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IoD Scotland Director of the Year Awards 2021

Celebration of Leadership Talent, Success and Achievement

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IoD Scotland 2021 Directors of the Year Awards – Winners Announced!

At the live online Ceremony on 9 December, hosted by Shereen Nanjiani, the 2021 Awards winners were revealed: outstanding leaders who are leading outstanding organisations in Scotland.

Congratulations to all the night’s winners! To see the full shortlist, visit the 2021 Shortlist tab.

You can read about all the shortlisted candidates, sponsors and supporters in the Awards brochure

You can view the recording of the Awards Ceremony at the bottom of the page.

NATIONAL WINNERS

IoD Scotland Director of the Year − Large Business
Duncan MacLean, Candle Shack Limited

IoD Scotland Director of the Year − Small-Medium Business
Simon Poole, Jerba Campervans Ltd

Insights Director of the Year − Agility & Resilience
Lynn Laughland, HRM Homecare Services Ltd
Highly Commended: Shelley Booth, Shelley Booth. The Feel Look Be Formula

Wheatley Group Director of the Year – Innovation
Viana Maya, pRESPECT / pRESPECT HUB CIC

IoD Scotland Director of the Year − Public Sector
Dr John Scally, previously National Library of Scotland

Turcan Connell Director of the Year − Family Business
Michael Longstaffe, Smith Anderson Group Limited

Scottish Government Director of the Year − Equality, Diversity & Inclusion
Dr Julie McElroy, Consultant, Academic & Disability Rights Activist
Highly Commended: Philip Gerrard, Deaf Action

SCVO Director of the Year − Third Sector
Alastair Davis, Social Investment Scotland
Highly Commended: Jane-Claire Judson, Chest, Heart & Stroke Scotland

Badenoch + Clark Director of the Year – Young
Kathryn Strachan, Copy House Ltd
Highly Commended: Lindsay Fyffe-Jardine, Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home

IoD Scotland Director of the Year – International
Neale Campbell, Liquid Gas Equipment Ltd (t/a Babcock LGE)

Zero Waste Scotland Director of the Year - Sustainability
Sara Roberts, Healthy Nibbles

IoD Scotland Director of the Year − Non-Executive
Dr Brian Williamson, 4icg

REGIONAL WINNERS

IoD Scotland Regional Director of the Year − Aberdeen & Grampian
Dr Idara Umoh, The Sidylle Group

IoD Scotland Regional Director of the Year − Central Scotland
Duncan MacLean, Candle Shack Limited

IoD Scotland Regional Director of the Year − Edinburgh & Lothians
Simon Poole, Jerba Campervans Ltd
Highly Commended: Andrew Johnstone, Loft Boarding Scotland Ltd

IoD Scotland Regional Director of the Year − Fife & Tayside
Michael Longstaffe, Smith Anderson Group Limited
Highly Commended: Neale Campbell, Liquid Gas Equipment Ltd (t/a Babcock LGE)

IoD Scotland Regional Director of the Year − Glasgow & West of Scotland
James Gillespie, Kibble Education and Care Centre

IoD Scotland Regional Director of the Year − Highlands & Islands
Alan James, AJ Engineering & Construction Services

IoD Scotland Regional Director of the Year − South of Scotland
Joanna Campbell, Dumfries and Galloway College

PRESENTATIONS ALSO MADE TO
IoD Scotland Chair’s Award
Vivienne MacLaren, Chair, Scottish Women’s Football

IoD Scotland One to Watch Award
Lucy McKee, recently appointed ACE Youth Membership Ambassador within ENABLE 

IoD Scotland Leadership in Learning Award
Dr Ken Thomson OBE, Principal and Chief Executive, Forth Valley College

Young Enterprise Scotland Director of the Year 2020
Finlay Matthews

Young Enterprise Scotland Director of the Year 2021
Christian McCulloch

Watch the 2021 Director of the Year Awards Ceremony, delivered live on 9 December.

 

If you have a question, please email awards@firstcityevents.co.uk

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Theresa Shearer, Chair of the Judging Panel, said “There was merit in every single one of the entries for these awards and the judges reflected long and hard over the shortlist. What has shone through are Directors’ resilience and entrepreneurship in the face of the extraordinary challenges we have been experiencing. IoD Scotland is excited by the energy and innovation of young directors and those leading established organisations. IoD Scotland is all about good directorship and this shortlist has shining examples.”

