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Director of the Year Awards UK Final 2017

22 Sep 2017
The London Lancaster Hotel, London

This popular awards ceremony taking place on 22 September 2017 at the prestigious Lancaster London Hotel, celebrates directors at the forefront of leadership excellence.

The Director of the Year Awards UK Final is held every year because we believe in the value of leadership. In big corporates, small businesses, the public sector and charities, the difference between success and failure is leadership. Directors who win these awards have been recognised as the best in their field by the organisation for business leaders, the IoD.

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Key details

Date & time: 22 Sep 2017 12:30 - 17:00
Location: The London Lancaster Hotel, London
CPD Hours:

Prices from

150.00 GBP + VAT - Single ticket

Event manager:
Laura Jumnoodoo
Contact phone:
0207 766 8817


Joe Lynam, BBC Business Presenter/Correspondent

Joe Lynam BBC

He joined the BBC as a junior 'meet ‘n greet' in 2001 but has risen to become one of the most respected correspondents for business and economics news across all the BBC’s national and global outlets. Joe features regularly on the main One, Six and Ten O’clock TV news bulletins, BBC World News, Radio Five Live as well as regularly presenting the business news on Radio 4’s flagship Today programme.

Joe was awarded the prestigious ‘Wincott Prize’ for journalism in 2016. He was was shortlisted for the ‘Journalist of the Year’ award by the Royal Statistical Society as well as ‘Broadcaster of the Year’ at the Headline Money Awards

Table bookings

If you would like to book tables of eight, 10 or 12, please contact us by email - or by telephone 02077668919.


Leadership in Corporate Responsibility Director of the Year

  • Ian White Managing, Director, Beckett Investment Management Group Limited
  • Nicholas Mercer, Commercial Director, Eurostar International Ltd
  • Ian Finch, Managing Director, Mando
  • Andrew Scott, Managing Director, Ascot Group
  • Patrick Nash, Chief Executive, Connect Assist
  • Carol Shanahan, Managing Directors, Synectics Solutions

Early Stage Business Director of the Year

  • Tom Fletcher, Managing Director, Cambridge,  Jackson Fire & Security
  • James Thompson, Managing Director, Spokes of Bagshot
  • Sue Coulson, Director, Coulson Associates Ltd
  • Sonia Cottom, Director, Pain Association Scotland

Family Business Director of the Year

  • Steve Miller, Managing Director, The Workplace Depot
  • Tom Davis, Managing Director, Davis Construction
  • Jane Montague, Director, Majestic Publications Ltd
  • Gareth Loye, CEO, M&M Contractors & Mascott Construction
  • Chris Macnamara, Owner, The Brogue Trader
  • Kate Beardmore, HR Director, Synectics Solutions

International Company Director of the Year

  • Steven Pearce, Managing Director, Omega Ingredients
  • Paul Lindley, Founder & Chairman, Ella's Kitchen
  • Glenn Cooper, President, ATG Access
  • Colin Williams, Creative Director, Sixteen South
  • Merle Hall, Managing Director, Kinneir Dufort

Large Company Director of the Year

  • Paul Savery, Managing Director & Country Manager, Barclays
  • Ian McLaren, Finance and Contracts Director, London & Birmingham Railway Ltd
  • Matthew Harris, Group Strategy & Risk Director, Costain Group plc
  • Janet McCollum, Chief Executive, Moy Park
  • Ian Graves, Director, European Business Development , National Grid
  • David Hurcomb, Chief Executive, NG Bailey Group Ltd
  • Herwig Vennekens, Managing Director, Dunhils (Pontefracts) plc (HARIB)

Mid-Market Company Director of the Year

  • Alan Hardy, Chairman/Owner, Paragon Interiors Group plc
  • Dr. Nik Kotecha, CEO, Morningside Pharmaceuticals Ltd
  • Shahid Sheikh, Managing Director, Clifton Packaging Group Ltd
  • Jacyn Heavens, CEO, Epos Now
  • Jamie Christon, Managing Director, Chester Zoo
  • Richard Anderson, CEO, Crawford Healthcare
  • Ross McMahon , CEO, Kendal Nutricare
  • Tina McKenzie, Group Managing Director, Staffline Ireland
  • Scott Liddle, Group Commercial Director, Acorn
  • Daniel Wilson, Managing Director, PSL
  • Bridie Warner-Adsetts, Chief Operating Officer, Naylor Industries plc
  • Dr. Adam Beaumont, CEO, AQL

Non-Executive Director of the Year

  • Chris Brindley, Chairman (NED), GreaterSport
  • Bryan Keating, Chair, Learning Pool
  • Dean Kavanagh, Foundation Director & Chairman, The Romero Catholic Academy
  • Qari Asim MBE, Imam & Senior Lawyer, Makkah Mosque & DLA Piper UK LLP

