North East

Representing approximately 500 members, the North East region is led by Chairman Graham Robb and Regional Secretary, Sukie Ranken, alongside a volunteer committee and other IoD staff who support local members and organise inspirational and valuable business events in the area.

Active within the local business community, the IoD North East host regular conferences, discussions, networking events and Director Development seminars to complement the various social gatherings taking place throughout the region.


Yorkshire and North East’s top directors revealed
Richard Tuplin
The Institute of Directors (IoD) has unveiled the shortlist of business leaders who will compete for its prestigious Director of the Year awards.

The winners will be revealed at a gala dinner at Leeds Civic Hall on 30 June 2016, hosted by broadcaster Danni Hewson. They will go forward to the national IoD Director of the Year finals.

The judging panel was chaired by Richard Tuplin, managing director of Jelf Insurance Partnership. He said: “These awards were devised to recognise the very best of the best and, once again, our shortlist is of the highest calibre. We’re looking forward to an excellent awards evening, where the region’s top businesses will gather to celebrate and recognise outstanding leadership in the boardroom.”

Entertainment at the awards will be provided by talented vocalist Beverley Savarin.

To book your place at the awards ceremony, please call 0113 243 0152 or email

Prices are £79 for members, £89 for non-members. A table of ten is £750 (members) or £850 (non-members).

Awards sponsors are: GE Capital, Leeds Beckett University, Leeds City Council, Topic UK, UKTI and Vista.

The shortlist is:

Yorkshire and the North East

Large Company
Herwig Vennekens, Dunhills (Pontefract) plc
Ibrahim Najafi, R&R Ice Cream
Gillian Southern MBE, Wessington Cryogenics Limited
Joanna Robinson, Mansfield Pollard & Co
Mohamed Aslam MBE, Aagrah Restaurant Group
Paul Teasdale, Premier Technical Services Group PLC
Ibrahim Najafi, R&R Ice Cream
Jon Geldart, Grant Thornton International
Public & Third Sector                                  
Ammar Mirza CBE, Asian Business Connexions CIC Limited
Helen Ball, Barnsley Civic Enterprise Ltd
Joanne Roney OBE, Wakefield Council
Tom Riordan, Leeds City Council
Yorkshire Small Company                                    
Keith Jackson, JRI Orthopaedics
Peter Brook, Oracle Asset Finance Limited
William Bottomley, Lifetime FM
William Sutton, Vista
North East Small Company  
Adrian Holland, Choice Future Planning Ltd
Daniel Robson, Green Digit Limited
Dean Benson, Visualsoft
Joanne Thompson, Penrillian
Yorkshire Young Director                                      
Adam Walsh, The Right Fuelcard Company
Craig Benton, The London Deli Co
Euan Craig, Exemplar Healthcare
Sinéad Sopala, Ramsdens Solicitors LLP
North East Young Director                                            
Dean Benson, Visualsoft
John Savage, Flame Heating Spares
Daniel Robson, Green Digit Limited
Non-Executive Director
Peter Wilkinson, Unison Ltd
Qari Asim MBE, Makkah Mosque and DLA Piper UK LLP
Terry Hodgkinson CBE DL, NCFE


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