2021 DIRECTOR FINALISTS

IoD Scotland Director of the Year – Large Business
• Michael Longstaffe, Smith Anderson Group Limited
• Duncan MacLean, Candle Shack Limited
• Robin Stevenson, Hamilton Waste & Recycling Limited

IoD Scotland Director of the Year – Small-Medium Business
• David Gray, AM Bid
• Lynn Laughland, HRM Homecare Services Ltd
• Fiona MacInnes, Orkney Fishermen’s Society
• Simon Poole, Jerba Campervans Ltd

Insights Director of the Year – Agility & Resilience
• Shelley Booth, Shelley Booth. The Feel Look Be Formula
• Lynn Laughland, HRM Homecare Services Ltd
• Kirsty Thomson, Circle Scotland CIC
• Lesslie Young, Epilepsy Scotland

SCVO Director of the Year – Third Sector
• Alastair Davis, Social Investment Scotland
• James Gillespie, Kibble Education and Care Centre
• Jane-Claire Judson, Chest, Heart & Stroke Scotland
• Josiah Lockhart, Firstport for Social Entrepreneurs

Badenoch + Clark Director of the Year – Young
• Shelley Booth, Shelley Booth. The Feel Look Be Formula
• Lindsay Fyffe-Jardine, Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home
• Lyle Hamilton, Royal Burgh of Dumfries Tattoo (SCIO)
• Kathryn Strachan, Copy House Ltd

IoD Scotland Director of the Year – International
• Neale Campbell, Liquid Gas Equipment Ltd (t/a Babcock LGE)
• Michael Longstaffe, Smith Anderson Group Limited
• Graham McWilliam, previously Glencraft (Aberdeen) Ltd

Wheatley Group Director of the Year – Innovation
• Philip Harris, Vert Rotors Ltd
• Viana Maya, pRESPECT / pRESPECT HUB CIC
• Naeema Yaqoob Sajid, Diversity+ 
• Kevin Shaw, Heatherlea (Scotland) Ltd

IoD Scotland Director of the Year – Public Sector
• Joanna Campbell, Dumfries and Galloway College
• Dr John Scally, previously National Library of Scotland

Turcan Connell Director of the Year – Family Business
• Bryan & Craig Fleming, FJ Philanthropy Ltd
• Michael Longstaffe, Smith Anderson Group Limited
• Duncan MacLean, Candle Shack Limited

Zero Waste Scotland Director of the Year – Sustainability
• Joanna Campbell, Dumfries and Galloway College
• Simon Parsons, Scottish Water
• Sara Roberts, Healthy Nibbles
• Kathryn Strachan, Copy House Ltd

Scottish Government Director of the Year – Equality, Diversity & Inclusion
• Philip Gerrard, Deaf Action
• Dr Julie McElroy, Academic & Disability Rights Activist
• Claire Nelson, Netball Scotland & Strathclyde Sirens
• Kirsty Thomson, Circle Scotland CIC

IoD Scotland Director of the Year – Non-Executive
• Prof Arturo Langa, NHS National Services Scotland
• Alastair MacNish OBE, previously Wheatley Group
• Dr Brian Williamson, 4icg

REGIONAL DIRECTOR FINALISTS

Aberdeen & Grampian
• Jai Aenugu, TechForce Limited
• Graham McWilliam, previously Glencraft (Aberdeen) Ltd
• Dr Idara Umoh, The Sidylle Group

Central Scotland
• Sean Kerr, Sustainable Thinking Scotland CIC
• Duncan MacLean, Candle Shack Limited
• Dr Ken Thomson OBE, Forth Valley College

Edinburgh & Lothians
• Andrew Johnstone, Loft Boarding Scotland Ltd
• Ishani Malhotra, Carcinotech Ltd
• Viana Maya, pRESPECT / pRESPECT HUB CIC
• Simon Poole, Jerba Campervans Ltd
• Katie Ridland, Ridland Wealth Management Limited

Fife & Tayside
• Neale Campbell, Liquid Gas Equipment Ltd (t/a Babcock LGE)
• Michael Longstaffe, Smith Anderson Group Limited
• Simon Parsons, Scottish Water
• Kirsty Thomson, Circle Scotland CIC

Glasgow & West of Scotland
• James Gillespie, Kibble Education and Care Centre
• Lynn Laughland, HRM Homecare Services Ltd
• Stuart Macdonald, SmartSTEMs
• Claire Nelson, Netball Scotland & Strathclyde Sirens
• Toni Scullion, dressCode

