The North East Employee of the Year Awards shortlist has been announced with the very best employees from across the region being invited to a glittering event on November 29 at the Crowne Plaza in Newcastle, where they will see who will be crowned winners.

The annual event aims to celebrate and reward the talent of employees from across the region in 10 categories, including Best Apprentice, Unsung Hero, Team of the Year and the Leadership Award.

There is also a new category for 2019 sponsored by Myndr, The Workplace Wellbeing Award.

Speaking about on the decision to sponsor this category Lizzy Hodcroft said: “Myndr is honoured to have opportunity to sponsor or champion those employees that are putting their colleagues wellbeing first. We need to recognise these unsung champions as they often mould the culture of their workplace.”

Nominations have been received from managers, directors and board members from companies and organisations across the region, recognising the incredible talent of employees in the North-East. Companies such as Tesco Underwriting, Sage and Hays Travel have nominated their employees for awards.

Tesco Underwriting are the headline sponsor for the event for the fourth year. Nicky Sutherland, Tesco Underwriting Head of HR and Development said, “We are delighted that so many people have put forward their star employees for these awards and I am really looking forward to the Awards event in November.”

The 2018 North East Employee of the Year winner Joanne Vinton-Bullwinkel from Firstsource Solutions Limited said: “This award opened a lot of doors for me and helped me build new working relationships which, in turn, helped me to help others develop and advance within their own careers.”

The event is being organised by events company, The Events Hero and further information can be obtained from

Event organiser and owner of The Event Hero, Sie Francis said: “We are delighted to be able to celebrate the amazing contribution employees make to the success of their companies. I would like to thank all those who have nominated people for these awards”

For more information contact Sie Francis at The event Hero on 01388-343239 or at

The Shortlist for North East Employee of the Year Awards 2019:


Casey Earl, Hays Travel;

Joseph West, Sage;

Olivia Prest, Hays Travel,


Lyndsey Stephenson, Sage;

The Claims Customer Experience Leadership Team, Tesco Underwriting;

Wayman Development, Wayman Development.


Charlotte Sigsworth, Hays Travel;

Clair McGough, Marmax Products;

Leigh Robinson, Tesco Underwriting;

Tim Bellhouse, NBS.


Anthony Hunter, Ellingham Hall;

Hollie O'Connell , Sage;

Laura Taylor Bate, Tesco Underwriting;

Mary Rudgard, North East Falconry.


David Dunn, Software City;

Erin Turnbull, Zerolight;

Marmax Products, Marmax Products;

Operational Excellence Team, Tesco Underwriting.


Bill Brown, The Hub - Quorum Business Park;

Claire McGough , Marmax Products;

Jen Waller, Sage;

Katherine Brennan, Sage.


Cathy McSorely, Zerolight;

Katherine Brennan, Sage;

Laura McGrath, The Hub - Quorum Business Park;

Laura Taylor, Tesco Underwriting.


Callum Downs, Sage;

Christopher Lamb, Marmax Products;

Claire Lusk, The Hub - Quorum Business Park;

Katie Allan, Tesco Underwriting.