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Panel in place to honour FDs.

The judges who will decide the winners of the Finance director of the Year Awards are revealed this month. They include PWC's new regional chairman for scotland Lindsay gardiner, johnston Carmichael chairman Andrew shepherd and Colin gibson, deloitte's head of audit in scotland. Insider editor Alasdair Northrop will chair the panel.

gardiner joined PWC in 1989 and has been a partner since 1999. Prior to 2012, he led PWC's scottish audit and assurance practice. his client work is mainly focused on retail financial services and he has led the firm's audit and advisory relationships with a range of life insurers, banks and asset management companies. he is a member of PWC's regional leadership team, and has served on the ICAs auditing practices committee.

shepherd, who has a background in corporate tax, joined johnston Carmichael in 1994. he became a partner in 1997 and was subsequently appointed managing partner of the edinburgh office in 2002. he was then appointed chairman of the firm's policy committee in August 2010.

he specialises in taxation and professional services for large family businesses and has experience in land-based, food and drink, and professional services sectors.

Colin gibson leads deloitte's audit practice in scotland and Northern Ireland. A graduate of glasgow university, gibson has been a partner since 1998, and has worked across a diverse range of sectors, including property, construction, consumer business and manufacturing.

There is just less than a month left to enter the awards, which are intended to honour the outstanding contribution and effort made by finance directors towards the overall success of their organisations.

The awards are made on the basis of an initial nomination by the candidate's chief executive, followed by in-depth interviews with the short listed candidates and their chief executives - together and separately - by the judging panel. These interviews will take place on january 14 and 15, 2013.

Finalists selected are invited to attend the gala lunch where the winners will be announced at the Crowne Plaza, glasgow, on Friday February 8, 2013.

This year we have three categories for the awards which will be looking at the achievements of candidates in particular in 2012 but also prior to that time where relevant. They are: Finance Director of the Year The panel is looking for finance directors who have provided significant contribution to the development of their company or organisation and perhaps have made their mark with some special achievements. The organisation may be a head office or a subsidiary but it must be based in scotland.

Emerging Finance Director of the Year Candidates for emerging Fd of the year are likely to be showing long-term potential in their first Fd role. There is no specific age limit though the individual should have been in the job for at least two years. he or she will have contributed significantly to the development of the company or organisation. The organisation may be a head office or a subsidiary but it must be based in scotland.

Public Sector Finance Director of the Year The panel is looking for finance directors who have provided a significant contribution to the development of their organisation and perhaps have made their mark with some special achievements. The organisation may be a head office or a subsidiary but it must be based in scotland.

Chief executives are invited to nominate their own finance director. Professional advisors and others are invited to propose any finance directors they believe are worthy of consideration for these awards. Nominations close december 10, 2012 ? n To nominate please visit www.

fdoftheyear.co.uk or contact Lisa Lynas at Lllynas@insider.co.uk or telephone 0141 309 3095.

For sponsorship opportunities or to book tables contact Siobhan Maclean at smaclean@insider.co.uk or phone 0141 309 4907.

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