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IoD West Midlands - Director of the Year Awards 2018

19 Jun 2018
Edgbaston Stadium , Birmingham

Book your tickets to the event of the year now!

The finalists for the Annual IoD West Midlands Director of the Year Awards 2018 have been chosen!

The West Midlands Director of the Year Awards has grown over the past 15 years to represent the pinnacle of leadership and business excellence highlighting the significant contribution business leaders can make to society and the economic prosperity in our region. Directors from diverse regional businesses have been recognised at these prestigious awards.

Join the vibrant atmosphere at the impressive Edgbaston Stadium and be inspired by this year’s finalists who have shown business excellence, ambition, commitment, innovation and strong leadership qualities.

This champagne breakfast will also be the last engagement for our current chair,
Dr Jason Wouhra OBE, who will hand over the baton to our incoming chair.

We are delighted to announce that our Patrons, Qatar Airways, have kindly donated two Business Class tickets to the overall winner of the West Midlands Director of the Year Awards. 
No strangers to awards ceremonies, Qatar Airways won both the Airline of the Year and the World’s Best Business Class  categories at the Skytrax World Airline Awards 2017.
Flying from Birmingham Airport, the lucky winner and their guest will be able to fly anywhere in the Qatar Airways network to experience the award winning service themselves.

The morning will commence with a champagne reception at 7.30am followed by a full English breakfast.The awards presentations will take place from 8.30am and we aim to finish by 10am.

Book now to secure your place and join us for this extra special celebration.

Key details

Date & time: 19 Jun 2018 07:30 - 10:00
Location: Edgbaston Stadium , Birmingham
CPD Hours:

Prices from

40.00 GBP + VAT - Member
40.00 GBP + VAT - Non-Member
360.00 GBP + VAT - Table of 9
400.00 GBP + VAT - Table of 10

Event manager:
Ms Sue Hurrell
Contact phone:
Contact email:

A celebration of leadership talent, success and achievement

Our finalists are:

Clive Bawden, Look After Business Ltd
Richard Bisiker, British Microlight Aircraft Association
Shindar Chall, Superior Care (Midlands) Ltd
Tina  Costello, Heart of England Community Foundation
Henry Deakin, Deakin & Francis Ltd
Angus Drummond, Limitless Travel
Dawn Hands, Bostock Marketing Group Ltd
Richard Jenkins, Rubery Owen
Dean Kavanagh, Geotechnical Instruments (UK) Ltd
Adam Kiani, Personal Trainer Ltd 
Richard Lane, EBC Group
Paul Latham, P B Training Ltd
Don Lee, Devoch Ltd
Michael Leonard, Building Alliance Community Interest Co
Neil Lloyd, FBC Manby Bowdler LLP
Andrea Magrini, Magrini (UK) Ltd
Neil Male, GMS Group of Companies
James McLaughlin, Cure Leukaemia
Phil Neale, Snoozle
Dr Andy Palmer, Aston Martin
Arjun Panesar,
Ruth Pipkin, Rewired PR
Kutty Prabakaran, Enzen Global Services
Rebecca Simkiss, Simkiss Guy Recruitment Ltd
Andy Smart, Openwork Holdings Ltd
Zeynep Turudi, Truede Ltd
Carmen Watson, Per Temps
Stefan Wesley, Sigma Digital Ltd
Michael Whitehouse, Vintage Trains Charitable Trust

There are 10 categories this year:

Director of the Year -SME

Director of the Year - Non-Exec

This award recognises individuals that have made significant contribution to the organisation’s strategy, impacted on the financial success of the company, demonstrated high ethical standards and promoted the practice of good corporate governance.

Director of the Year - Early-Stage Business

This award celebrates the potential that exists within leaders of the UK’s most promising start-ups. Focusing on the market opportunity identified, the model to capitalise on it, and how it has been executed within the first 18 months of trading.

Director of the Year - Public/Third Sector

Open to directors whose business is a charity or not-for-profit organisation, which can generate a surplus, but exists to service the good of the community.

Director of the Year - Global

This award recognises international business leader with credible development plans in place to build on its company’s success. The leader will operate across borders and could be in any industry sector, but is likely to be gaining market share due to strong international growth from a great product or service.

Director of the Year - Inclusivity

This award recognises leaders who can demonstrate that they have specific initiatives already in place to promote diversity and inclusion.

Director of the Year – Innovation

This award recognises leaders that have developed an innovative and transformational idea that displays creative thinking and that has beaten the competition and been developed and applied to improve commercial performance, operational effectiveness or customer engagement.

Director of the Year – Corporate Social Responsibility

This award is aimed at leaders who can demonstrate how they integrate the success and smooth running of their business with a strong sense of responsibility and consideration for their role as a corporate citizen.

Director of the Year - Family Business

This award recognises individuals in second-generation or more, family businesses who have responded to the specific challenges that face directors in family firms and who have contributed to the success of the diverse, dynamic and innovative family business sector.

Chairman’s Award for Excellence in Director and Board Practice

This award is the highest accolade in the Director of the Year Awards, recognising the personal imprint of the UK’s most high profile leaders on the culture and success of their organisation’s through the implementation of good governance.

Qatar Airways Prize for the
Overall Director of the Year

Qatar Airways, Patrons of IoD West Midlands, have generously offered two return Business Class tickets to the winner of the Overall Director of the Year at the West Midlands DOTY awards on 19th June 2018.

Flying from Birmingham Airport, the winner and their guest can fly to anywhere within the Qatar Airways network, to experience its award winning service.

The winner will be notified at the awards breakfast on 19 June 2018 where they will meet a representative of Qatar Airways who will provide details of how they can book their flights.

Terms & Conditions

Both the prize winner and their travelling companion must be aged 18 or over
The winner must be one of those travelling 
Travel must be completed no later than 19 June 2019.  If travel has not been redeemed within this time period, the travel voucher shall be deemed null and void.
The tickets are not transferable or exchangeable and cannot be taken as cash. 
The prize does not include taxes, any accommodation or transfers


Dr Rachel New is a West Midlands based writer and radio broadcaster. Best known for her work on Heart Breakfast and Kerrang Radio, she is now is a regular presenter on BBC WM and hosts the Freeradio 80’s breakfast show. In 2017 Rachel gained her PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Birmingham, has twice been writer in residence for the Birmingham Literature Festival and continues to work with them each year. 





Prices from

40.00 GBP + VAT - Member
40.00 GBP + VAT - Non-Member
360.00 GBP + VAT - Table of 9
400.00 GBP + VAT - Table of 10


Bookings cancelled within 7 days will not be refunded
  • Edgbaston Stadium
  • Edgbaston Road
  • Birmingham
  • B5 7QU

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