An executive director at the North East England Chamber of Commerce has been highly commended at the inaugural British Asian Professional Awards 2023.

Aneela Ali, executive director of finance and corporate services, received the accolade in the Business Professional of the Year category at the prestigious awards ceremony earlier this month.

The event brought together the best and brightest British Asian professionals from various industries to celebrate their accomplishments, and was attended by prominent leaders, influencers and businesspeople.

Aneela said: “Just being nominated in such a competitive category and being recognised as highly commended is a monumental achievement for me.

“A huge well done to all the winners and to everyone that was nominated. I firmly believe that everyone who was part of this incredible event is a winner in their own right. The opportunity to be surrounded by such talented and accomplished individuals was truly inspiring.

“The awards shine a lot on the amazing work being achieved within our community and the incredible heights we can reach when we support and uplift one another.”

On her role at the Chamber, Aneela said: “I’m very passionate about the region and our people, and will continue to work with our members to support their growth and prosperity, with the Chamber as an influential force for good.

“The Chamber team will continue to ensure we play our part in creating a stronger, fairer North East.”

Award categories include Tech Professional of the Year, CEO of the Year, Architect of the Year, Pharmaceutical Entrepreneur of the Year, Female Solicitor of the Year and Accounting Firm of the Year.

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A spokesperson for the awards said: “We are delighted to recognise these exceptional individuals who have demonstrated excellence in their respective fields and have made a significant difference in our society. Their dedication, innovation, and leadership serve as an inspiration to us all.

“We would like to congratulate all winners and nominees for their amazing achievements.”

The awards recognise and celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of individuals who have made a significant impact in their respective fields, whilst also fostering diversity and inclusion in the British professional landscape.