About us 

The South Region of the Institute of Directors has around 10,000 members spread over a geographical area stretching from Banbury in the north to Dover in the east.

The region is ‘home’ to a wide diversity of businesses and one of high output and achievement where the activities of the Region and its 8 Branches provide an excellent platform for discussion and development of ideas. All business interests are represented in its membership.

It is responsible for the development and management of a programme of strategic events and seminars across the region including highly prestigious events such as the annual London and South East Director of the Year Awards.

Could you be our next Regional Treasurer?

The opportunity will soon arrive to become the next Treasurer for the IoD South Region - from July of this year.

The post is voluntary and works with the Regional Director and Regional Office  to receive and interpret the monthly accounts from the Finance Department in Pall Mall and make sure these are circulated, to the Finance Officer, in each of our eight Branches.

The successful person will also be a full member of the IoD South Regional Committee who meet four times a year.

If you are interested in knowing more about this opportunity, in the fist instance, please contact the IoD South Regional Office.

London and the South East Director of the Year Awards

Awards Gala Dinner

The Institute of Directors Director of the Year Awards celebrate the very best in UK business. They are a public recognition of the key role that directors play, not only in the UK’s economy but also in job preservation and creation. They place emphasis on individual excellence and achievement.

The Awards were open to all Directors (or equivalent level position), both IoD members and non-members, from within the private, public and voluntary sectors, across the whole of London and the South East of England.


Congratulations to the following who have made it to the finals of the London and South East Director of the Year Awards 2015. The Winners will be announced at the Awards Gala Dinner and Ceremony on 28th April 2016.

Director of the Year – Chairman’s Award (for CSR)
Catherine Empringham    - Ella's Kitchen
Martin Hellawell – Softcat
Piers Clark - Isle Utilities
Surinder Arora - The Arora Group

Director of the Year – International
Mark Hampton - Collinson Group
Peter Digby - Xtrac Ltd
Richard Thompson - RWS Holdings Plc

Director of the Year – Public and Third Sector
Clive Stone - Oakleaf Enterprise
Dina Henry - CAF Bank Limited
Sue Threader - Rochester Bridge Trust

Director of the Year – Young Director
Daniel Allin - Diamond Logistics Limited
Emily Kettle - Facts International
Ross Williams - Venntro Media Group Ltd

Director of the Year – Turnover up to £9.99m
Jane Michell - Jane Plan LTD
Steve Coburn - Project Five Ltd
Adam Coxen - Blue Forest Ltd

Director of the Year – Turnover £10m - £99m
Adrian Moorhouse - Lane4 Management Group Ltd
Kevin Byrne - Checkatrade
Justin Bass - Sketch Sutdios Ltd

Director of the Year – Turnover £100m - £299m
Jonathan Neame - Shepherd Neame Limited
Surinder Arora - The Arora Group
Tim Jones - CH & Co Group

Director of the Year – Turnover over £300m
Kuljinder Bahia - Southall Travel Limited
Martin Hellawell - Softcat
Romana Abdin - Simplyhealth

The Gala Awards Dinner

Tickets for the London and South East Director of The Year Awards are now available.  To find out more please click here. To reserve your tickets/table, simply contact the Awards booking office at: or call 023 8026 6548.


We are delighted to announce that Jeremy Vine, one of the most sought after TV and Radio personalities and entertaining after Dinner speaker, has agreed to join us as our Guest Speaker and Presenter for the evening.

Director Briefings

Welcome to 2016 and to a new single programme of events, covering the whole of the south east, for members and guests of the Institute of Directors.

We have looked at where our members are based or live and created and more geographically balanced programme to make each location and event more easily accessible without overly long journeys.

We are also responding to recent surveys of members who overwhelmingly wanted events focused on and around their professional development so, you will also see far more events focused in this area.

Going under the generic title Director Briefings each will focus down on a key business subject/area with most having an expert speaker attending in support.

Please look out for the new Events Programme leaflet covering all events due out in the first week of January 2016 – remembering that ALL events are open to all members of the IoD - wherever you live or work.

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