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North East Yorkshire

Sage’s Stephen Kelly Honoured at Director of the Year awards

05 Jul 2017

IoD North East Director of the Year Awards. Winner Stephen Kelly

Stephen Kelly of Sage has won the prestigious Judges’ Special Award at the Director of the Year awards for Yorkshire and the North East, hosted by the Institute of Directors.

Kelly, the chief executive of the Newcastle-based accounting and payroll business, has more than 30 years’ leadership experience in the technology sector having led successful businesses in the US and Europe.

The Overall Director of the Year Award was won by Herwig Vennekens of Haribo UK. The Lifetime Achievement Award went to Lord Haskins of Skidby, chair of the Humber LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership) and former chairman of Northern Foods.

The black-tie awards ceremony was attended by around 200 guests at The Principal York hotel. Other North East winners included James Ramsbotham, chief executive of North East England Chamber of Commerce.

This year’s winners go forward to the national IoD Director of the Year awards, where they will compete against winners from across the UK.

Guest speakers at the awards were Stephen Martin, director general of the IoD and Lord Nash, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Schools. The evening was compered by BBC Look North presenter Danni Hewson.

The full list of winners is:

Young Director of the Year

Adeem Younis, Penny Appeal

(Highly commended: Adam Walsh, The Right Fuelcard Company)

Director of a Small Company

Geoff Shepherd, iSource Group

Director of a Family Company

Debbie Heald, Heald Ltd

(Highly commended: Graeme Hall, Brandon Medical)

Non-Executive Director of the Year

Qari Asim MBE, Makkah Mosque and DLA Piper UK

International Director of the Year

Dr Adam Beaumont, AQL

Director of a Mid-Market Enterprise

Bridie Warner-Adsetts, Naylor Industries

(Highly commended: Craig Iley, Atom Bank)

Director of a Large Company

David Hurcomb, NG Bailey Group

(Highly commended: Herwig Vennekens, Dunhills (Pontefract))

Director in the Public and Third Sector

James Ramsbotham, North East England Chamber of Commerce

(Highly commended: Cllr Peter Box CBE, Wakefield Council)

Overall Director of the Year

Herwig Vennekens, Dunhills (Pontefract)

Judges Special Award

Stephen Kelly, Sage

Lifetime Achievement

Lord Haskins, Humber Local Enterprise Partnership

The judging panel was chaired by Richard Tuplin, regional director (North) of Jelf Insurance Brokers.

The awards partners are: Academy Ambassadors, Cicada Communications, Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, Forward Ladies, Frontroom, Leeds Beckett University, MechFS, Principal York, Topic UK, Virgin Trains East Coast and Vista.

For more information, please contact.

0191 213 1289

North East

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