Sir Alex Reed, the founder of recruitment company Reed, was
rewarded for his outstanding contribution to business at CIMA’s
awards last night.

More than 350 guests attended CIMA’s annual bash in a fancy
hotel in London, which paid tribute to excellence in management

Another notable winner was Priscilla Mutembwa, the managing
director of Cargill Zimbabwe.

She won the award for businesswoman of the year, a new category,
for her leadership at Cargill Zimbabwe.

The UK TV personality Sue Perkins, who deserved an award for
bellyaching wit, hosted the event that saw Deloitte and EDF Energy
well represented among the hopefuls.

CIMA president Harold Baird said: “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.”

Winners included (UK unless otherwise

Distance learning student of the year– Maria
Moto, from Terence Murray and Associates in South Africa.

Part qualified student of the year– Sarah
Griffiths from Deloitte

Case study success award – Charlotte

Inspirational CIMA story of the year- Saima
Batool Zaidi from DSKI JV in Iran

Consultant of the year– Mohammed Ali Azeem from
Millward Brown Optimor

Innovation in business– EDF Energy’s decision
support team

Business partner of the year– AstraZeneca
commercial finance team

Finance team of the year (less than 5,000
Hallmark Cards group finance team

Finance team of the year (more than 5,000
– Marks & Spencer’s
business services team

Unlocking business intelligence– Legal &
General protection commercial team

Large employer of the year (more than 5,000
– NHS Institute for Innovation and

Recruitment consultancy of the year– Reed