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Voting for the 2014 Ashridge Business School Leader of the Year is now closed

Five exceptional executives with the gift of making great things happen

The National Business Awards has partnered with Ashridge Business School to celebrate Britain’s best leaders, with an award designed to recognise exemplars who have successfully led transformation in their organisation.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the public vote.  To find out more about each of the nominees please see below.

The 2014 Ashridge Business School Leader of the Year Nominees

Find out more about our leader lineup

Dunne Greene Morgan

Ronan Dunne

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Moya Greene
Royal Mail

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Steve Morgan OBE
Executive Chairman

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Nusseibeh Woolf

Saker Nusseibeh
Hermes Investment

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Fiona Woolf CBE
Lord Mayor of London

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Ashridge Business School’s view of what makes a great leader is grounded in its research into the everyday challenges faced by the leaders and organisations it supports and develops,” says Kai Peters, Chief Executive of Ashridge Business School.

“Together with the National Business Awards we believe that the 2014 Leader of the Year needs to be transformational in their organisation and industry; have a major impact on the strategic direction, growth and culture of their organisation; engage strongly with employees, stakeholders and wider society; demonstrate awareness of socio-economic and political trends; and be an authentic corporate citizen.” 

Voting has closed for your favourite transformational leader - it is now down to the judging panel!

"Each of these champions has led significant change in their organisation, industry or sector"


Five transformational leaders demonstrating these characteristics have been shortlisted for the Ashridge Business School Leader of the Year.

“Each of these champions has led significant change in their organisation, industry or sector,” explains Alex Evans, Programme Director of the National Business Awards. “A jury of peers will determine which is the most exemplary, based on a filmed interview focusing on their strategic vision for change; key challenges they have overcome; how openness, engagement and strong values helped them achieve their objectives; and what the culture of their organisation will retain after they have departed. The public can also vote for their favourite based on case studies of their achievements and excerpts from these interviews.”

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Leader of the Year Alumni

Previous winners of this award include Harriet Green, CEO of Thomas Cook (2013), Phil Smith, CEO of Cisco UK & Ireland (2012), Ruby McGregor-Smith, CEO of MITIE (2011), and Martin McCourt, former CEO of Dyson (2010).

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