Highlands & Islands
• Alan James, AJ Engineering & Construction Services
• Fiona MacInnes, Orkney Fishermen’s Society
• Kevin Shaw, Heatherlea (Scotland) Ltd

South of Scotland
• Joanna Campbell, Dumfries and Galloway College
• Bryan Fleming, FJ Philanthropy Ltd
• Campbell Fraser, SoConnect
• Lyle Hamilton, Royal Burgh of Dumfries Tattoo (SCIO)

Sponsors & Supporters


HEADLINE SPONSOR

Badenoch + Clark
Badenoch + Clark has been guiding senior and executive professionals to make the right connections for over 30 years, and we value the relationships with our clients and candidates over everything else. We work to define the specific solution that will work for our clients, their teams and their organisation.
 
From our offices throughout the UK, we partner with our clients to source the best candidates and deliver a tailored consultancy service, and with our international reach we can access candidates from across the globe.
 
In Scotland we offer executive search, specialist recruitment services, consultancy solutions and leadership services. We pride ourselves on designing and delivering bespoke campaigns and consultancy which make a positive difference to our clients and their businesses.
 
We are proud to work with some of Scotland’s leading organisations in the public, not-for-profit and private sectors. We recognise the trust that our clients put in us, our services, advice and support, and are delighted that many of them choose to work with us time and time again.

CATEGORY SPONSORS

Insights
We are a people development company that works with companies all over the world to improve the effectiveness of individuals, teams and leaders. The core of our solutions is self-awareness, which is the foundation on which many soft skills are built, including resilience, communication, collaboration and leadership. Using engaging and accessible content, we deliver both face-to-face and virtual learning for all levels – from your entry-level employees all the way to your senior leadership team.

With 22 global offices, we support our customers with their most pressing business and people challenges. From engagement and culture to performance and productivity, our people-centred approach helps you shape the workforce you need. Through a combination of instructor-led sessions, digital content and personalised reports, we’ll help each individual understand themselves and how they can make more of an impact in their roles and teams, ensuring that everyone in your organisation brings their best self, every day.

We partner with customers to find the best way to integrate our learning into their culture in a practical and sustainable way, bringing long-term change.

W: www.insights.com | T: 01382 908050 | @Insights

Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations
The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) is the national membership organisation for the voluntary sector. Our mission is to support, promote and develop a confident, sustainable voluntary sector in Scotland. We’re passionate about what the voluntary sector can achieve. Along with our community of 2,740 members and supporters, we believe that charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups make Scotland a better place. 

 www.scvo.scot  |   enquiries@scvo.scot  |  T: 0131 556 3882  |  @SCVOtweet

Scottish Government
The Scottish Government believe that Fair Work sits at the heart of our ambition to move toward a wellbeing economy and is central to supporting economic recovery and renewal. Fair Work is an investment in everyone for everyone, and can improve organisational reputation and recruitment, reduce staff turnover, and contribute to inclusive workplaces with a richness of talent and a diversity of ideas that can help increase innovation and productivity.

Our vision is for Scotland to be a Fair Work Nation by 2025, with people in Scotland having a world-leading working life where fair work drives success, wellbeing and prosperity for individuals, businesses, organisations and society. To help achieve this vision, we are progressing the priorities set out in our suite of action plans, aiming to drive fair work across the labour market, address the disability employment gap and gender pay gap, and focused work to address race inequality in employment.

W: wwwgov.scot |   T: 0300 244 4000|  @Scotgov

Turcan Connell
Turcan Connell
is one of the UK’s premier private client firms with offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow and London. We command a unique position by providing clients with an integrated set of legal services alongside a complete range of tax advice. 

Our success is due to the firm’s continued focus on meeting the needs of individuals, families, charities, entrepreneurs and family business owners. We believe that this joined-up, interdisciplinary approach of combining legal and tax skills and expertise really sets Turcan Connell’s solicitors apart and enables us to provide the very best advice and counsel to our clients.

Wheatley Group
Wheatley Group
is one of the UK’s most dynamic, agile and best-performing large housing, care and property-management groups. Its geographic footprint covers 19 local authority areas in Central and South of Scotland, providing homes and services to around 250,000 people.

All organisations within the Wheatley Group remain firmly rooted in their local communities, whilst drawing on the strength, size, scale and resources of the Group to contribute on a regional and national level to affordable housing, care and community regeneration across Scotland.

