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The South Region of the Institute of Directors has around 12,000 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. 

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This year saw a record number of nearly 400 Nominations leading to another record off over 100 entries. 

Our congratulation go out to all who made an entry with the Judges task not getting any easier - with them reporting back on excellent entries and some very difficult final decisions in their respective Category(ies).

With that, decisions have been made and we are delighted to announce the Finalists for the 2014 London and South East Director of the Year Awards.


Director of the Year – Turnover up to £9.99m

Patrick Eve - TranslateMedia Ltd
Hugh Griffiths - Inzpire Limited
Peter Webb - Electronic Temperature Instruments Ltd
James Woollard - Polythene UK Ltd

Director of the Year – Turnover £10m - £99m

Gill Riley - GGR Group
Mark Smith - The Car Finance Company
Jill Whittaker - HIT Training Ltd

Director of the Year – Turnover over £100m

Karl Bygrave - Lush
Joy Chamberlain - Partnerships in Care
Gareth Rogers - St Marys Football Group Limited (Southampton Football Club Group)

Director of the Year – Chairman’s Award (for CSR)

Mark Lumsdon -Taylor - The Hadlow Group
Zoe Powers - GLH Ltd
James Woollard - Polythene UK Ltd

Director of the Year – Family Business

Stefano Cuomo - Macknade Fine Foods
Jacqueline O’Donovan - O'Donovan Waste Disposal Ltd
Zoe Powers - GLH Ltd
Jarl Severn - Owen Mumford Ltd

Director of the Year – International

Karl Bygrave - Lush
Matt Lumb - Tangle Teezer
Peter Webb - Electronic Temperature Instruments Ltd
Director of the Year – Public and Third Sector

Andrew Carter - South Farnham School
Julie Hopes - The Conservation Volunteers
Michele Jennings - Hearing Dogs for Deaf People

Director of the Year – Young Director

Claire Edmunds - Clarify Solution Selling Ltd (Clarify)
Mark Lumsdon –Taylor - The Hadlow Group
Julianne Ponan - Creative Nature
Zoe Powers - GLH Ltd

The Winners to be announced at the Gala Awards Dinner, on the evening of Wednesday 22nd April 2015.

Jeremy Vine announced as Gala Awards Dinner Speaker

Jeremy Vine

Recognised as one of the top After Dinner Speakers in the UK, we are delighted to announce that journalist, broadcaster, former BBC Presenter of Newsnight and Panorama, Jeremy Vine, has agreed to both present and speak at the London and South East Gala Awards Dinner on the evening of Wednesday 22nd April 2015.

Jeremy established his reputation as a smooth-talking but tough presenter on Newsnight, Political correspondent at Westminster, reporter on the Today programme and Africa correspondent based in Johannesburg.  He now presents his own show at lunchtime on Radio 2, hosts Eggheads, Points of View and pops up with a range of graphic wizardry whenever there’s an election. He is also one of only four presenters in the history of Panorama, the world’s oldest award-winning current affairs programme.

His early career was as a news trainee. His first reporting assignments were on Radio 4′s Today programme. He then took up the reins as a political correspondent. Jeremy has won several awards during his career. In 2000, he won the Amnesty International Radio Award and more recently has been recognised for his achievements in the Sony Radio Academy Awards (the equivalent of the radio Oscars). He will be in charge of the BBCs ‘Swingometer’ during this year’s election evening broadcast.

Guests are in for a real and entertaining treat so, now is the time to reserve your tickets and invite  clients and guests to this great evening.

Gala Awards Dinner – Tickets now sold out

London and South East Director of the Year Awards Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony

We invite you to join us at one of the most important events in the UK’s business Calendar.

Set in the magnificent Nash and Waterloo Rooms, at the Institute of Directors in Pall Mall, London, on Wednesday 22nd April 2015.

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Nash Room Small

Now fully established as one of the UK’s leading awards, this Black Tie event is guaranteed to provide the ideal opportunity to entertain both clients and guests.

The evening provides a great opportunity to invite clients and guests to a truly superb evening and offers the opportunity to mix with and hear from other business leaders from across London and the South East; together the ‘Powerhouse’ of the UK’s economy.

It will commence with a drinks Reception followed by a superb meal, provided by the IoD’s Executive Chef, Roger Evans.

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