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AICPA & CIMA Finance Awards and Ceremony

Building on the success of the first ENGAGE Europe Finance Awards held in 2021, we’re delighted to once again be hosting the awards in 2022. We're open to receiving nominations up until Sunday 24 April 2022, hosting the Presentation Awards Ceremony on Wednesday 22 June 2022.

Take your first step toward the opportunity to increase your confidence and your credibility, broaden company brand exposure, and create excitement among your colleagues and employees, as by entering you become a potential winner.

Our awards in 2021 were a great experience for all those involved – especially our winners  who described them as ‘a life-changing opportunity’, ‘amazing to be recognised in your field’, ‘incredibly proud’, ‘fantastic recognition for work done’, ‘thank you for recognising our efforts with this award which will mean so much to our team’.

Entering these awards enables you to showcase what you have been able to achieve in your career to date, backed by your CIMA Professional Qualification, and perhaps, how you have helped enhance individuals’ careers, and the management accounting profession.

By showcasing your achievements, you’ll be heightening your reputation as being an authority on management accounting, improving your career opportunities, gaining recognition from your peers, while potentially inspiring others to follow in your professional pathway. 

Whether you’re entering yourself, or nominating someone else, please read through the award categories and guidance – eligibility may extend to more than one category. 

Good luck!

This event is in association with our platinum sponsor 

Award Categories and Guidance

Here you’ll find details of each award category, the nomination criteria, and links to the nomination forms.  Please do remember – individuals / teams, can enter / be entered, for more than one category.

Please make time to read the 'Nomination and Award Guidance' below, to ensure you’re fully informed.

Rising Star of the Year

An individual who has up to five years’ post-qualified experience, and who can give examples of outperforming their peer group, perhaps in terms of creating new initiatives / high achievement in a role, which have made a notable contribution to their organisation; demonstrating their application of skills from the CGMA competency framework.

Submit a Nomination 

Finance Business Leader of the Year

A C-Suite individual who can demonstrate having made a notable contribution to the leadership of their organisation’s finance function, by providing strategic direction to improve employee performance, thereby driving team spirit and adding significant value to the business. 

Submit a Nomination 

Digital Innovation Project of the Year

A project that used digital technology and applications at its heart, to improve existing business processes, efficiency, business models, or to enhance customer experience.  As a direct result, the project will have led to the improvement of the wider business in terms of growth, revenue, or sustainability. 

Submit a Nomination 

Responsible Finance Team of the Year

A finance team which demonstrates how it has embedded environmental, social, and governance responsibilities into their organisational strategy, to ensure the organisation is contributing to delivering on United Nations sustainable development goals, while continuing to achieve a healthy bottom line.

Submit a Nomination 

Small-, Medium-Enterprise (SME) of the Year

A business that can demonstrate outstanding initiative, boldness, and imagination, as well as sound management accounting practices, which have resulted in sustainable growth and commercial success.  The business may also have had a positive impact on the wider community and local economy, that is exceptional for the size of the company.

Submit a Nomination 

Public Sector Team of the Year

A public sector team which can demonstrate how it has embedded a culture of innovation and improvement to ensure it is continuously providing value for the wider public. 

Submit a Nomination 

Nomination and Award Guidance

Award period:
Examples of meeting award category criteria should be drawn from experiences over an 18-month period from 26 October 2020 to 24 April 2022 – being the closing date for nominations.

Who can be nominated? 
CIMA members in practice, and those in industry – public-, private-, and third party-sectors, also CIMA students, who are based in the UK, Ireland, and Europe, and who meet the criteria for an award category.

For team / project categories, it is not mandatory that all team members are CIMA students and/or members, provided it is demonstrated that CGMA competencies played a part in the success of a team and/or a project.

Who can make a nomination? 
CIMA members and students can nominate themselves/team, and/or nominate another CIMA member / CIMA student / team.

Also, a third party such as an employer, colleague, supplier, and client who have had close contact with the work of the prospective nominee, can nominate a CIMA member / CIMA student / team.

How are nominations made?         
There is a link to an online form, at the foot of each of the five award category screens. There are options for nominees, and for nominators, so please tick the boxes as applicable to ensure you complete the correct sections.

On submitting an online nomination, you will receive a ‘privacy’ form which asks if we can share the nominees’ names, employer, job role and photo, plus any other information provided.

We recommend you create your entry in draft, then copy and paste into the online form.

What is the judging process? 
There is a minimum of 14 judges, all of whom are CIMA members – Associates and Fellows.  Two+ judges will be assigned one category.  They will work together to review the nominees for shortlisting for their category, and determine a further shortlisting of finalists.

All judges will be sent a summary of each finalist in each category, ahead of coming together for a meeting with judges from all categories, to review the finalists and determine the winner of each category.

Nominee shortlisting: 
Those shortlisted for each category will be notified by Friday 6 May 2022.

What is the award ceremony process? 
The winners of each award category will be announced at a ceremony, on the evening of Wednesday 22 June 2022.

The winners will have the opportunity to say a few words of thanks on the evening.

AICPA & CIMA Finance Awards Ceremony

Let's come together to celebrate our winners' achievements, and to acknowledge and applaud the finalists, and those shortlisted, while socialising and networking.

The ceremony will be hosted by Cally Beaton who, having worked for three decades in high profile roles in international media, embarked on a double-life as a stand-up on the personal recommendation of Joan Rivers. Cally's debut show at the Edinburgh Fringe was a sell-out, and her radio and television appearances include BBC's Apprentice You're Fired, and QI. Cally will draw on her business expertise and perfomer skills, to deliver a professional yet comedic evening.

We're delighted that the CIMA President is able to join us to will deliver a welcome address, and to present the Awards trophies to our winners.

So do join this prestigious event, to give the winners a most memorable evening. We're sure all nominees would appreciate and enjoy having family, friends, colleagues, clients, etc, along to their special evening.

6.30pm Drinks reception
7.00pm Welcome and introductions
7.05pm Welcome address – CIMA President
7.15pm Dinner
8.45pm Awards Ceremony
9.30pm Closing address
10.30pm Close

To attend the AICPA & CIMA Finance Awards Ceremony, please reserve your place(s) by selecting from the options below.  There’s a 10% discount on the £60 ticket price, when booking a table of 10 guests.




To nominate yourself or someone else, click on the 'Submit' button below, before the closing date of Sunday 24 April 2022.

Submit a Nomination 

The Vox, Birmingham B40 1PU

Date and time
Wednesday 22 June 2022
  6.30pm Drinks reception
  7.15pm Dinner and AICPA & CIMA Finance Awards Ceremony
10.30pm Close

Rates and Inclusions
Drinks reception, three-course dinner, Awards Ceremony
£60 per person
£500 per table of 10 guests

To pay by invoice for either an individual or group booking, please contact with all delegate names, email addresses and CIMA ID (where applicable) and an invoice will be sent to you.

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2022 Judges

All Judges are CIMA members - Associates and Fellows, who have extensive experience in the field of the award category which they are judging, and we will be announcing this year’s judges in due course.


Should you have any questions about any aspect of the AICPA & CIMA ENGAGE Europe Finance Awards 2022, please contact us at