Public & Third Sector Director of the Year

  • Mike Hughes, Chief Executive, TwentyTwenty
  • Alex Till, Chief Executive, Menta The Suffolk Enterprise Agency
  • Charlotte Valeur, Founder & Chairman, Board Apprentice
  • Claire Horton, Chief Executive, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home
  • Tom Campbell, Chief Executive, North Highland Initiative
  • Declan Cunnane, Chief Executive, Northern Ireland Chest Heart & Stroke
  • Suzanne Wylie, Chief Executive, Belfast City Council
  • Theresa Shearer, CEO, ENABLE Scotland
  • Louise Mitchell, CEO, Bristol Music Trust
  • Marie Bawden, Chief Executive, Castel Froma
  • Gregory Chauvet, Managing Director, Glasgow Bike Station
  • Matthew Cole, Managing Director, Gofal Enterprises Limited

SME Company Director of the Year

  • Cameron Ford, Managing Director, Reflect Recruitment Group
  • Charlie Dalton, Managing Director, Smart Garden Offices
  • Tim Crowley, Managing Director, La Mare Vineyards Ltd
  • Adrian Powell, Managing Director, Active Facilities Management
  • Norah Anne Barron, Managing Director, Pi Communications
  • David Gilroy, Director, Conscious Solutions
  • James Smith, CEO & Co-Founder, DevOpGuys
  • Andy Wilkinson, Managing Director, OWB
  • Debbie Heald, Managing Director, Heald Ltd
  • Geoff Shepherd, Managing Director, iSource Group/The Yorkshire Mafia
  • Jennifer MacKenzie-Hallwood, Managing Director, TEFL Org UK

Young Director of the Year

  • Marc Wileman, Director, Sublime Science
  • Matt Wheatcroft, Founder & Managing Director, Purpose Media
  • Stuart Grainger, Managing Director, FWD-IP Ltd
  • Gary O'Connor, Director, Estera Trust (Isle of Man) Limited
  • Pippa Davidson, Head of Funds , Fairway Fund Services Limited
  • Julianne Ponan, Owner & CEO, Creative Nature
  • Carlos Oliveira, CEO & Founder Shaping Cloud
  • Robert McConnell, Director (Engineering and Operations), CCP Gransden
  • Simon Brown, Founder & Managing Director, ForrestBrown
  • Rob Dance, CEO & Founder, RockIT Ltd
  • Ahmed Farooq, Chief Financial Officer, Wesleyan
  • Adeem Younis, Founder & Chairman, Penny Appeal

Award categories

Overall Winner Director of the Year

Sponsored by Centre for Board Excellence and Nasdaq 

This award is for the overall Director of the Year. The winner will be a director who has shown outstanding leadership in the face of either difficult internal issues or tough market conditions, and who is able to point to outstanding achievements in their business during the course of the previous 12 months. Finalists for this award will be the winners of the other categories at the ceremony.

Large Company Director of the Year

Open to directors of companies with an annual turnover of over £100million.

Mid-Market Director of the Year

The judges will be looking for an individual who demonstrates deep industry expertise, is respected by their peers and with the imagination and courage to be a true growth champion for the business and market segment in which they operate. Open to all directors of companies with an annual turnover of £10-£99.9 million.

SME Company Director of the Year

Sponsored by Hiscox

Open to directors of companies with an annual turnover of under £10million.

Family Business Director of the Year

Entrants for this award will be directors in second-generation or more family businesses and will have responded to the specific challenges that face directors in such well-established family firms.

Young Director of the Year

To enter for this award, directors must be under the age of 42 and must be able to point to outstanding achievements at work in the previous 12 months.

Early Stage Business Director of the Year 

This award is open to anyone whose business has been up and running for 3 years or less. We will be looking for candidates leading scaling and scalable businesses, who are also developing innovative products and business models.  

Public & Third Sector Director of the Year

This award is open to all directors whose organisation is either non-profit, which directly contributes to the good of the community or one that is funded, owned or subsidised by national or local government. 

International Director of the Year

Open to all directors in UK-based companies with overseas sales. The entrant must be able to show that a minimum of 25% of the company’s turnover comes from overseas sales (outside of the UK) and must be successful in exporting, and committed to continued growth in the international arena.

Leadership in Corporate Responsibility Director of the Year

Open to those directors who are able to demonstrate that, through their direct actions and leadership, their business has made a positive impact on the local community wider society and/or the environment.

Non-executive Director of the Year

Sponsored by Centre for Board Excellence and Nasdaq

This award seeks to recognise the important role that non-executive directors can play on a board of a company, regardless of its size. The entrants will hold a non-executive director position within a company, public or third sector organisation and be able to highlight the role that they have played in its overall success and growth.

New Chartered Director of the Year

This award recognises the best new Chartered Director (CDir) elected in the past 12 months. Selection for this award is based purely on the marks and grades achieved through the examination and interview process.

Student Member of the Year Award

This award is focused on recognising students who have implemented brilliant and innovative projects that have created real tangible value for a particular audience and fall into one of the following three categories:

  • Start up business project
  • A project developed in an academic career which had commercial viability
  • A project in the course of employment that added value to the company



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Award category sponsorship is a great opportunity to associate your brand with an Awards programme that is based on exemplary leadership, innovation and corporate governance. Sponsors also have the opportunity to meet, influence and establish relationships with some of the brightest business brains representing blue-chip, FTSE and SME businesses in the UK.


Prices from

150.00 GBP + VAT - Single ticket


  • The London Lancaster Hotel
  • Lancaster Terrace
  • London
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