W:  www.wheatley-group.com |  E: info@wheatley-group.com  |  T: 0800 479 7979 |  @WheatleyHousing

Zero Waste Scotland

Zero Waste Scotland exists to lead Scotland to use products and resources responsibly, focusing on where we can have the greatest impact on climate change. Using evidence and insight, our goal is to inform policy, and motivate individuals and businesses to embrace the environmental, economic, and social benefits of a circular economy. We are a not-for-profit environmental organisation, funded by the Scottish Government and European Regional Development Fund.

W: www.zerowastescotland.org.uk  |  E: info@zerowastescotland.org.uk  |  T: 01786 33930 |  @ZeroWasteScot

Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University
Edinburgh Business School is the largest academic school at Heriot-Watt University. We offer industry-informed degrees at undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral level in the subjects of accounting, finance, economics, marketing and management.

EBS carries out background checks on the Director of the Year finalists, including Companies House records and various other sources through the Centre for Employment, Work and the Professions (CREWS). Our research aims to understand contemporary work and employment, working with employers, policy makers, trade unions and professional bodies to improve working lives globally. We are leading a range of cutting edge research projects examining work and employment, supported by funders including the EPSRC, AHRC, Welcome Trust, The British Academy and GCRF funding. https://www.hw.ac.uk/ebs/research/employment-work-professions.htm

W:  www.hw.ac.uk/ebs/  |  E: ebs.enquiries@hw.ac.uk  |  T: 0131 451 3090|  @EBS_Global 


SUPPORTERS 

Solo Films
Solo Films develop and create powerful video content for businesses and brands across Scotland, the UK and Europe.

From live action to animation, and with a full experienced production team, beyond industry standard camera equipment and state of the art editing facilities, Solo Films has developed successful working relationships with a broad cross-section of public and private sector organisations.

Understanding the ethos behind our clients’ brands enables us to create truly unique and effective content across all platforms including social media.

W: solo-films.co.uk  |  E:  paul.fee@solo-films.co.uk  |  T:  0141 573 8460  |  07703 581110

 

IoD Scotland Director of the Year Awards Judging Panel

IoD Scotland is grateful to our esteemed judging panel for their diligence, time, expertise and commitment.

Chair of the 2021 Judging Panel:
Theresa Shearer, Group CEO of ENABLE Group

Judging Panel

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Theresa Shearer, Group CEO of ENABLE Group

Theresa Shearer is Group CEO of the ENABLE Group, which employs 2,200 people in Scotland; has 12,000 members and supporters; and supports over 4,500 individuals and families living with learning disabilities or with additional support needs.

Theresa is considered one of Scotland’s most dynamic, innovative and thoughtful advocates for people living and working on the frontline of health and social care.

Theresa has been a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts since 2017 and is a chartered fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. In 2020, she was awarded the Strathclyde Executive Leadership Award (STELAR) from Strathclyde University. She is vice convenor of the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, a director of Inclusion Europe (which works across 39 countries with 74 member organisations), is a member of Young Scot’s advisory council and was invited to join the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s Post-Covid-19 Futures Commission Inclusive Public Service Working Group. Theresa is one of 16 commissioners of the UK-wide Law Family Commission on Civil Society.


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Timothy Allan (Tim), Private Equity and Property Entrepreneur / President, Scottish Chambers of Commerce

Tim is a private equity and property entrepreneur with many outside philanthropic interests. He owns Tricorn Capital, an investment company which has been particularly involved in the regeneration of the Dundee waterfront.

Tim is a founding shareholder and non-executive director of MFG, the largest fuel retailer in the UK. He is the Chair of the V&A Museum in Dundee and President of Scottish Chambers of Commerce.

Tim is also a member of Court at the University of St Andrews and is a director of Edinburgh based Archangels angel investment syndicate. Tim holds The Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion and serves as a Deputy Lieutenant for Clackmannanshire.

 

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Shirley C Campbell, Director for People, Scottish Water   

As Director for People, Shirley believes that Scottish Water, as a major employer in Scotland, has a responsibility to help people develop skills and capabilities which support the sustainability of the business and can take back into their communities.

In addition to her role as a member of the Scottish Water Executive team Shirley is Acting Chair of Scottish Water Horizons Holdings Ltd and President of Water Aid Scotland.

