Walsh Taylor are delighted once again to sponsor the Yorkshire Young Achievers Awards for the sixth year in a row, an organisation that supports young people and organisations across the region.

Once again Walsh Taylor will sponsor the Special Award, which is given to friends and supporters of the foundation who have helped it to raise funds to support young people throughout the region. With a long list of distinguished winners, last year’s Special Award was presented to ITV’s Christine Talbot and Duncan Wood by Walsh Taylor Director Kate Breese. Christine Talbot and Duncan Wood are Patrons of the foundation and as well as co-hosting the event every year, dedicate their personal and professional time to the foundation throughout the year.

The Yorkshire Young Achievers Foundation was set up in 2010 to support, fund and recognise outstanding young people in the region and those who work with them. Previous award winners include Lizzie Armitstead, Kelvin Fletcher and Kimberley Walsh.

The nominations for 2018 are now open with the awards taking place on Thursday 8th November at the Leeds United Centenary Pavilion.

Though the Special Award is decided by organisers, nominations for the below categories officially opened last week:

  • Personality of the Year
  • Youngster of the Year (12 and under)
  • Unsung Hero
  • Achievement in the Arts
  • Achievement in Education
  • Achievement in Management and Enterprise
  • Achievement in Sport

Anyone can nominate a potential winner by simply clicking here and filling out the nomination form. The closing date for this is Friday 14th September.

The awards have raised over £1.2 million to support young people in Yorkshire since being established and Walsh Taylor are proud to continue to be a sponsor in their 26th year.

For more information on our involvement or to enquire about our business support services, please feel free to call 03300 244 660.

Mary Taylor

Mary began working in insolvency for a national accountancy practice in Glasgow thirty years ago and worked in most divisions of the insolvency department.

She then moved to a smaller firm so she could advance her knowledge on a more hands on basis. She moved back to Leeds in 1987 and commenced working with a small firm of accountants and subsequently made partner.

She left in 1999 to set up her own practice, McCann Taylor.
McCann Taylor became involved with the consumer market both in England and Scotland.

Mary sold McCann Taylor in March 2007 and formed Walsh Taylor to concentrate on helping businesses experiencing financial difficulties.

Meg Heath

Meg has a background in supporting SMEs, including the raising of finance and advising on organisational change. She is a non-executive director of companies in the private and third sector, including Walsh Taylor.

Previously she was Deputy Fund Director of one of the largest CDFIs in the UK, and has experience of the social enterprise, charity and private sectors. Her experience of assisting companies to survive and thrive has been gained across a broad range of sectors and in companies of all sizes.

In addition to her work at Walsh Taylor she works for other private companies, including non-executive and trustee positions.

Emma Mifsud
Insolvency Practitioner

After graduating from Leeds University in 2005 with a BA Hons degree in Criminology, Emma worked for a regional law firm in both the property department and insolvency and banking department. Whilst doing so Emma gained a Graduate Diploma in Law at BPP University.

Emma then joined a national accountancy firm in 2009 gaining experience in personal insolvency before moving to a Leeds based firm. At this firm Emma specialised in bankruptcies, IVA’s and negotiating informal agreements with creditors. In 2013 Emma gained her CPI qualification.

Since joining the firm in December 2013, Emma has taken on a portfolio of personal and corporate insolvency cases to extend her knowledge and expertise in all areas of insolvency.

In December 2017 Emma become a licensed appointment taker under the Insolvency Practitioners Association, she is JIEB qualified.

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