Director of the Year Awards 2018 now open for entries

Claire Horton, CEO of Battersea Cats and Dogs Home

The Institute of Directors has announced that its prestigious IoD Director of the Year Awards 2018 is now open for entries and nominations.

Leaders from businesses of all sizes and sectors are invited to enter their regional Director of the Year Awards and be in with a chance of making it to the national finals in London later this year.

The categories for 2018 represent the core areas of business, while the judging process will be completed by a panel recognised and respected industry leaders who will be announced on the IoD Awards website and by Director in due course.

The categories for the IoD Director of the Year Awards 2018 are as follows:

Director of the Year – Innovation

Director of the Year – Public/Third Sector

Director of the Year – Non-Exec

Director of the Year – Start-Up

Director of the Year – New

Director of the Year – Global

Director of the Year – Inclusivity

Director of the Year – Family Business

Director of the Year – Corporate Social Responsibility

Director of the Year – Chairman’s Award for Excellence in Director and Board Practice

Winners from each IoD region are entered into the Director of the Year Awards finals, which are held at the Royal Horticultural Halls in London on 18 October.

Last year’s overall winner was Claire Horton (pictured) the chief executive of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home.

Gareth Loye, CEO of M&M Contractors, won the Family Business Director of the Year Award and said: “Winning the award last year was a major endorsement of the hard work of our employees and the support of our clients over recent years. To be recognised on a national stage has also made a huge difference to our company.

“I’d encourage all business leaders to enter the Director of the Year Awards and seize the opportunity to elevate their firm to a new level.”

How to enter

If you would like to enter or nominate someone who shows exceptional leadership skills, click here to register. The awards are free to enter and companies must be based or have their head office in the UK to apply.

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IoD Director of the Year Awards


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Hannah Gresty

Hannah Gresty

Until she left the magazine in August 2019, Hannah Gresty was the assistant editor of Director. She previously worked on a local news website and at a fashion PR company before joining the Director team as editorial assistant in 2016.

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