She is passionate about Agile working

and creating inclusive digital environments where people can flourish and be highly productive. She is a lay member of Court at the University of Dundee, Chair of the People and Organisational Development Committee and a member of the Remuneration Committee.  

She became a member of Scotland’s Fair Work Convention in 2018 and is an adviser to the Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI) on Scotland’s productivity.

With 16 years cross sector experience at Executive level Shirley has held senior roles at Royal and Sun Alliance, Aviva and Heriot Watt University before joining Scottish Water in 2011.

Whilst at Aviva she took on the role of Operations Director for Norwich Union Direct and worked Internationally on the development of Aviva’s Indian operations. She has also been an adviser to INSEAD Business School in France on their Executive Education programme.
She has a BSc (hons) in Psychology and a post graduate qualification in Personnel Management. She is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Personnel and Development and a trained counsellor. In 2017 she won the IoD Scotland Female Director of the Year award.

 

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Anna Fowlie, Chief Executive, Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO)

Anna has been the Chief Executive of the (SCVO) since April 2018. Before that, she was the Chief Executive of the Scottish Social Services Council for nine years, and before that worked in Scottish Government and COSLA in policy and local government in HR. She is a member of the Oversight Board for The Promise, the board of SCDI and the SFA’s child protection and wellbeing board.   

Anna has a degree in History of Art from Edinburgh University and is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lesley Gilmartin, Director, Badenoch + Clark   
 
Lesley is a business leader and skilled project manager who delivers complex people projects for public, not-for-profit and private sector organisations. Prior to joining B+C seven years ago, Lesley worked in a variety of senior people-related roles in public sector and private business and, with 10 years running her own business delivering HR solutions to clients, she has had exposure to a wide variety of situations and cultures.
 
As well as delivering executive search campaigns, Lesley leads B+C’s consultancy business, Leadership Services. Whether leadership development, coaching, mentoring or senior team development, she is more than delighted to speak with anyone (and probably wax lyrical!) around people issues. Lesley is an experienced conference speaker and regular contributor of articles and research via LinkedIn, and her pragmatic and no-nonsense advice is well received … “I can’t believe how much I agree with Lesley Gilmartin.

 

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Iain Gulland, Chief Executive Officer, Zero Waste Scotland

Iain is Chief Executive of Zero Waste Scotland and previously led its predecessor programme, WRAP Scotland. Zero Waste Scotland leads on the delivery of the Scottish Government’s Circular Economy strategy and other low carbon policy priorities, and is at the forefront of efforts to create a resource efficient, circular economy. Iain has more than 25 years’ experience in sustainable resource management, including initiating recycling systems in the public and Third sectors.  He is the current President of the Association of Cities and Regions for Sustainable Resource Management (ACR+) and he is a member of a number of Scottish Government strategic groups including the Economy and Environment Leaders Group, the Board of the Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme and the Expert Panel on Environmental Charges.  He was voted the ‘most influential person in the UK waste and resource efficiency sector’ in 2014 by Resource Magazine, and he was granted Fellowship of Chartered Institution of Wastes Management in 2016.

 

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Poonam Gupta OBE, Founder & Chief Executive, PG Paper Company Ltd

Poonam is a Scottish-Indian Entrepreneur and Philanthropist. In 2003, Poonam founded PG Paper Company Ltd and has developed the business into a hugely successful and globally recognised brand, exporting to over 55 countries across the globe. The company now has offices in India, Turkey and will be opening further offices in the USA and China.

Poonam is continuously striving to expand into new markets and finding new opportunities, she has also expanded into other successfully growing businesses including real estate, hospitality, dental & recruitment.     

Most recently, Poonam’s ambitious nature was recognised when she was named as Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Scotland, 2019. Throughout her career, Poonam has maintained a strong interest in enabling collaboration between Scotland and India. She was appointed as a Director for Scottish Chambers of Commerce to continue to grow and strengthen this relationship, as part of a Scottish Government Strategy to see international exports double by 2029. She was recently featured in the 100 UK Most Influential People in UK India Relations list for her efforts. Her charitable interests include women-centric issues, underprivileged children, animal conservation, and gender equality.    

 

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Manish Joshi, CEO, Strathclyde Students’ Union

Manish has held a variety of roles in both the public and private sector during his career including running a successful financial services business in Glasgow, consulting on development, climate change, sustainability, biodiversity and social enterprise across the globe. An entrepreneur, campaigner, activist and organiser − he has undertaken leadership roles in the social care sector and now works within education as Chief Executive of Strathclyde Students’ Union. He serves as a      

trustee and director on a number of boards including the Scottish Council of Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), Campaign Bootcamp and the Glad Cafe.
           

