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DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR AWARDS 2021


Our Annual Midlands Director of the Year Awards took place on Thursday 4th November 2021 to highlight and celebrate business excellence and the significant contributions leaders make to the social, environmental, and economic prosperity in the community. It was a great celebration of success and leadership talent; the awards gave the business community a chance to acknowledge the excellence and professionalism we have here in the Midlands.  

Congratulations to all our finalists, highly commended and winners! We recognise your monumental efforts, and it is inspiring to have so many innovative and resilient business leaders in the Midlands. It was fantastic to celebrate with you at our hybrid ceremony which took place at the Planetarium Space Centre in Leicester, The Grand Hotel in Birmingham and through our online portal.   

Once again congratulations!  

If you are interested in getting involved with the Director of the Year Award 2022, whether taking part as an entrant or sponsoring a category, please contact frances.fairclough@iod.com. 

Award winners were announced by this year’s category sponsors: IoD Young Directors, Rational FX, Man Protection Limited, Nottingham Business School, Elonex, Morningside Pharmaceuticals, Chamber Media Services, Nelsons Solicitors, KryptoKloud, The Grand Hotel and DRP.  

The Winners Are: 

Young Director of the Year Award – Adam Kiani, Personal Trainer Ltd trading as PT Academy, West Midlands 

Agility & Resilience Director of the Year Award – Marisa Firkins, Safety Forward Limited, West Midlands 
Start-up Director of the Year Award – Matthew Bacon, TCC Casemix, East Midlands 
Sustainability Director of the Year Award – Dale Parmenter, DRPG, West Midlands 
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Director of the Year Award– Sue Liburd, ABSTRACT, East Midlands 

Innovation Director of the Year Award – Matthew Bacon, TCC Casemix, East Midlands 

Corporate Social Responsibility Director of the Year Award – Dale Parmenter, DRPG, West Midlands AND Bushra Ali, Bushra Ali Solicitors, East Midlands 
Family Director of the Year Award – Ashish Kumar, Web Alliance, East Midlands 
SME Director of the Year Award – Alex Roberts, Forest Holidays, East Midlands 
Non-Executive Director of the Year Award – Shameem Kazmi – Birmingham County Football Association (Supported by Britvic PLC), West Midlands 
Public Sector Director of the Year Award – Kerrin Wilson, Lincolnshire Police, East Midlands 
Third Sector Director of the Year Award –  Andrew Thompson, Groundwork West Midlands, West Midlands  

The Chair's Award for Excellence for the East Midlands went to Kerrin Wilson, and the West Midlands Chair's Award for Excellence went to Professor Paul Cadman. 


The Highly Commended are: 

Sustainability Director of the Year Award  – Lee Marshall, Viridis Building Services Limited, East Midlands 
Innovation Director of the Year Award – Tom Marsden, Lincoln College Group, East Midlands 
Corporate Social Responsibility Director of the Year Award – Emma Hallam, Alex’s Wish, East Midlands 
Family Director of the Year Award – Julie Jordan-Spence, Jordan Motors LTD, East Midlands 

Non-Executive Director of the Year Award – Philip Brooks- Stephenson, Backlit, East Midlands