Ex­plorer to speak at top awards

Sir Ran­ulph to de­scribe his life and times

Yorkshire Post - Business - - FRONT PAGE - Greg Wright DEPUTY BUSI­NESS ED­I­TOR @york­shire­post

The man de­scribed by the Guin­ness Book of Records as the world’s great­est liv­ing ex­plorer will share his suc­cess sto­ries at the York­shire Fi­nance Lead­ers Awards. At 73, Sir Ran­ulph Fi­ennes is show­ing no signs of slow­ing down: at present he is the only hu­man to have crossed both po­lar ice caps and climbed Mount Ever­est.

The man de­scribed by the Guin­ness Book of Records as the world’s great­est liv­ing ex­plorer and the woman at the helm of a global brand­ing agency will share their in­ter­na­tional suc­cess sto­ries at the York­shire Fi­nance Lead­ers Awards.

At 73, Sir Ran­ulph Fi­ennes is show­ing no signs of slow­ing down: he is the only hu­man to have crossed both po­lar ice caps and climbed Mount Ever­est.

He will speak about his life­time of ad­ven­ture and ex­plo­ration and his fundrais­ing for char­ity.

Sir Ran­ulph has made head­lines for 50 years for his will­ing­ness to em­brace dan­ger. He led the first hov­er­craft ex­pe­di­tion up the Nile, the long­est river in the world, in 1968/1969 and since then he has gone on to com­plete ex­pe­di­tions that have en­hanced our un­der­stand­ing of the earth.

He achieved a world first in 1992/1993 by com­plet­ing the first un­sup­ported cross­ing of the Antarc­tic Con­ti­nent, with fel­low ad­ven­turer Mike Stroud. This was the long­est un­sup­ported po­lar jour­ney in his­tory.

Vic­to­ria Wood­ings, mean­while, is the chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer at Prin­ci­ple Group, the award-win­ning Hud­der­s­field-based global brand im­ple­men­ta­tion spe­cial­ist.

She will speak about her own path to the top, pro­gress­ing from

fi­nance di­rec­tor to CEO of a £155mturnover in­ter­na­tional busi­ness serv­ing many of the world’s big­gest and best-known brands.

Ms Wood­ings will also talk about tal­ent devel­op­ment, di­ver­sity and au­to­ma­tion, which will be top­i­cal themes for the au­di­ence of busi­ness lead­ers at the awards cer­e­mony on Septem­ber 26.

The York­shire Fi­nance Lead­ers Awards hon­our the out­stand­ing men and women re­spon­si­ble for en­sur­ing the on­go­ing fi­nan­cial strength of the re­gion’s best small, medium and large in­sti­tu­tions.

Their con­tri­bu­tion will be re­warded in the new ini­tia­tive from ac­coun­tancy and busi­ness ad­vi­sory firm BDO LLP, in­sur­ance bro­ker­age Lock­ton Com­pa­nies, Brew­ster Pratap Re­cruit­ment Group, and law firm Walker Mor­ris LLP. A spokes­woman for the spon­sors said: “We are de­lighted to wel­come Sir Ran­ulph Fi­ennes and Vic­to­ria Wood­ings as our guest speak­ers for the in­au­gu­ral York­shire Fi­nance Lead­ers Awards.

“They have very dif­fer­ent life sto­ries but each are highly in­spir­ing in their own way and have im­por­tant mes­sages to share about de­ter­mi­na­tion and suc­cess.”

The YFL Awards are open to fi­nance lead­ers from all pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tor or­gan­i­sa­tions across York­shire and in­cludes cat­e­gories for in­terim fi­nance lead­ers and fu­ture fi­nance lead­ers.

The York­shire Post

is the me­dia part­ner for the awards din­ner which is due to be held on Septem­ber 26.

Tick­ets for the event go on sale on July 9. If you are in­ter­ested in at­tend­ing, please email events@ yflawards.co.uk.

For more in­for­ma­tion, please visit www.yflawards.co.uk.

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