Kane, Mike Mike Kane, Partner, Head of Business Law, Turcan Connell    

Mike is a corporate lawyer and leads Turcan Connell’s Business Law Team which provides a broad range of commercial, transaction and banking/funding services. Mike also leads the Turcan Connell Family Business Team, a large interdisciplinary team within Turcan Connell providing legal, and tax solutions to family and privately owned businesses and their owners.    

Mike is a key member of Turcan Connell’s renewable energy team and provides advice

in this industry on the structuring of joint ventures, the sale and purchase of operational or consented sites and the funding of projects.

Mike was, for a number of years, part-time Finance Director of his family's care home group. This brings an additional element of commercialism to the advice he and his team provide. Mike and his team are fully committed to delivering the highest levels of service in an effective and cost-efficient way.

 

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Andy Lothian, Chief Executive Officer, Insights Group

As Chief Executive Officer of Insights Group, Andy guides the organisation to fulfil its purpose − to create a world where people truly understand themselves and others and are inspired to make a positive difference in everything they do. Alongside Insights, the Insights Group also includes Vidatec, the Group’s technology business, with its purpose to improve peoples’ experience of life through technology, and the Insights Foundation. 

Andy was awarded EY’s Scottish Entrepreneur of the Year in 2016. Whether he is coaching one-to-one, facilitating with an executive team, working with a large audience or adding value in one of his NXD roles, Andy's passionate, high-energy style helps others take action and realise their potential. As well as his absorbing life at Insights, Andy is passionate about Dundee and Scotland's place in the world. He is a Director of the High School of Dundee, and is a member of the Dundee City Strategic Advisory Group. He sits on the Advisory Boards of the Institute of Directors in Scotland and Social Good Connect. 
With Andy at the helm, Insights has become a global brand with a presence in over 40 countries around the world, and has ambitious growth plans in place. 

   

Josh Kennedy, Chair, Scottish Youth Parliament

Josh is a 19 year old who has been a member of the Scottish Youth Parliament for Renfrewshire North and West since 2017, and chair of the organisation since 2020. Outside of his activism, Josh is a law student at the University of Glasgow. He has a keen interest in campaigning for mental health reform and for climate policies.

 

 

  





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Professor Heather McGregor CBE, Executive Dean, Edinburgh Business School at Heriot-Watt University

Professor Heather McGregor is the Executive Dean of Edinburgh Business School at Heriot-Watt University. Between 1999 and 2016 she was otherwise known as ‘Mrs Moneypenny’ in her long-running column for the Financial Times. She is a non-executive director on several boards and received the Institute of Directors Scotland Chair’s Award in 2020. She is also a member of the UK Government’s Honours Committee for the Economy, which recommends members of the business

community for honours. An earlier career in investment banking preceded 17 years as an entrepreneur. In 2008, she established the Taylor Bennett Foundation, which supports the careers of minority ethnic graduates. In 2010 she became a founding member of the 30% Club, a global campaign led by Chairs and CEOs taking action to increase gender diversity at board and senior management levels. Heather is an alumna of the London Business School and the University of Hong Kong, and has an honorary degree from the University of East London. She was made Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2015 and elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2021.        

 

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Aidan O’Carroll, Chair, IoD Scotland        

Aidan O’Carroll is a former senior partner at EY, one of the world’s largest professional services firms which he left in July 2020 after 35 years.

Until June 2017 Aidan was based in London leading EY’s Global Compliance and Reporting business, with over 10,000 professionals working in 140 countries around the world.  Formerly Head of Tax for EY in the UK, Aidan has advised both local and global companies across a wide spectrum of tax and business issues around the world. He has considerable experience in dealing with Regulatory matters in both emerging and developed markets; he is also a regular contributor and speaker at business conferences.

Aidan has worked in many countries and spent a number of years helping to lead business in Japan.

Aidan’s extensive experience has given him insights into global trends and their connections with the rapidly changing regulatory frameworks around the world. More recently Aidan has been advising private and family businesses in Scotland and internationally.

Aidan has most recently focused on a non-Executive portfolio, non-exec with ABE, a leading international not for profit organisation delivering professional business qualifications across many developing countries around the world, and with Hillhouse Estates Group, a Scottish based family owned business. In addition, he is current Chair of IoD in Scotland. In August 2021 he takes up the role of Chair of Revenue Scotland.

