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IoD Northern Ireland Director of the Year Shortlist Announced

06 Apr 2016

IoD Nothern Ireland Director of the Year Awards

The Director of the Year Awards recognise leaders across the private, third and public sectors who have set exceptional standards of leadership and demonstrated good corporate governance.

The awards, which consist of nine categories in total, have been judged by a panel of businessmen and women selected from various sectors. Each finalist is considered on how they demonstrate excellence in their organisation including financial performance, corporate governance, employee development and community engagement.


Large Company Director of the Year (annual turnover of over £100m), sponsored by First Trust Bank

Ursula Lavery - Moy Park

Mark Nodder - Wrights Group Ltd

Ian Thom - Viridian Group

Mid-Market Director of the Year, sponsored by the William J Clinton Leadership Institute

Brendan Mooney - Kainos Group plc

Gareth Loye - M&M Contractors

Brendan McGurgan CDir - CDE Global Ltd

SME Company of the Year (annual turnover of under £10m), sponsored by Ulster University Business School

Judith Totten - Upstream Working Capital Ltd

Norman Apsley – Northern Ireland Science Park Foundation Ltd

Paul McElvaney - Learning Pool

Family Business Director of the Year, sponsored by BDO Northern Ireland

Joanne Molloy - TS Foods

Richard Willis - Willis Insurance & Risk Management

Brian McErlain CDir - Genesis Crafty

Young Director of the Year (under the age of 42), sponsored by First Trust Bank

Allen Reid CDir - Henry Group (NI) Limited

Paul McElvaney - Leaning Pool

Brendan McGurgan CDir - CDE Global Ltd

Not for Profit/Public Sector Director of the Year, sponsored by First Trust Bank and Capita Managed IT Solutions

Brian Murray - The Workspace Group

Alastair Hamilton CDir - Invest Northern Ireland

Paula Jennings - Stepping Stones NI

Norman Aspley – NISP Foundation Ltd

International Director of the Year, sponsored by 4c Executive Search

Gary Wilmot – Andor Technology

Gareth Loye – M&M Contractors

Brendan McGurgan CDir – CDE Global Ltd

Director of the Year for Leadership in Corporate Responsibility, sponsored by First Trust Bank

Ian Henry – Henry Group (NI) Ltd

Carla Tully – AES UK & Ireland

Michael Boyd – Irish Football Association

Non-Executive Director of the Year, sponsored by Invest Northern Ireland

Dick Milliken – Northern Ireland Science Park Foundation Ltd

Colin Coffey CDir – Flint Studios

Joanne Stuart OBE – Arts & Business Northern Ireland

Linda Brown, Director of IoD Northern Ireland, said:


“Following the launch of the IoD First Trust Bank Director of the Year Awards little over a month ago, we have witnessed a remarkable number of entries – which is, in fact, our largest to date.

“This highlights the vast talent pool of directors leading businesses across Northern Ireland. Our judging panel have had an extremely difficult job in selecting the winners as all entrants are of an exceptionally high calibre.

“We look forward to announcing our category winners, as we honour their outstanding standards of leadership within their organisations.”

Richard Ennis, Director of Business and Corporate Banking at First Trust Bank, said:

“Strong leadership is one of the key ingredients needed for business success and greatly contributes to Northern Ireland’s economic fortunes.

“The quality of this year’s IoD Award entries highlights that our businesses here are exhibiting outstanding standards of leadership and we are delighted to lend our support to those individuals dedicated to their own personal growth as well as that of their organisation.

“First Trust Bank is committed to nurturing leadership through our own leadership development commitments and through partnerships like the IoD Awards.”

Following the Northern Ireland Director of the Year Awards, each winner will be nominated for the UK Director of the Year Awards which are set to take place later in 2016.

The IoD First Trust Bank Director of the Year Awards, hosted by Tim McGarry, will be presented at a lunch on Friday, 15th April, at The Merchant Hotel.

For more information, please contact

028 9068 3224

Northern Ireland

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IoD Northern Ireland
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185 Stranmillis Road
Belfast
BT9 5EE