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Director of the Year Awards 2016 Winners

09 Jun 2016

The Institute of Directors (IoD) in the East of England has announced the results of the East of England Director of the Year Awards 2016. 

These awards recognise excellence and leadership, in a range of categories. The judges were extremely impressed with all short-listed candidates.

The winners in each category are as follows:

£100m+ Business Director:
Mark Abraham, Wilson James
Young Director: Frederick Furber, F&M Cosmetics
CSR Director: David Gill, St John’s Innovation Centre
Public & Third Sector Director: Sean Kent, Freebridge Community Housing
International Director: Oliver Lincoln, VestGuard UK
£10m - £99m Business Director: Michael Swinhoe, Z-Tech Control Systems
Family Business Director: Andy Wood, Adnams
Up to £10m Business Director: Claire Woodman, Poppy Nursing and Care Services

The overall winner for the Region is Oliver Lincoln of Vestguard UK.

The highly commended candidates are as follows:

International Director: Christine Bhatt, Systematics International
Up to £10m Business Director: Tom Fletcher, Jackson Fire and Security Solutions
CSR Director: Gary Packham, Lord Ashcroft International Business School, Anglia Ruskin University
Young Director: Helen Rudd, Prominent PR
Public & Third Sector Director: Emma Thornton, Visit Cambridge and Beyond 

The category winners of the East of England Awards will be put forward for the IoD Director of the Year Awards UK National Final later in the year. There they will compete with other winners from across the UK, culminating in a prestigious event in London.

Commenting on the results, David Sales, Chairman of the IoD in the East of England said:

“It is a huge pleasure to announce the results for the Awards for 2016. The people named above represent some of the most exceptional directors that we have in the region. Each is providing exceptional role-modelling of innovation, determination, customer focus and in building a fantastic workplace culture.” 

The IoD is extremely grateful to Barclays for being an enthusiastic and supportive sponsor of our Awards in 2016. Jane Galvin, Managing Director, Eastern Region Corporate and Business Banking at Barclays, commented: 

“Recognising the achievements of business leaders across the East of England continues to be really important. It is great to see so many local leaders investing for the future, creating wealth and employment, investing in new technologies and exploring new markets for exports. Barclays are delighted to sponsor the IoD East of England Director of the Year Awards 2016 and would like to congratulate the winners on their success.” 

The results were announced at a celebratory lunch at the Jockey Club in Newmarket earlier today.

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