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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. 

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Director of the Year – Award Winners Announced

The winners of the 2014 London and the South East Director of the Year Awards were announced, on the evening of 22nd April, at a Gala Awards Dinner held in the impressive Nash Room at the Institute of Directors in Pall Mall, London.

Over 200 finalists and guests attended the sell-out evening where Jeremy Vine gave a thoroughly entertaining update on the election and politics right now followed by some hilarious real life stories drawn from his radio programme.  He closed by congratulating the finalists and all the other business leaders and past winners in the room – as it was their  collective drive and leadership that would be so important to the future economic prosperity of the UK.

With anticipation mounting, the evening moved on to the introduction of the finalists in each category followed by the announcement of the Winners.

With thanks our panel of fifteen Judges, and congratulations to all the finalists, the Winners were announced as follows:

Gareth RogersDirector of the Year - Large Company
Gareth Rogers - St. Mary’s Football Group (Southampton FC)

Jill WhittakerDirector of the Year - Medium Company (Joint Winners)

Jill Whittaker - HIT Training


Director of the Year - Medium Company (Joint Winners)

Mark Smith - The Car Finance Company

Matt-LumbDirector of the Year – Small Company
Peter Webb - Electronic Temperature Instruments Ltd.

Matt-LumbDirector of the Year International Business
Matt Lumb - Tangle Teezer

Jacqueline-O'DonovanDirector of the Year - Family Business
Jacqueline O’Donovan - O’Donovan Waste Disposal Ltd.

James-WoollardDirector of the Year – Chairman’s Award for Corporate Social Responsibility
James Woollard - Polythene UK Ltd.

Zoe-PowersYoung Director of the Year 
Zoe Powers - GLH Ltd.

Julie-HopesDirector of the Year – Public and Third Sector
Julie Hopes - Conservation Volunteers

This year’s Winners now go forward to represent London and South East in the UK Director of the Year Finals, taking place in October, when they will be judged against the best from every other part of the UK.

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