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IoD East of England celebrate regional Director of the Year Awards

02 May 2017

In the heart of Suffolk, business leaders gathered at the Jockey Club Rooms in Newmarket last Friday to recognise and celebrate the past year’s most noteworthy Directors at the IoD East of England Director of the Year Awards.

The Jockey Club Rooms, steeped in over 250 years of horseracing history, hosted a stylish three-course lunchtime event.  Eight category winners were announced, along with the overall Director of the Year and highly commended runner-ups, all of whom will be entered into the IoD’s award finals in London later in the year.

The categories covered organisations spanning start-up, small, and medium sized companies, along with a variety of sectors, and for the second year running, an award for Corporate Social Responsibility.

David Sales, Regional Chairman for IoD East of England, welcomed attendees to venue:

“Congratulations to all of the winners and those who were highly commended for their contributions to business and their communities. It is important that we celebrate the exemplary leaders who are doing great work, often unheeded, across the East of England. Through these awards, the IoD aims to champion both commercial success and responsible leadership, and reward individuals who display the qualities of professionalism, diligence and creativity that we think inspire employees and get results.”

Young Director of the Year
Winner: Stuart Grainger, Managing Director, FWD-IP Ltd
Highly Commended: Luke Drewer, CEO, Digital Pie Ltd

Early Stage Business Director of the Year
Winner: Tom Fletcher, Managing Director, Cambridge Jackson Fire & Security
Highly Commended: Natasha Carr, Managing Director, Hype Marketing Group Limited

Director of the Year (Small Company) – Turnover up to £9.99M
Winner: Charlie Dalton, Managing Director, Smart Garden Offices
Highly Commended: Alison Shadrack, Managing Director, Adia PR

Director of the Year (Medium Company) – Turnover from £10 up to £99.99M
Winner: Donald McGarva, CEO, Amino Technologies
Highly Commended: Rory Fitzgerald, Managing Director, G P F Lewis Plc

Family Business Director of the Year
Winner: Tom Davis, Managing Director, Davis Construction
Highly Commended: Stuart Grainger, Managing Director, FWD-IP Ltd

International Director of the Year
Winner: Steven Pearce, Managing Director, Omega Ingredients
Highly Commended: Mike Watson, Managing Director, Tube Tech International

Public/Third Sector Director of the Year
Winner: Alex Till , Chief Executive, Menta The Suffolk Enterprise Agency
Highly Commended: Christian Robinson, Chief Executive Officer, Essex Police Sports Association

CSR Director of the Year
Winner: Ian White, Managing Director, Beckett Investment Management Group Limited
Highly Commended: Essy Eslamian, Managing Director, Total Car Parks Limited

Director of the Year – East of England Region
Winner: Jacyn Heavens, CEO, Epos Now

Contact for further comments or to arrange interviews:

Simone Robinson
Head of Regional Relationships – East of England 
Institute of Directors, 116 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5ED
T: 0203 006 2729
M: 07734 720 327

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