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.
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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