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Winners Announced for IoD East Midlands Director of the Year Awards 2017

23 Jun 2017

IoD East Midlands, Director of the Year Awards 2017

Dr Nik Kotecha OBE, Chief Executive Officer of Morningside Pharmaceuticals Ltd, Leicestershire  was named as the Institute of Directors (IoD) East Midlands Director of the Year at an awards event today ( 23 June).

Praised by the judges for his vision of “making quality healthcare an affordable and accessible reality throughout the world” Nik Kotecha not only won the overall award but also the Corporate Responsibility and Large Company categories in the regional competition. He was presented with the Director of the Year Award by Mike Carr, Pro Vice-Chancellor of Nottingham Trent University.

There was a second double award winner from Leicestershire in Shahid Sheikh OBE, Managing Director, Clifton Packaging Group Ltd, who won both the International Award and the SME Medium Company category. Judges commented:  “Shahid has shown excellent strategic awareness in spotting the export opportunities and has a well thought through process for identifying and assessing ethical and like-minded partners.”

Category Winners by county

Leicestershire directors achieved six category wins in the awards and the overall East Midlands Director of the Year Award.

They included: Mike Hughes,Chief Executive of Twenty Twenty, who won the Public/Third Sector category; Marc Wileman, Director of Sublime Science, Joint winner of the Young Director.

Judges commented that Mike Hughes has led Twenty Twenty in working with over 1,000 disadvantaged and disengaged young people. He was praised for his clear leadership and strategic positioning.

Marc Wileman had impressed judges with his drive and determination “making science awesome for one million children and Netmums voted the Sublime Science Party the best party in the UK”.

Jason Chauhan, Managing Director, JC Metalworks Ltd was given a Highly-Commended in the Family category.

Lincolnshire. Cameron Ford, Managing Director of Reflect Recruitment Group won the SME Small Business Award. Judges commented: “ Cameron and his team operate a successful business in a very challenging recruitment sector, with  very strong emphasis on an ethical approach to helping employers and those looking for work.”

Peter Watson, Marketing Director, Chatty Imp Ltd was Highly-Commended in the Young Director category.

Nottinghamshire had three winners: Alan Hardy, Chairman/Owner of Paragon Interiors Group plc (Mid Market Company); Steve Miller, Managing Director, The Workplace Depot who won the Family Business award and Max Steadman, a Nottingham Trent University Psychology student won the Tomorrow’s Director award.

Gemma Grant, a Nottingham Trent University Law student, who comes from Chesterfield, Derbyshire, was awarded Highly Commended in Tomorrow’s Director.

Judges said they were impressed by “Alan’s strong leadership across several very different businesses. He is highly-motivated to succeed and encourages his teams to be the same.” Alan operates several other businesses including the Nottinghamshire Golf and Country Club, Bunker Mentality and is Chairman of Notts County Football Club.

Steve Miller’s business has experienced major growth in the last five years and revenue has almost tripled since 2012. Judges were pleased to note that Steve had been awarded Employer Champion at the Living Wage Champion Awards in 2016.

Max Steadman, a Nottingham Trent University Psychology student, who is from Cirencester, Gloucestershire, impressed judges with his “well-researched breakthrough idea for the financial services sector”.

Derbyshire. Matt Wheatcroft, Founder and Managing Director, Purpose Media was the Joint Winner of Young Director. The judges were impressed by “Matt’s straightforward approach to business which is all about delivering value to customers and proving that by showing them tangible results.”

Northamptonshire. Elaine Stewart, Marketing Director, Longthorne Gunmakers Ltd. was Highly-Commended in the SME Small Company category.

Introducing the awards, Ron Lynch, IoD East Midlands Regional Director, said: “They recognise excellence on the part of directors in the East Midlands. Those who have done something special and achieved something very significant. All our entrants deserve praise for their achievements in a challenging business environment."

The winners were revealed at the East Midlands Director of the Year Awards 2017 presentation lunch at Nottingham Conference Centre, Nottingham Trent University. It was hosted by BBC East Midlands presenter Dominic Heale. A range of local businesses and organisations supported the awards: Nottingham Trent University,Lloyds Bank, Nottingham Business School, Rachel Hargrave Consulting, Nelsons, Department for International Trade, Chamber Media Services and Loughborough University.

National Awards

Winners of these coveted regional awards will go on to the IoD’s national awards The national Director of the Year awards will be announced on 22 September at the Lancaster London Hotel.

Applications were received from Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire for the region’s top awards scheme, which recognises excellence and enterprise in the boardroom.

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