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Northern Ireland

Local winners aim for three-in-a-row at UK Director of the Year Awards

14 Aug 2017

Nine Northern Ireland business leaders will attempt to make it three-in-a-row after being shortlisted at the Institute of Directors (IoD) Director of the Year Awards.

The overall winner at the prestigious event has hailed from Northern Ireland for each of the last two years, with Brendan McGurgan of CDE Global being named UK Director of the Year in 2016.

Finalists at the event, which seeks to recognise excellence across all sectors in the economy, are drawn from the best winners of regional IoD awards, including the IoD NI First Trust Bank Director of the Year Awards.

Nominees this year include Moy Park Chief Executive Janet McCollum, who is shortlisted in the Large Company Director of the Year category.

Meanwhile, there are two Northern Ireland finalists in the Public and Third Sector category: Suzanne Wylie of Belfast City Council and Declan Cunnane of NI Chest Heart & Stroke.

The overall winners will be announced at a ceremony in Lancaster London Hotel on 22nd September. This year’s local nominees are:

Family Business Director of the Year

Gareth Loye, M&M Contractors and Mascott Construction

International Company Director of the Year

Colin Williams, Sixteen South

Large Company Director of the Year

Janet McCollum, Moy Park

Mid-Market Company Director of the Year

Tina McKenzie, Staffline Ireland

Non-Executive Director of the Year

Bryan Keating, Learning Pool

Public and Third Sector Director of the Year

Declan Cunnane, Northern Ireland Chest Heart & Stroke
Suzanne Wylie, Belfast City Council

SME Company Director of the Year

Norah Anne Barron, Pi Communications

Young Director of the Year

Robert McConnell, CCP Gransden

Commenting on the nominations, Kirsty McManus, IoD NI Director, said:

“Directors from Northern Ireland have enjoyed huge success at the national IoD Director of the Year Awards over recent years, producing the overall winner for the past two years in succession including Simon Hunter of Hunter Apparel in 2015.
“It is often said that we punch above our weight locally in terms of making an impact on a national and even global scale, and this event is testament to that.
“For the Northern Ireland economy to thrive, it needs a strong mix of large multi-national companies and successful indigenous firms.
“It is heartening therefore to see the high calibre of talent among local business leaders which is being recognised by a wider audience.
“I send my best wishes to all finalists at this year’s Director of the Year Awards, all of whom have already achieved great results simply by being nominated.”

Join us at the Director of the Year Awards UK Final 2017– 22 September

The Director of the Year Awards UK Final is held every year because we believe in the value of leadership. In big corporates, small businesses, the public sector and charities, the difference between success and failure is leadership. Directors who win these awards have been recognised as the best in their field by the organisation for business leaders, the IoD.

Find out more

For more information, please contact the IoD NI Office on: 

028 9694 6740


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