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The Institute of Directors announced the winners for its Director of the Year Awards 2018 for the East of England

27 Jun 2018

The Institute of Directors announced the winners for its Director of the Year Awards 2018 for the East of England

Winners were announced on Friday 15th June at a celebratory lunch, attended by business leaders from across the East of England, at the historic Jockey Club Rooms in Newmarket.

The awards celebrate the exemplary leaders who are doing great work across the East of England, rewarding individuals who display professionalism, diligence and creativity to inspire employees.  The awards received the highest-ever number of nominations this year – with the diverse shortlist reflecting the breadth of talent and leadership in the region.

Stephen Martin, IoD Director General and this year’s guest of honour, presented the winners with their awards, together with David Sales, Chairman of IoD East of England. 

Stephen commented: “Today has been a fantastic event celebrating the best in British business here in the East of England and it was amazing to see so many inspirational stories of directors and the great impact they have not just in their own company but in the communities in which they are operating.  It was a very successful event with many worthy winners and I wish them all continued success in their businesses.”

“As Director General, I will ensure that the IoD continues to provide support and guidance to our members, enabling them to achieve great things throughout their career.  It goes without saying that this commitment will be applied across every region of the UK.”

David Sales added: “The momentum behind these awards has been growing steadily, as more and more directors are nominated for their contributions to leadership excellence.  This makes, the judging process ever more challenging, but ever more exciting.”

“The East of England is home to many of the UK’s most innovative, vibrant and successful organisations – led by some of our best directors.  This year’s winners are exceptional role models for our fabulous region.”

Simone Robinson, Head of Regional Relationships, IoD East of England commented: “The north of England have their ‘Northern Powerhouse’ and the Midlands have the ‘Midlands Engine’ but in the East we have no shortage of enterprise which is why we are coining the phrase ‘Enterprising East’.

The 2018 IoD East of England Director of the Year winners and highly commended are:

New Director of the Year 

Winner: Sarah West, MD, Full Mix Marketing (Norwich, Norfolk)

Highly Commended: Chris Cliffe, Director, CJC Procurement (Norwich, Norfolk)

Start-Up Director of the Year

Winner: Will Stewart, MD, The Point. 1888 (Shenfield, Essex)

Highly Commended: Adam Cozens, Director, Perky Blenders (Walthamstow, Essex)

Family Business Director of the Year

Winner: Tarnia Robertson, MD, Ufford Park Woodbridge, Hotel, Golf & Spa (Woodbridge, Suffolk)

Highly Commended: Stuart Grainger, MD, Fwd-IP (Ely, Norfolk)

SME Director of the Year

Winner: Michelle Pollard, MD, Spider Fixed Fee Web Recruitment (Ipswich, Suffolk)

Highly Commended: Joseph Valente, CEO, ImpraGas (Yaxley, Cambridgeshire)

Highly Commended: Peter Williamson, MD, R A Rodriguez (UK) Limited (Letchworth, Hertfordshire)

Innovation Director of the Year

Winner: Laura Morrison, MD, Your Telemarketing Ltd (Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk)

Highly Commended: Ian Watson, CEO, Start-Rite Shoes (Norwich, Norfolk)

CSR Director of the Year

Winner: Doug Field, Joint Chief Exec, East of England Co-Op (Ipswich, Suffolk)

Highly Commended: Richard McBarnet, MD, Lumina Technologies Limited (Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire)

Highly Commended: Helen Mayhew, Director, BeeZee Bodies CIC (Hatfield, Hertfordshire)

Public/Third Sector Director of the Year

Winner: Jane Gurney, CEO, Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (Earls Colne, Essex)

Global Director of the Year

Winner: Andrew Brammer, MD, PSS (North Walsham, Norfolk)

Non-Executive Director of the Year

Winner: Debbie Gardiner, Director of Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) (Dunstable, Beds)

Chairman’s Award

Winner: David Hosking, MD, Tuskerdirect (Watford, Hertfordshire)

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Thanks to our Award sponsors


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