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IED Annual Awards 2023: shortlist announced


The shortlist for the IED Annual Awards 2023, which recognise achievers in the public and private sector through a series of individual, team and organisational categories, has been revealed by the Institute of Economic Development.

After a record number of entries were assessed by an expert judging panel, the final three nominees for eight awards have been decided. The winners be announced at the IED Awards Dinner, which will take place in the Sky Gallery at the Park Regis hotel in Birmingham on 7th November following the IED Annual Conference ‘Grow for Good? Reappraising the UK's Growth Objectives’.

A further special award, Outstanding Contribution to Economic Development, will be announced on the evening to recognise an individual who has made a sustained outstanding contribution to the field of economic development.

“Congratulations to all those who have been shortlisted, and thanks to everyone who has taken the opportunity to enter the IED Annual Awards,” said Executive Director Nigel Wilcock. “We are delighted that the enthusiasm for our awards continues to grow and have been blown away by the quality of entries received. They certainly encapsulate the full spectrum and contribution of economic development as we intended.

“With just six weeks to go until the awards, we are incredibly proud to host this biggest celebration of the economic development sector, and are particularly excited this year by the prospect of holding the IED Annual Conference and Awards Dinner together for the first time.”

Leader of the Year

Economic development professionals who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and management in their role, and who motivate and inspire their team to achieve success through effective leadership.

  • Clare Elliot, Service Director: Economic Growth and Skills, Wakefield Council.
  • Julie Kapsalis, Chair, Coast to Capital LEP and Catalyst South, Principal and CEO, North East Surrey College of Technology.
  • Zach Wilcox, City Economics and Planning Associate, Arup.

Team of the Year

Exceptional economic development teams who have gone above and beyond in ensuring the smooth running and effective delivery of economic development functions in their organisations.

  • Norfolk County Council Business Development Team.
  • Sefton Council Economic Growth and Housing Directorate.
  • South of Scotland Enterprise Innovation and Entrepreneurship Team.

Rising Star of the Year – sponsored by Atkins

Younger economic development team members aged 30 or under (as of 1st June 2023) who have demonstrated excellence, commitment and gone above and beyond in their early career.

  • Alejandro Lomeli Viramontes, Consultant, Inner Circle Consulting.
  • Emma Leung, Senior consultant/Senior Economist, Savills.
  • Sarah Husselbee, Programme Manager – Economic Growth and Visitor Economy, Newark and Sherwood District Council.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Champion of the Year

Individuals who have strived to actively promote, celebrate and raise awareness of EDI, improving under-represented involvement in economic development in their organisation or externally.

  • Jayne Murdoch, Women Enterprise Coach, South of Scotland Enterprise.
  • Julie Kapsalis, Chair, Coast to Capital LEP and Catalyst South, Principal and CEO, North East Surrey College of Technology.
  • Sevenoaks District Council Economic Development Team.

Social Value Champion of the Year – sponsored by The Social Value Engine

Individuals who have championed and made a significant contribution to social value creation, developing best practice in their field and making positive impacts in their communities.

  • Beth Parsons, Social Value Lead, North London Heat and Power Project, on behalf of the North London Waste Authority; Economic Development Consultant, AECOM.
  • Kim Power, Principal Urban Planner, Arup.
  • Nina Howells, Commercial Project Manager, Salford City Council.

Most Innovative Project of the Year

Innovative economic development projects which have pushed the boundaries beyond traditional approaches and delivered additional beneficial outcomes as a result of the innovation.

  • London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham Industrial Strategy.
  • North London Heat and Power Project Schools Engagement Programme.
  • Sefton Council Economic Growth and Housing Directorate Salt and Tar Project.

Collaborative Initiative of the Year

Outstanding cross-sector economic development collaboration between two or more partners drawn from local authorities, private sector, third sector, business and academia.

  • Arup/Sheffield Masterplans, collaboration with Sheffield City Council, South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority, Homes England and local Housing Associations.
  • Wakefield Council, Tileyard North at Rutland Mills.
  • Salford City Council, Build Salford employer consortium.

Outstanding Impact 

For projects delivered and concluded in the last five years, which demonstrate benchmarked evidence against other similar initiatives. Impacts could include environmental, social, business support (from start-up to growth and scale), rural development and regeneration.

  • Norfolk County Council, Go Digital.
  • Sellafield Ltd, redeveloping and repurposing Whitehaven Bus Station.
  • Wakefield Council, Backstage Innovation Hub.

Book your place for our 40th Anniversary Awards Dinner, sponsored by Key Cities, here.