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Nominations open as IoD East Midlands starts its search for top director

24 Jan 2020

Nominations open as IoD East Midlands starts its search for top director

Our highly prized award winners will be named at a special lunch on 18th June at Winstanley House, Leicester. You can nominate a fellow director for any of our categories or enter yourself. Entry is easy: just log on to the special page of the IoD East Midlands website and follow the links. You can save your application as you go along until you’re totally satisfied – but you’ve got to get it in to us by Friday, April 3 2020. Once the closing date is reached, successful entries will be scrutinised by our judging panel, with award winners named on June 18. All winners from the region will automatically go through to the national IoD awards, to be held in London in the autumn.

What categories are available?

Family Business

This award recognises individuals in 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.

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

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


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


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. The company must be trading a minimum of 30% of its business outside of the country it is registered in.

Non-Executive Director

The economic stresses of recent years and the ever-growing demands for responsible governance have resulted in a fundamental shift in the requirements of the Non-Executive Directors (NEDs) role.

Social Value and Sustainability

Impact 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 corporate values.


This award celebrates founders/ co-founders of the UK’s most promising start-ups. The focus is on the market opportunity identified, the model to capitalise on it and how it has been executed within the first three years of trading. 

Young Director

This award recognises upcoming leaders who have demonstrated excellent entrepreneurial potential, ability, ambition, creativity and vision in new or established businesses who have operated at director level for less than two years.

Public Sector

This award is open to leaders of public services including public agencies, national bodies and governmental departments who can demonstrate how to get the best out of others’ professional expertise and their contribution to civic society.

Third Sector

This award is open to executive directors of charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises whose business is a not-for-profit.  Entrants will be required to demonstrate how they live by the values of the organisation and the voluntary sector, and as innovative and effective communicators to achieve organisational goals. 

Director of the Year - Small-Medium Business (below £50 million t/o)

This award is designed to celebrate those directors working in a business that employs under 250 employees and has an annual turnover of less than £50 million.  This award will go to the business that can show outstanding initiative, boldness and imagination in the enterprise, as well as sound management practices.

Director of the Year - Large Business (£50 million + t/o)

This award is designed to celebrate those directors working in a large business that has an annual turnover of more than £50 million.  Judges will look at how financial targets and KPIs have been met/exceeded, the vision for growth, innovation and the leader’s understanding of key challenges, customers and the competitive landscape.

Chair’s Award for Excellence in Director and Board Practice

This award is the highest accolade at 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 organisations through outstanding professionalism and the implementation of best practice in governance and leadership. You cannot apply for this award; it is at the discretion of the Regional Chair.

Sponsorship Opportunities

By partnering with our awards, your company will receive all the brand awareness and accreditation of being associated with the IoD. You will forge new relationships with key business targets – entrants, finalists, winners, partners and the wider IoD membership. The event will also provide you and your team with an exceptional hospitality opportunity. Our annual Awards have grown over the past years to represent the pinnacle of leadership and business excellence, highlighting the significant contribution business leaders can make to society and economic prosperity.

• Gain credibility and prestige

• Align with a campaign run by the only organisation to represent and set standards for directors.

• Align with excellence

• Sponsoring the Awards is an unparalleled opportunity to engage with key business communities, position your brand and network.

Want to get involved? Then contact Cari or Sue at IoD East Midlands office.

Contact IoD East Midlands

For more information, please contact

0121 281 5530

East Midlands

Branch and staff contacts can be found on the main Contacts tab

IoD East Midlands
Nottingham Trent University,
Burton Street,

Sponsors and Partners 

Take a look at the organisations that sponsor the IoD East Midlands, and find information about our sponsorship packages. 

More information click here