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Director of the year awards

iod awards 2020

Director of the Year Awards 2020 

IoD Scotland held its first online live Awards Ceremony on 8 September 2020. You can watch it here:


Nineteen winners were revealed in a ceremony that acknowledged the best in business across 12 key director categories, as well as seven regional awards. You can read the full list of all the National and Regional winners here.

IoD Scotland named Jim Galbraith, Scottish Friendly Assurance Ltd its Director of the Year – Large Business and Marshall Dallas, EICC as Director of the Year – Small-Medium Business. Both directors exemplify strong leadership, creativity and sustainable business growth. Both Directors emphasised that success is a team effort.

Professor Heather McGregor CBE, Executive Dean of the Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University and Non-Executive Chairman of the Taylor Bennett Foundation, was presented with the IoD Scotland Chair’s Award. IoD Chair Aidan O’Carroll said, “Heather is a true inspiration for so many people here in Scotland and around the world.”

Malcolm Cannon, National Director of the Institute of Directors in Scotland, commented “We were overwhelmed by the number of entries this year, and our judging panel had the tough job of whittling down almost 200 entries to just 54 final contenders for our prestigious awards. Amongst our winners, we were most impressed by those who, despite their position, are not afraid to continually develop and actively encourage training to keep ideas fresh. By creating vibrant and positive cultures, leaders are motivating their teams to improve their organisation. This is no mean feat given current market conditions.”

You can read about all the shortlisted finalists in the Awards Brochure.

Chef, Barry Bryson, from Cater Edinburgh has prepared a special IoD Gala Dinner menu and Isle of Harris Distillery has produced a Director of the Year Cocktail recipe.  Download the list of ingredients and watch the online masterclasses showing you how to create these!  

Cocktail Masterclass

Gala Dinner Masterclass

IoD Scotland’s Charity of the Year: Awards attendees raised over £1,400 for IoD Scotland’s Charity of the Year, Epilepsy Scotland. A big thank you to everyone who donated and thank you to the donors of the excellent raffle prizes: GleneaglesDoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow Central, Linlithgow Golf Club, Shirt by Hand and Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel

IoD Scotland thanks the expert panel of judges, chaired by Raymond O’Hare, for their diligence and expertise.

The Awards would not be possible without our fantastic sponsors and supporters.

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