North East Automotive Alliance Annual Awards 2023

Event Date:

March 23, 2023

Event Time:

6:30 pm

Event Location:

Ramside Hall Hotel

Recognising automotive excellence.


Continuing our mission to celebrate and champion automotive excellence, the North East Automotive Alliance Annual Awards will return in 2023, with the winners to be announced at the dinner on Thursday 23rd March at Ramside Hall Hotel in Durham.

The North East Automotive Alliance Annual Awards, featuring Sunderland City Council as headline sponsor, are designed to recognise some of the brightest talent and outstanding achievements of companies shaping the North East automotive industry.

Donations will be awarded to schools and school engagement programmes to help raise awareness of the importance of STEM and the attractiveness of a career within the automotive sector. The NEAA awards are supported by some of the region’s most dynamic, forward-looking and successful automotive companies and to date have donated over £47,000 which has gone towards supporting our future talent.




  • Geoff Ford MBE Apprentice Award, sponsored by Gateshead College
    • Eden McGlen – Unipres, Lily Turner – Nissan Motor Manufacturing UK, Molly Craggs – Envision AESC UK
  • Graduate Award, sponsored by Marelli
    • Elena Westerman – Envision AESC UK, Nathaniel Cutler – Komatsu UK, Owen Outterside – Komatsu UK
  • Innovation and Technology Award, sponsored by Newcastle University
    • Large/Multinational – Komatsu UK, Marelli, Nissan Motor Manufacturing UK
    • SME – Fuzzy Logic Studio, The Algorithm People, Vic Young
  • Sustainability Award, sponsored by Nissan Motor Manufacturing UK
    • Large/Multinational – Adient Seating, Marelli, Port of Tyne
    • SME – Aspire Technology Solutions, Vic Young
  • Employer of the Year Award, sponsored by Invest South Tyneside
    • Adient Seating, Cummins, Nissan Motor Manufacturing UK, Marelli
  • SME Company of the Year Award, sponsored by North East Institute of Technology (NEIoT)
    • Ford Engineering, Smart Manufacturing Solutions, Tomlinson Hall & Co.
  • Outstanding Contribution Award, sponsored by Sunderland City Council
    • To be announced on the night


Book your place at the 2023 Awards Dinner

Members Individual: £120 +VAT  I  Table of 10: £1,200 +VAT
Non-Members Individual: £180 +VAT  I  Table of 10: £1,800 +VAT
Booking can be made online below

Download NEAA Awards Information

Event FAQs

What do I get with my ticket?

Reception drink

Three course meal

Tea and Coffee

Wine for the table

Menu and Catering


Drinks Reception Sparkling Wine or Fresh Orange Juice

Starter Northumberland Ham Knuckle Terrine, Pease Pudding, House B&B Pickle and Toasted Sourdough

Vegetarian Starter Heritage tomato and roasted Red Pepper Bruschetta, Pecorino Rocket and black olive tapenade

Main Roast Corn Fed Chicken, Smoked Bacon, Creamed Pea’s & Leeks, Carrots Potato Puree

Vegetarian/ Vegan Main Caramelised Onion and Chicory Tart, Roasted Squash, Seeds, Pickled Walnut, Sage, and Dolcelatte Cheese (Optional)

Dessert Sticky Toffee Pudding, Toffee Sauce & Vanilla Ice Cream

Tea & Coffee and Wine for the table.

Please inform us of any dietary requirements in advance. Those organising your place should have submitted any requirements for you. They must be submitted to by Friday 17th March 2023.

Awards Dinner Program

18:30    Arrival | Drinks Reception

19:30    Formal Proceedings

19:35    Main Sponsor Welcome – Cllr Miller, Sunderland City Council

19:45    NEAA Welcome – Professor Matt Boyle OBE, Chairman, NEAA

20:00    Geoff Ford MBE Apprentice Award & Graduate Award

20:20    Dinner

21:50    Innovation and Technology & Sustainability Awards

22:10    Employer of the Year & SME Company of the Year Awards

22:30    Outstanding Contribution Award and Speech

22.40    NEAA Closing Remarks – Paul Butler, CEO, NEAA

22.45    Networking

23.30    Carriages

Event Location:

Total Seats: 330


  • Ramside Hall Hotel
  • Carrville
  • Durham
  • DH1 1TD

Event Schedule Details

  • March 23, 2023 6:30 pm   -   11:30 pm
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