored by Mattioli Woods
- Balmoral Group Holdings - WINNER
- FIS Chemicals
- Hudsons Catering
Rising Star sponsored by Wood Group
- Hutcheon Mearns - Julita Stachowiak
- Mackie's of Scotland - Stuart Common - WINNER
- Sureclean - Mathew Pirie
Student Placement sponsored by Robert Gordon University
- Aberdeenshire Council - WINNER
- Johnston Carmichael
- Marathon Oil
The Green Award sponsored by Aberdeenshire Council and Aberdeen City Council
- Deeside Activity Park - WINNER
- VG Energy
The winner of the final award, for lifetime achievement, is announced on the night.
For information regarding attendance or sponsorship, visitwww.northernstarawards.co.uk, call 01224 343901 or follow #TimeToShine on Twitter.
Meet the panel of judges for this year's Northern Star Business Awards.
Fiona Mann, director of operations and safety, Aberdeen & Exhibition Conference Centre
Fiona has 20 years’ experience in the exhibition and events industry, working for corporate clients in a commercial and competitive environment. She joined AECC in 2002 as event manager then in January 2012 was appointed to the AECC Board.
Key Skills include being extremely organised, enthusiastic, flexible in approach, excellent at multi-tasking, great communicator and focused on delivery. She has client experience, and has engaged in budget control and public safety.
Fiona has an IOSH Certificate in Managing Safely in Exhibition & Events Industry, and a NEBOSH Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety with Distinction.
Jacqueline van den Akker, director, Redwave (Aberdeen) Limited
Jacqueline has been working in the oil, gas and energy Sectors for the last 16 years in Aberdeen and the Netherlands.
With a focus on employment, skills and development for offshore and shore based industrial and energy sectors, Jacqueline is keen to promote the industries to engage and attract talent to the North-east of Scotland.
Judith Thorpe, director, Thorpe Molloy Recruitment Ltd
Judith has worked in Aberdeen for 20 years, 17 as founding director of professional services company and member of the Chamber.
Working with the full spectrum of organisations within Grampian, she is looking forward to using her network for the benefit of Chamber members.
Jason Moir, business development manager, XIC
Over 18 years at XIC and almost 30 years in the Creative Print Trade. Coming up with ideas and generating solutions is what I do best.
I am very passionate about helping people grow their businesses with the help of our very own creative design team and production facility here in Aberdeen and Edinburgh, producing marketing material that drives sales.
John Brebner, director, Brebner Consulting Ltd
In 2016, John established his own consultancy business Brebner Consulting Ltd focusing on business advisory services, targeting a mix of direct Board appointments (executive and non-executive) as well as project based advisory work.
Mark Lappin, director - Government and Universities, The Oil & Gas Technology Centre
Over 30 years of E&P experience across the O&G business.
Having worked for major companies such as ExxonMobil, ConocoPhillips, and Centrica. As well as having managed a small onshore Operator, Mark has held various technical, management and executive roles.
A specialist in onshore Europe natural gas exploration and development.
Mike Naysmith, managing director, CALA Homes
With more than 20 years’ experience in the property and construction industry, Mike began his career as a development control manager for Gordon District Council.
Following a series of land and planning roles for housebuilders through-out Scotland – including seven years as CALA Homes’ land director – Mike was appointed as regional director for CALA Homes (North) in 2010 – a role which saw him reaffirming CALA’s roots in Aberdeen.
Growing the company from strength-to-strength, in 2014 Mike was responsible for the launch of CALA Homes North of Scotland as a separate division and stand-alone entity for the first time since 1996.
Securing new land opportunities, bigger office premises and the right people for the job, Mike brought growth plans for the company to fruition whilst securing CALA Homes’ stance as one of the UK’s most upmarket housebuilders.
As well as managing and progressing some of the most luxurious sites and homes in the North of Scotland, Mike is also a board member for Cash for Kids where he spends time fundraising for the worthy charity.
Morgan Cooper, operations director, James Gibb Residential Factors
As operations director Morgan has full responsibility for the growth and development of the business.
Having worked locally in property management and factoring for the last 10 years, her in depth knowledge of the industry combined with her never tiring passion to enhance the service provided to clients has been testament to the staggering growth of the business, 4000 clients to 25,000 clients in 3 years.
Bringing transparency, technology and excellent customer services to the industry is at the forefront of her game.
Pádraig McCloskey, external relations manager, Shell U.K. Limited
After graduating from Imperial College in 2002, Pádraig joined Shell, initially working on the Pernis Refinery in the Netherlands in a technical role. After three years in Holland Pádraig made a significant career move into communications when he moved back to Ireland for the first of two spells working on the Corrib Gas Project. Pádraig has subsequently worked in the US and Canada before moving to Aberdeen in 2012.
Pádraig believes the North-east has great potential and is excited by the opportunity to support the Chambers vision for the region.
Robert Garnish, head of branch, John Lewis Aberdeen
Robert has worked for the John Lewis Partnership for 17 years, the last two of them as Head of Branch in Aberdeen. Prior to this role, Robert opened the new John Lewis store in York as Branch Manager and has also worked in stores across the UK from Poole to Manchester and from Norwich to Southampton.
He has also spent time in the John Lewis Head Office in London. Away from the Aberdeen branch Robert is the John Lewis lead for the retail business exercise at Oxford Summer School held at Keble College every August.
Outside of work Robert spends almost all his time as taxi driver for his eight year old's swimming, tennis and Brownies events or encouraging his one year old to do more walking!
Stephen Gibb, group public relations manager, Balmoral Group
Heads up in-house communications department providing global support for Balmoral across a diverse range of B2B sectors including energy, civil and environmental engineering.
Steve Nicol, chief financial officer, Wood Group
Steve Nicol is Wood Group Asset Life Cycle Solutions - Eastern Hemisphere, chief financial officer with responsibility for all aspects of finance and administration including Commercial, IT & S, Real Estate and Legal Services.
Steve has more than 20 years’ oil and gas experience with an in-depth knowledge of reporting, auditing, mergers and acquisitions, and financial management. He is a key member of the Eastern Hemisphere’s Leadership Team and sits on the Board at Aberdeen Grampian Chamber of Commerce.
Roddy Matheson, service manager - industry sectors, Aberdeenshire Council
Roddy worked 26 years in transport and logistics before joining Aberdeenshire Council where he leads on digital connectivity within the City Region Deal and the national programme.
He served on Aberdeen Harbour Board for nine years and has been a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport since 1986.
Roderick Laird, North-east Scotland branch vice chair, IOSH
On leaving the Royal Navy after 12 years service, Roderick's next logical move was to work offshore in the oil and gas industry.
Starting in construction, on to pre-commissioning, maintenance then finally production as a safety officer. He steadily moved up the ladder on to offshore safety supervisor, safety superintendent to senior HSE advisor, and at the same time moving through the grades in the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) from Tech IOSH to Charter IOSH.
Roderick's safety experience has spanned 32 years in Offshore Production and Drilling, Marine/Subsea, Facilities, Engineering, Construction and Pipeline sections of the industry.