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IoD Yorkshire & North East Director of the Year Awards 2018

05 Jul 2018
Principal York, York

The IoD Yorkshire & North East Director of the Year Awards 2018 

Our annual Yorkshire & North East Director of the Year Awards has grown over the 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.

The event will provide you and your team with an exceptional hospitality opportunity at the awards ceremony, taking place on Thursday 5th July 2018 at the Principal York

Book your tickets to the Awards Dinner now!

Celebrate with our 2018 regional finalists

Director of the Year - Global
David Langworth Chairman NM Group
Ravi Sharma Director Pet Brands Limited

Director of the Year - SME
Duncan Oakes Sales Director ClearPoint Recycling Ltd
Adeem Younis Chairman Penny Appeal
Sunny Sharma Director Pet Brands
David Winton Chief Executive Officer The Energy Check
Sunny Sharma Director Paramount Retail Group
Laura Bartlett Director House of Coco Ltd

Director of the Year - Family
Naveen Ahmed Managing Director The Parklane Group
James Biggin Managing Director Steel City Marketing Ltd
Jason Mace Managing Director Gala Tent Ltd

Director of the Year - Start-Up
Simon Edwards Co-founder & Operations Director LightStart
Ahmad Akhtar CEO The Scan Room Ltd 
Ben Maughan Managing Director Epic Social Limited
Claire Shakespeare Founder & Director Butterfly Tree
Ben Barker Managing Director Artemis Brew Ltd

Director of the Year - New
Dr William Beer  Managing Director Tunley Engineering
Sally Hart Operations Director George F White LLP
Nicholas Oates Director Fabricom Offshore Services
Lisa Harvey Marketing Director GRO Marketing Ltd
Jason Taylor  Managing Director Pugata

Director of the Year  - Public / Third Sector
Kathryn Lavery Chairman Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust
Tracey Moore Group Development Manager PNE Group
Kash Singh Founder, Director & CEO One Britain One Nation OBON
Adeem Younis Chairman Penny Appeal
Patricia Alexander  Managing Director Shared Interest Society
Simon Wallis Director The Hepworth Wakefield
Claire Malcolm Chief Executive New Writing North
Jan Garrill Chief Executive Two Ridings Community Foundation

Director of the Year - Non-Executive
Kathryn Lavery Chairman Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust,
Colin Glass OBE  Partner WGN Business Advisors and Chartered Accountants
Jo Haigh  CEO FDS Director Services
Paul Bolton Non-Executive Director Relate Mid-Yorks

Director of the Year - Innovation
Aldo Monteforte  CEO & Founder The Floow Ltd
Daniel Lee-Bursnall Commercial Director Incremental Solutions Ltd
Alex Foreman Managing Director Total Recycling Services
Aidan Sunter  Director Epic Social Limited
Professor Gary Green Chief Technology Officer York Instruments
Jacqui Hall Managing Director CNG ltd
Charles Fawcett Founder & Managing Director Twisted Automotive
Alan Dempsey Managing Director Green Frog Genovate
Daniel Gill Founder & Creative Director    Dine Delivered
Lorraine Aikhanizadeh Marketing Director Kavendor Ltd
Martin Port Founder & CEO BigChange
Professor Adam Beaumont Chief Executive Officer aql

Director of the Year - Inclusivity
Tracy Wray Director of HR and Communications The University of Sheffield
Sharon Needle  Managing Director Needle Partners
Adeem Younis Chairman Penny Appeal

Director of the Year - CSR
Kate Krachai Director Quality Context
Geoff Shepherd Managing Director iSource Group / The Yorkshire Mafia
Jo Barnes Director Sewell Investments / Managing Director Shared Agenda Sewell Group        (includes Sewell Investments Ltd & Shared Agenda Solutions Ltd)
Clair Challenor-Chadwick Managing Director Cause UK
Martin Port Founder & CEO BigChange

Chairman's Award for Excellence in Director and Board Practice 

Heidi Mottram CEO  Northumbrian Water
Richard Harpin Founder & CEO  HomeServe plc 

The winner for each category will be named at the black-tie Awards Dinner at the Principal York hotel on 5 July and will go forward to represent the region at the national Director of the Year finals later in the year.

Key details

Date & time: 05 Jul 2018 19:00 - 23:00
Location: Principal York, York
CPD Hours:

Prices from

59.00 GBP + VAT - NS
79.00 GBP + VAT - Member ticket price
89.00 GBP + VAT - Non member ticket price
750.00 GBP + VAT - Member table of 10 price
850.00 GBP + VAT - Non member table of 10 price

Event manager:
Mrs Susanne Foxley
Contact phone:
Contact email:
  Simon Walton, managing partner at Berwick Partners, Leeds chaired the judging panel.  He said: “I’d like to thank my fellow judges for their efforts in choosing this year’s top directors. The standard of entries was excellent and we faced some very hard decisions. With the bar set high, I’m looking forward to an evening that celebrates business excellence on 5 July.”

We are delighted Danni Hewson Business Correspondent for BBC Radio Five Live will host the evening's
procedures and the entertainment will be provided  the magical Scott Perry one of the UK's top magicians and a leader in providing impeccable event entertainment and Cris Quammie The Soul Sensation.
  Scott Perry
Scott became a professional magician in 2012 with the support of the Prince’s Trust and since then has been mystifying guest of events for local, regional and global clients.    

 Cris Quammie  The Soul Sensation 
Singer, songwriter, producer and recording artist  

Programme for the evening; 

7.00pm Drinks Reception

7.20pm Call for Dinner

7.30pm Welcome and introductions
Dinner and presentation of Awards

10.55pm   Carriages


  Stephen Martin, Director General,  Institute of Directors


With thanks to partners & supporters 





Prices from

59.00 GBP + VAT - NS
79.00 GBP + VAT - Member ticket price
89.00 GBP + VAT - Non member ticket price
750.00 GBP + VAT - Member table of 10 price
850.00 GBP + VAT - Non member table of 10 price


  • Principal York
  • Station Road
  • York
  • YO24 1AA

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