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Manx Accountancy Awards 2020

06 November 2020 | Comis Hotel & Golf Resort


Manx Accountancy Awards judges represent the very best of the accredited professionals. Our focus is to deliver a balanced judging assessment from leaders who bring their extensive knowledge, enthusiasm and expertise to the judging process.The judges are bound by a strict confidentiality agreement. Each and every judge is required to declare any conflict of interest in entries over which they deliberate and are instructed to stand aside from deliberations concerning those entries. Judges give their time for free to judge the awards and to pore over the entries, across all stages of the awards selection process. 

Meet Our Judges

Paul McArd
Harmony Homes

Experienced Managing / Principal Director with a demonstrated history of working in the Construction and Property industry. Skilled in Negotiation, Value Engineering, Business Planning, Property ..

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Clare Mahood
PSI Pay Limited
Group Chief Financial Officer

Qualified ACCA and ACA in 2001 and 2007 respectively Trained in Liverpool in large independent firm and moved to the island in 2001 Worked 10 years at KPMG, 6 years at Deloitte rising to Associate ..

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Santosh Mishra
Imperial IT
Founder and Managing Director

Co-founder and investor of many start-ups and flourishing business and advisory firms focused solely on helping individuals and organizations incre..

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David Frankel
Venus Movement

David is of the opinion companies that fail to make their businesses a welcoming and friendly environment are missing out on attracting top talent. “We must support businesses to help men and women ..

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Efe Ohwofasa
Focus Guru

Efe Ohwofasa is a UK award-winning entrepreneur and business motivational speaker, who specialises in helping entrepreneurs to focus their efforts and build their company fast. ..

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Lee Astin
Astin Accounts Solutions Limited
Founder / Managing Director

Lee is ACCA qualified with more than 15 years' finance experience including roles as Partner, FD, COO, Head of Business Controlling and Group FC....

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Mike Lightfoot
Signature Acquisitions
Senior Business Manager

Signature Acquisitions helps people buy sell or merge IOM businesses. We deal with a considerable number of IOM accountancy & financial businesses...

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Jonathan Evans

Highly experienced Private Banker and business developer with a 30 year plus career spanning Head of Region / Function across multiple jurisdictions..

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Manuel Ernesto De Luque Muntaner
Block Asset Management
Founder & CEO

An international, visionary, and minded business leader, passionate about tech with 25+ years of experience in Private Banking & Asset Management..

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Anton Oliver
Headsmart Marketing Academy
CEO & Founder

Anton specialise in sales and marketing for small business owners. Over the years,  he has developed a keen understanding of the complex issues facing small business owners in the type of volatile ..

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Duncan Donald
Non Executive Director

I am a chartered accountant with approaching 40 years experience in both practice and industry including a number of years as a finance director...

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Luke Adebiyi
Capital International Group
Client Engagement Lead

Luke is #56 in the the 2020 EMpower Top 100 Future Ethnic Minorities across the UK, Ireland, US and Canada...

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Jennifer Houghton
IoD Isle of Man Limited

IoD Isle of Man is composed of around 300 directors who support each other, local businesses and promote good corporate governance...

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Dougie Elliott
Alexander Elliott

Alexander Elliott is a Manx company with well connected, Manx principals with a broad understanding of the Island’s main economic sectors...

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Paul Hotchkiss
Hotchkiss Associates Ltd
Managing Director

Tax adviser specialising in UK, International and IOM tax...

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Our Judging Process

The make-up of our judging panel changes from year to year, reflecting the ever-evolving nature of the industry itself. Our closely vetted panel comes together on the yearly judging day for lively debates on our hotly contested categories ensuring each entry is vetted against our strict criteria and high standards.

  • Following the deadline, after all submissions have been received, all entries will be sent to judges for the first round of review. Every entry is provided in the same format and without any material that goes against the terms and conditions.
  • judges give their free time to participate in the judging process.
  • Judges with conflicts of interest in categories will not participate in the judging of those categories.
  • Entries will be carefully scrutinised with the best selected to go forward to the shortlist for each category.
  • Judges score each entry according to the criteria of each category.
  • They then meet to discuss their scores and make a final decision during a single day of judging, based on the contents of the written or video entry.
  • The judging process is confidential and all decisions are final.
  • The shortlist of finalists will be published on the Awards' website.
  • Judges are divided into a minimum of two panels, ensuring any potential conflict is avoided.
  • The judges will score each of the entries allocated to them against a predetermined set of scores.
  • Scores are then collected and collated, with the entrant receiving the highest overall score being declared the winner of that category.
  • Feedback is provided for winning entries, however, due to the high volume of entries, feedback cannot be provided for anyone else.
  • The judges' decision is final and no correspondence or communication of any kind will be entered into in relation to decisions reached.
  • The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony.



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Tue 09 Jun 2020
Pre-Launch Party


Mon 29 Jun 2020
Launch Party


Mon 29 Jun 2020
Open for Public Voting


Fri 02 Oct 2020
Semi Finalist Announcement


Mon 12 Oct 2020
Finalist Announcement


Fri 06 Nov 2020
Awarding Ceremony and Winners Announcement