IoD Director of the Year Awards 2019 finalists announced

IOD Director of the Year Awards

Some of the UK’s most inspiring leaders will be honoured at a glittering ceremony on 18 October at The Brewery in London. Here’s the shortlist of this year’s national finalists

These may be turbulent times for the British economy, but our business leaders continue to confound the negative headlines with their drive to excel. Some of the UK’s most outstanding leaders will be celebrated at the national final of the annual IoD Director of the Year Awards in London on 18 October, which brings together the winners of the regional heats.

The judges – including Duncan Wardle, former VP of innovation and creativity at Disney; Kathryn Baddeley, head of CSR at Cisco UK and Ireland; and Jacqui McKinlay, chief executive of the Centre for Public Scrutiny – have had an exceedingly tough task in selecting the overall winners in 13 competitive categories. An award based on exam performance will also go to this year’s outstanding new Chartered Director.

The venue for the ceremony is The Brewery, which occupies the site of Samuel Whitbread’s historic brewhouse in the City of London. The host will be renowned newscaster Sir Trevor McDonald.

IoD Director of the Year Awards 2019 finalists

Director of the Year – Chair’s Award

William Barnett, CEO, W&R Barnett

Jon Camp, MD, Tube Tech International

Paul Crilly, MD, Not Just Cleaning

Linda Pollard, chair, the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Adrian Shooter CBE, chair, Vivarail

Director of the Year – Chartered Director

Margot Cronin, non-executive director, HSBC Life, Tesco Underwriting, Prudential International, Nazareth Care Charitable Trust

Zelmira Polk, MD, The Hearth Education Advisors

Ray Stafford, MD, Williams Trade Supplies

Director of the Year – CSR, in partnership with Iosh

James Cain, CEO, Harrogate Water Brands

Ashley Cooper, senior partner, Edward Cooper Young Chartered Surveyors

Geraint Lewis, MD, Call of the Wild

Dara McCarthy, director, RMF Construction Services

Donald Moore, MD, Rowlinson Knitwear

Laura Morrison, MD, Your Telemarketing

Andrew Robertson, MD, R&B Star

Chris van den Berg, director, PwC Channel Islands

Director of the Year – Family Business

Iain Anderson, joint MD, GAP Group

Angela Bennett, joint MD, Diamond Systems

Adam and Kim Burrage, directors, Trident

Paul Crilly, MD, Not Just Cleaning

Rayner Davies, MD, A&R Contract Cleaning

Richard Gilkes, MD, Stort Chemicals

Amy McCormack, commercial director, ETM Recycling

Timothy John Rix, chief executive, JR Rix & Sons

James Timpson OBE, chief executive, Timpson Group

Michael Willetts, MD, ASAP Express

Director of the Year – Inclusivity, in partnership with Jaguar

Charlotte Armitage, MD, Yorkshire Academy of Film and Television Acting

Leona Barr-Jones, CEO, Focus7 International

Lynne Connolly, global head of diversity and inclusion, Standard Life Aberdeen

Mark Esho, director, Easy Internet Services

Debbie Francis, MD, Direct Rail Services

Sarah Gobran and Matt Pinches, joint artistic and executive producers, Guildford Shakespeare Company

Jackie Henry MBE, office senior partner, Deloitte

Director of the Year – Innovation, in partnership with Hastee Pay

Dr Arnab Basu MBE, CEO, Kromek Group

Dr Maurizio Bragagni MBA, CEO, Tratos

Peter Bruch, MD, AE Aerospace

Alan Lowry, MD, Environmental Street Furniture

Andy Mead, owner and MD, The Finishing Line

Karl Morris, MD, Bravura Foods

Sue Nelson, CEO and founder, the Breakthrough Group

Nathan Pyne-Carter, CEO, Ace Aquatec

Bruce Spencer-Knott, MD, Minister Surfacing

Director of the Year – International, in partnership with Corporate Traveller

Prof Adam Beaumont, founder and CEO, aql

Tim Brown, CEO, Jersey Post

Jon Camp, MD, Tube Tech international

Lisa McLaughlin, director, alternative legal services, UK, US and EMEA, Herbert Smith Freehills

