Colin Maud named as Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year

Colin was selected from a shortlist of 4 finalists in this category, all of whom had demonstrated determination, foresight and inspiration to reach this stage of the competition.  The judges were particularly impressed by the innovative idea behind Achilles and by the global approach that the company has taken since its inception in 2001.
The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award is considered one of the world’s most prestigious business awards; it is committed to recognising the importance of entrepreneurship and takes place in 50 countries worldwide.
In response to receiving this award Colin commented “I’m extremely proud to be receiving this award on behalf of Achilles and special thanks must go to Sturla Sand, for formulating the concept of Achilles”.  He added “This success is very much a team effort”. 
Maund, who joined Achilles in 1993, initially caught the eye of the panel for his ability to take an essentially niche idea and turn it into a product accessible to a number of industries with the ability to perform globally.  Prior to Achilles, he specialized in procurement where he worked for a variety of organizations including HM Treasury and the CBI.  He is currently a member of the European Commission’s Advisory Committee for the Opening up of Public Procurement and is heavily involved in the interface between professional procurement and the demands of Corporate Responsibility.