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Director of the Year Awards


IoD Director of the Year Awards London & South Postponed to September 2020.

The Institute of Directors, IoD London and IoD South have made the difficult decision to postpone & reorganize the annual Director of the Year Awards which was scheduled to take place on 18th June 2020. This decision was not taken lightly, however, given the severity of COVID-19 and its impact on the health of the many in the UK and beyond, we have a responsibility to not only our award finalists, but also our team, sponsors and suppliers. We are working hard to secure a new date for the Awards Ceremony, and provisionally expect this to occur on the 11th September 2020, at which the winners will be revealed. We will confirm this date officially at the earliest opportunity. A record number of entries have been received this year to-date, with entries remaining open, and the shortlist for each category will be announced in May 2020.

For now please do enter here & keep monitoring for further updates on DOYA More importantly perhaps: keep watching our COVID hub for useful updates & resources. 

Entries and Nominations are now open for IoD London & South Director of the Year Awards 2020

We are excited to launch our 2020 awards for IoD London & South, where we will celebrate the very best business leaders within our community. Don't miss the opportunity to nominate someone you know who deserves to be acknowledged among peers for the incredible work they do as a Director.

Nomination deadline: Midnight 8th May 2020
Entry deadline:Midnight 31st May 2020

The awards will take place on Friday, 11th September 2020 in the extraordinary 116 Pall Mall. We are pleased to announce Dame Esther Rantzen DBE  will joining us for the evening and we will be raising money for NSPCC.


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How to write a great application

We recently held a webinar where our North West Regional Director, one of the Director of the Year previous winner, and two judges provided tips on how to create a good quality awards application

Watch the webinar now, which covers;

  • How to register on the portal and the application process
  • Choosing a category
  • How to make your entry stand out
  • Q&A

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We are pleased to announce that Dame Esther Rantzen DBE will be joining us as guest of honour at our Awards lunch on Friday, 11th September 2020.  We will also be supporting ChildLine during the evening, further details to follow.

Dame Esther Rantzen DBE

Dame Esther received an OBE for services to broadcasting, a CBE for services to children, and in the New Year Honours of 2015, a DBE for services to children and older people through ChildLine and The Silver Line. 

A graduate from Oxford, Esther Rantzen’s career in broadcasting began with BBC Radio as a sound effects assistant.  From there she moved into television as a researcher/reporter for Braden’s Week and then in 1973 as producer/presenter of That’s Life, which ran for 21 years on BBC Television.  Esther has made a number of pioneering programmes on subjects such as British women’s experience of childbirth, stillbirth, mental health and child abuse.  In 1986 she invented the concept of ChildLine and chaired the charity for 20 years.  After the merger of ChildLine with the NSPCC in February 2006, Esther became President of ChildLine and a trustee of the NSPCC.  In 2012 she invented The Silver Line, a helpline for older people and having chaired it in its first year, she is now its President and a Trustee.

She contributes regularly to the Daily Mail and other publications, and lectures on children’s issues, broadcasting and is the only Trustee so far to have appeared on Strictly Come Dancing, been in ITV’s Australian jungle and appeared on Question Time while standing as an independent candidate for Luton South. For her work in broadcasting and for children she has been awarded  7 honorary doctorates, and is a Patron of 19 charities. In 2011 she published “Running Out of Tears” to celebrate ChildLine’s 25th Anniversary. 


A child contacts Childline every 25 seconds.

They talk to us about things like bullying, self-harm and depression. Problems that children often feel they can’t talk to anyone else about.

With your generosity and support Childline can be here to help those young people find their voice.

We’re here for children who feel they have no one else to talk to and nowhere else to turn. Every day of the year, 24 hours a day, our counsellors are there to listen, whatever their worry, online and on the phone.

The good news is that many children did find the courage to speak to us last year and get the help they need so they can get their life back on track.
But this number puts a great strain on our services. The simple truth is, we can only respond to 3 out of 4 children who need our help. It’s only with the support of people like you that Childline can continue to be there for the children who desperately need us so that they can look to the next day with hope.

Sponsorship opportunities

Are you looking for brand exposure among the pinnacle of leadership and business excellence community? By partnering our awards you will benefit from brand awareness and have the opportunity to forge new relationships all whilst being provided with an exceptional hospitality occasion

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Winners, IoD London & South Director of the Year Awards 2019

  • Director of the Year – Non-Executive: Allan Goodbrand, Chairman, UBH International 
  • Director of the Year – Innovation: Sue Nelson, CEO and Founder, The Breakthrough Group
  • Director of the Year – Young, in partnership with Succession Wealth: Hugo Tilmouth, CEO, Innovate Energy Solutions Ltd. (ChargedUp)
  • Director of the Year – Public Sector: Penny Agent, Director of Allied Clinical Sciences and Patient Engagement, Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust
  • Director of the Year – Third Sector: Jonathan SpiersChief Executive, Autistica
  • Director of the Year - Family Business, in partnership with Succession Wealth: Paul Crilly, Managing Director, NJC (Not Just Cleaning Limited)
  • Director of the Year – Inclusivity, in partnership with Succession Wealth: Sarah Gobran & Matt Pinches, Joint Artistic and Executive Producers, Guildford Shakespeare Company
  • Director of the Year - International: Paul Robinson, CEO, VHR
  • Director of the Year – Corporate Social Responsibility: Andrew Robertson, Managing Director, R&B Star
  • Director of the Year – Start-Up: Tagore Ramoutar, Managing Director, The Oxford Artisan Distillery
  • Director of the Year – Small-Medium Business (up to £50 million turnover), in partnership with Succession Wealth: Jonathan Richards, Founder & CEO, Breathe 
  • Chairman’s Award for Excellence in Director and Board Practice: Paul Crilly, Managing Director, NJC (Not Just Cleaning Limited)

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