Marnie Millard OBE, CEO, Nichols

Brendon O’Reilly, MD, Fashion House Group

Paul Robinson, COO, VHR

Guy Schanschieff MBE, founder and MD, Bambino Mio

Dr Julian Turner, CEO, Westfield Technology Group

Director of the Year – Large

James Freeman, MD, First, West of England

Jacqui Hall, MD, CNG

Andrew McLaughlin, CEO, RBS International

Sean Ramsden, CEO, Ramsden International

Robin Watson, chief executive, Wood

Nick Whelan, group chief executive, Dale Farm

Director of the Year – Non-Executive

Lesley Cowley, chair, DVLA, Companies House

Mark Enniss, chair, SSE Airtricity

Cedi Frederick, MD, Article Consulting

Colin Glass OBE, non- executive chair, Shine

Allan Goodbrand, chair, UBH International

Hugh Little, non-executive director

Dr Andrew Milner, chair, BHSF, Sun Organics, Help for Health

Gareth Thomas, associate director and chief strategy officer, Peritus Learning and Development

Matthew White, chair, The University Caterers Organisation

Director of the Year – Public Sector, in partnership with Bamboo

Penny Agent, director of allied clinical sciences and patient engagement, Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust

Pauline Howie OBE, chief executive, Scottish Ambulance Service

Giles Letheren, chief executive, Delt Shared Services

Karen Livingstone, national director, SBRI Healthcare

Jill Minne, strategic HR director, Northern Ireland Civil Service

Tony Moretta, CEO, Digital Jersey

Steve Park, MD, Warrington & Co

Bill Skelly, chief constable, Lincolnshire Police

Director of the Year – SME, in partnership with Code Investing

Dr Eman Al-Hillawi, director and partner, Entec Si

Angela Bennett, joint MD, Diamond Systems

James Cain, CEO, Harrogate Water Brands

James Crawford, CEO, Johnsey Estates UK

Ashton Hunt, MD, Tees Law

Jamie McGowan, director, Essence of Harris

Donald Moore, MD, Rowlinson Knitwear

Jeffrey Pugh, founder and MD, Pugh Computers

Jonathan Richards, founder and CEO, Breathe

Stephen Smith, CEO, EMB Group

Charmaine Vincent, CEO, Baltimore Consulting

Dr Richard Weaver, founder and CEO, XenoGesis

Director of the Year – Start-Up

Tom Hacquoil, CEO, Pinpoint

Kane Halsey, founder and CEO, Pickr

Catrin Jones, director, Crwst

Matt Jones, founder and MD, Oxbridge

Paul Kerruish, co-founder and CEO, the Fynoderee Distillery

Benjamin Maughan, MD, Epic Social

Robert McConnell, director, Pinnacle Professional

Tagore Ramoutar, MD, the Oxford Artisan Distillery

Naomi Watkins, CEO, NW Counselling Hub CIC

Daniel Winterstein, co-founder and director, Good-Loop

Director of the Year – Student

Sarah Campbell, director and founder, Play Well For Life

Brendan Digney, director, Machine Eye Technology

Tavinia Hutchinson, director, ZahMal London

Geoffrey Knott, director and co-founder, HOP

Sarah McAnallen, founder and CEO, McAnallen

Rebecca O’Higgins, digital account manager, SteadyGo

Director of the Year – Third Sector

Mark Abrams, CEO, Auriga Services

Dina Cook, COO, Wetswheels Jersey

Carol Fitzsimons MBE, chief executive, Young Enterprise Northern Ireland

Angela Hughes, CEO, Welsh Air Ambulance Charitable Trust

Maura Jackson, CEO, BACKUP North West

Caroline Kileavy, chief executive, Lincolnshire YMCA

Paula Martin, chief executive, Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust

Roslyn Neely, chief executive, Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity

Patrick Peal, chief executive, East Anglia Air Ambulance

Jonathan Spiers, chief executive, Autistica

Adeem Younis, chairman, Penny Appeal

Director of the Year – Young

Andrew Avanessian, COO, AppLearn

Lara Fox, MD, Objective IT

Jo Foxall, MD, PTI Cymru

Amy Golding, CEO, Opus Talent Solutions

Michael Holding, operations director, Inverness Kart Raceway

Sam Kirk, MD, J-Flex

Naoimh McAteer, director, MJM Group

Oliver North, MD, O&H Vehicle Technology

Natalie Passmore, FD, Jersey Water

Jake Third, client services director, Hallam

Hugo Tilmouth, CEO, ChargedUp


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