Leaders honoured at IoD Director of the Year Awards

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IoD Director of the Year Winners 2017

Some of the leading lights in UK business saw their work recognised on Friday 22 September at the IoD Director of the Year Awards.

The event, hosted by BBC business correspondent Joe Lynam, took place at the London Lancaster Hotel in the capital.

Welcoming the finalists, IoD director general Stephen Martin said: “Our awards seek to shine a light on directors who have enhanced and driven their businesses forward.

“The contenders come from different organisations – of varying shapes and sizes – but the one thing they all have in common is leadership, expertise and personal dedication.”

“During this critical period of political change, we will need to see ingenuity and tenacity displayed by professional leaders.

“The vibrancy and diversity of the businesses here today gives me cause to be hopeful of the strength of British industries.”

Among the winners were Ella’s Kitchen founder Paul Lindley, who took home the award for International Director of the Year; Moy Park chief executive Janet McCollum, awarded Large Company Director of the Year; and La Mare Vineyards managing director Tom Crowley, who took home the prize for SME Director of the Year.

The next generation of UK entrepreneurs was also celebrated with Marc Wileman, director of Sublime Science, crowned Young Director of the Year and Alex Gatehouse, co-founder of Pelico, recognised as Student Director of the Year.

A new Disability Employment award – recognising the director whose organisation has lead the way in working to recruit and retain disabled people – was presented to Mike Adams, CEO of Purple.

The overall IoD Director of the Year 2017 accolade was presented to Claire Horton, chief executive of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, who also took home the award in the Public & Third Sector category.

The awards, sponsored by the Centre for Board Excellence, and Nasdaq, brought together finalists from regional heats across the UK.

IoD Director of the Year Awards 2017 – full list of winners

Public & Third Sector Claire Horton, chief executive, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home

Leadership in Corporate Responsibility Patrick Nash, chief executive, Connect Assist

Family Business Gareth Loye, CEO, M&M Contractors

Early Stage Business Sonia Cottom, director, Pain Association Scotland

New Chartered Director Nathan Warren, group director, Sanctuary Housing

International Paul Lindley, Founder & Chairman, Ella’s Kitchen

Young Director Marc Wileman, director, Sublime Science

Student Alex Gatehouse, co-founder and head of growth, Pelico

SME Director, sponsored by Hiscox Tim Crowley, managing director, La Mare Vineyards

Mid-Market Jamie Christon, managing director, Chester Zoo

Large Company Janet McCollum, chief executive, Moy Park

Non-Executive Director Chris Brindley, chairman (NED), GreaterSport

Disability Confident Mike Adams, chief executive, Purple

Overall IoD Director of the Year 2018 Claire Horton, chief executive, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home

IoD Director of the Year Awards 2017 – highly commended directors

Public & Third Sector Suzanne Wylie, chief executive, Belfast City Council

Leadership in Corporate Responsibility Ian Finch, managing director, Mando

New Chartered Director Fred Langford, deputy CEO, Internet Watch Foundation; Derek Millar, CEO, The Catholic National Mutual

Young Director Adeem Younis, founder & chairman, Penny Appeal

Student Owen Judge, founder and developer, Xpenses Made Easy

SME Director Norah-Anne Barron, managing director, Pi Communications; Adrian Powell, managing director, Active Facilities Management

Mid-Market Bridie Warner-Adsetts, Chief Operating Officer, Naylor Industries

Large Company David Hurcomb, chief executive, NG Bailey Group

Overall IoD Director of the Year, highly commended Janet McCollum, chief executive, Moy Park

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Chris Maxwell

Chris Maxwell

Director’s editor spent nine years interviewing TV and film stars for Sky before joining the IoD in 2011 and turning the microphone on Britain’s business leaders. Since then he’s grilled everyone from Boris to Branson and, away from work, maintains an unhealthy obsession with lower league football.

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