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Manx Accountancy Awards 2020

18 September 2020 | Woodbourne House


Manx Accountancy Awards judges represent the very best of the accredited professionals. 

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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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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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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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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Our Judging Process

The Manx Accountancy Awards employ a two-stage judging process. Every entry will be reviewed by three members of, or advisors to, The Awards research team. From the whole entry, a list of shortlists from each category will be drawn up; then these shortlisted applicants will be judged by [anel of Judges. Judges will decide on the list of Semi-Finalist, Finalists including the winner, in each category.

The judges will be looking for evidence of quality, integrity, creativity, originality and overall excellence. 

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.

Entrants who are shortlisted or nominated for an award will be informed by email.

What the Judges will be Looking For

The judges will make an assessment of each nomination across the following areas:

IMPACT AND INNOVATION – Can demonstrate significant, positive and tangible impact on the organisation/team

EFFICIENCY – Understands the delivery of an efficient operation and can demonstrate how this has been achieved

COLLEAGUE ENGAGEMENT – Has created an environment/delivered an initiative that engages their people

CUSTOMER ENGAGEMENT – Understands customer needs and acts as the voice of the customer

COMMERCIALLY AWARE – Understands and contributes to the success of the business

PROCESS IMPROVEMENT – Can demonstrate a structured approach to improving processes

ROLE MODEL – Actively shares best practice  to help others learn

DELIVERY – Performs against objectives

COMPLIANCE – Has the right set of controls and measures in place


The independent judging panel will be responsible for determining the Awards category winners between Friday, August 14th to September 18th for The Manx Accountancy Awards 2020.

Who is Judging

The integity of the Manx Accoutancy Awards judging is paramount. All of the judges are highly qualified professionals with a proven track record in business management representing the very best of accredited professionals.

We have a number of lead judges who are all experts from across the profession.

How the Judging Process Works


Judges will score entries based on the judging criteria mentioned against each category.

A nine-point scale will be used where 1 = Exceptionally Poor (the lowest score), 2 = Poor, 3 = Weak, 4 = Low-Average, 5 = Average, 6 = High-Average, 7 = Strong / Good, 8 = Excellent, 9 = Exceptionally excellent (the highest score)


Scores will be averaged together to determine each entry’s overall score. The entry with the highest score each category is the category winner. Some judges may abstain from a category if they believe there is a conflict of interest. In which case, some categories may have more scores than others. In any case, the score overall score will be averaged.


Judging Terms and Conditions

  • The decisions of the Manx Accountancy Awards organisers, reviewers and judges are final.
  • The organisers, reviewers and judges reserve the right: to move an entry into another category when they feel that it would be judged more appropriately there; not to make an award in any given category; and not to enter into correspondence with entrants on any subject.
  • Initial acceptance of entry or nomination does not guarantee its eligibility in the category for which it is entered.
  • The Manx Accountancy Awards welcomes entries from independent companies, teams  or individuals provided that these entries fulfill the entry criteria.
  • It is the responsibility of the entrant to provide complete, accurate information about the entry. The Manx Accountancy Awards shall not be liable for errors or omissions in the entry forms nor in any subsequent submissions.
  • If the entry form is inaccurate or incomplete, if the entry does not comply with these conditions, or if it is deemed ineligible for any other reason, then the entry will be disqualified. 
  • By submitting the entry, the entrant grants and warrants that the entrant is entitled to grant to The Manx Accountancy Awards the rights to make copies of a sequence of up to two minutes' running time from the entry and to include such copies and to record and use the sounds and images of any acceptance speech relating to the entry in any online as well as offline broadcast channels, any website or any other distribution medium or publication in connection with the awards and/or The Manx Accountancy Awards including for publicity and promotional purposes, together with the right to authorise others to do any of the foregoing.
  • Entrants whose productions are nominated for the final phase of the competition must be prepared to supply, within five working days of notification:
  • A complete list of shortlisted entries will be published on The MAA website
  • A complete list of winners will be published on the website.


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Wed 22 Apr 2020
Open for Nomination


Thu 14 May 2020
Launch Party


Wed 15 Jul 2020
Shortlist Announcement


Wed 15 Jul 2020
Open for Public Voting


Sat 25 Jul 2020
Semi Finalist Announcement


Fri 14 Aug 2020
Finalist Announcement