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Director of the Year Awards


IoD Director of the Year Awards recognise excellence in leadership in the private, public and third sectors.

The Awards are open to executive and non-executive directors (or equivalent level positions) from the private, public and third sectors across Northern Ireland, whether IoD members or not. They focus on the individual’s achievement, the importance of the director’s role in the community, and the commitment and expertise which contributed to the success of their business and to the Northern Ireland economy in the preceding 12 months..


Director of the Year – Young
This award recognises innovative leaders of new or established businesses who have operated at director level for less than two years and demonstrated the potential, ability, ambition, creativity and vision in their business.

Director of the Year - Non-Executive  
This award recognises individuals that have made significant contribution to the organisation’s strategy, impacted on the financial success of the company, demonstrated high ethical standards and promoted the practice of good corporate governance.

Director of the Year - Start-Up
This award celebrates founders/co-founders of the UK’s most promising start-ups. Focusing on the market opportunity identified, the model to capitalise on it, and how it has been executed within the first three years of trading.

Director of the Year - Small to Medium Business (up to 15million)
This award is designed to celebrate those directors working in a business that employs under 250 employees and has an annual turnover of less than £15million.  

Director of the Year - Large Business (15million + )
This award is designed to celebrate those directors working in a large business that has an annual turnover of more than £15 million.

Director of the Year - Public/Third Sector
Open to directors whose business is a charity or not-for-profit organisation, which can generate a surplus, but exists to service the good of the community.

Director of the Year - International
This award recognises international business leader with credible development plans in place to build on its company’s success. The leader will operate across borders and could be in any industry sector, but is likely to be gaining market share due to strong international growth from a great product or service.

Director of the Year - Inclusivity
This award recognises leaders who can demonstrate that they have specific initiatives already in place to promote diversity and inclusion.

Director of the Year – Innovation
This award recognises leaders that have developed an innovative and transformational idea that displays creative thinking and that has beaten the competition and been developed and applied to improve commercial performance, operational effectiveness or customer engagement.

Director of the Year - Family Business
This award recognises individuals in second-generation or more, family businesses who have responded to the specific challenges that face directors in family firms and who have contributed to the success of the diverse, dynamic and innovative family business sector.

Chairman’s Award for Excellence in Director and Board Practice
This award is the highest accolade in the Director of the Year Awards, recognising the personal imprint of the UK’s most high profile leaders on the culture and success of their organisation’s through the implementation of good governance.

NB Nominees do NOT have to be members of the Institute of Directors.

Apply now via our IoD Awards website

Director of the Year Awards headline sponsor:

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