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Claire Horton named winner at IoD Director of the Year Awards

16 May 2017

Claire Horton, winner at the IoD South Director of the Year Awards

Claire Horton, Chief Executive of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home is celebrating after winning ‘Public/Third Sector Director of the Year’ at the IoD Director of the Year Awards for London and South East 2017.

Claire was presented with her award, on Wednesday evening at the iconic 116 Pall Mall, by Helen Ryan, Director at HR Insight. Claire commented: “I am thrilled and humbled to have won this award and feel deeply honoured to be in the company of some of the UK's most successful business leaders. These IoD awards are not just about celebrating individuals, every business leader is only as good as the teams they work with, so these awards are very much about them too - they are a celebration of the people who bring the passion, commitment, knowledge and expertise that make UK organisations the successes they are.”

The awards, hosted by Television presenter Declan Curry, celebrate the exemplary leaders who are doing great work across London and the South East of England, rewarding individuals who display professionalism, diligence and creativity to inspire employees.

Alan Fitzwater, Director of Regional Engagement at the IoD said of the awards: “2017 saw a record number of entries made in the IoD South East & London awards, with over 500 businesses being initially considered for our 10 categories, the standard remains as high as ever. The award finalists represent the best of business across the South East, with SME’s, International businesses and start-ups all well-represented.”

Claire feels rightfully proud having faced down stiff competition from across many industries with Alan Fitzwater commenting on the nominees: “All are singularly tenacious, driven, innovative and successful, and all of them share the desire to promote good governance, deliver strong and collaborative leadership, a consideration for corporate social responsibility, and a recognition of the role the team plays in the businesses achievements. Our finalists are all Directors of high-performing businesses, and we recognise their successes in turning the wheels that drive the engine powering the South East business economy, and as inspirational champions of business.”

Media Contact: Alison Shadrack, Adia PR
Phone: 07794 540221 / 01787 221875

About Claire Horton

Claire joined Battersea in 2010, increasing income, awareness and profile, and taking the charity to 10th place in the UK charity rankings. She was previously CEO of the Variety Club of Great Britain. Claire is a specialist in building cross-sector partnerships, brand marketing, income generation and organisational growth. She has an honorary doctorate from the University of Roehampton and is a fellow of the RSA and the Institute of Directors.

About IoD Awards - Stephen Martin, Director General, Institute of Directors

Our awards seek to shine a light on directors who have enhanced and driven their businesses forward. The contenders come from different organisations but all share similarities in leadership, expertise and personal dedication.

During this critical period of political change, we will need to see ingenuity and tenacity displayed by professional leaders. The vibrancy and diversity of the businesses here gives me cause to be hopeful of the strength of British industries. Over the coming years the IoD will continue to provide the necessary support and guidance to members, while seeking to put the business perspective to government as Brexit negotiations take place.

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