Aidan has always kept his home in Scotland throughout his international career and has stayed more closely connected to local business issues keeping abreast of local developments here.

 

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Professor Robert Raeside, Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University

Robert works in the Edinburgh Business School of Heriot-Watt University providing support to Doctorate of Business Administration students. He is a statistician by background and is a Chartered Statistician with the Royal Statistical Society.

Robert’s research interests include applications of statistics to business focusing on employment, quality improvement and networks. In addition to publishing and supervision of research students he has also provided consultancy services to private and public sector businesses.

 
     

     

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Bridget Sly, Head of Disability Employment Team, Employability Division, Fair Work, Employability and Skills, Scottish Government

Bridget has over 20 years’ experience of working in the HE, public and voluntary sectors in New Zealand and the UK as a practitioner, researcher and policy-maker.  She has a demonstrated commitment to issues of equality and human rights, and has provided strategic analysis and advice across a range of policy issues, including: social justice and inclusion; culture, sport and physical activity; and community development. She was previously a lay advisor to the Metropolitan Police Service, a Non-Executive Director of the Glasgay festival, and a Director of the Independent Living Fund (ILF) Scotland. Currently Head of Disability Employment with the Scottish Government, she leads activity on the commitment to at least halve the disability employment gap in Scotland by 2038. 

 

Sponsorship of the Director of the Year Awards

There are many opportunities for organisations to work with the Institute of Directors (IoD) in Scotland. Given the national context, it is attractive to a wide variety of agencies wishing to raise their profile in this “special” Scottish market and who wish to take advantage of the exclusive features of the IoD across the UK, including the unique nature of its members.

By partnering with our Awards, your company will receive all the brand awareness. You will have the opportunity to forge new relationships with key business targets – entrants, finalists, winners, partners and the wider IoD membership. A comprehensive and complementary series of elements, from a Thought Leadership Webinar available to the whole IoD membership ahead of the Awards Ceremony, to a recorded message from a sponsor representative played before the category finalists are announced on the night to all those watching, along with strong social media messaging, will ensure your partnership with the IoD is fruitful.

Why sponsor?
The IoD membership in Scotland represents around 1,200 company decision makers focused on growing their businesses. They are interested in individuals or organisations that can help them do that.
 
Gain credibility
Align with a campaign run by the only organisation to represent set standards for business leaders nationwide.
 
Align with excellence
Sponsoring the IoD Director of the Year Awards creates unparalleled opportunities for your business to engage key business communities, position your brand and network. 

Reach your target audience
Our diverse business community is made up of entrepreneurs, SME's, social enterprises, family businesses and the FTSE 100.

Networking opportunities
The Director of the Year Awards ceremony gives you an unparalleled opportunity to connect with some of the most renowned business leaders across the UK.

Return on investment
The Awards marketing campaign reach is more than 250,000 views across the region, demonstrating remarkable value for money.
 
If you would like to get involved by sponsoring the IoD Scotland Director of the Year Awards, please contact Joyce Lamond for more information: awards@firstcityevents.co.uk / 07711 432745.

The 2020 Scotland Winners
The Institute of Directors Scotland recognised Scotland’s top directors at its annual Director of the Year Awards, which were held virtually on Tuesday 8 September.

19 outstanding leaders collected awards in a ceremony that acknowledged the best in business across 12 key director categories, as well as seven regional and two special awards.

With the world facing the most collectively challenging situation known for a lifetime, there has been a significant impact on both consumer behaviour and organisational structures. As such, we would like to acknowledge the hard work and leadership skills of all those who entered the Awards this year.

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

NATIONAL WINNERS

IoD Scotland Director of the Year – Large Business
Jim Galbrait
h, Chief Executive, Scottish Friendly Assurance Ltd

IoD Scotland Director of the Year – Small-Medium Business
Marshall Dallas,
Chief Executive, EICC

          Highly Commended
          Michael Rolland
, Managing Director, The Paint Shed 

IoD Scotland Director of the Year – Family Business
Sponsored by Turcan Connell
Ed Monaghan,
CEO, Mactaggart & Mickel

IoD Scotland Director of the Year – Equality, Diversity & Inclusion
Lynne Cadenhead, Chair, Women’s Enterprise Scotland

IoD Scotland Director of the Year – Innovation
Sponsored by Scottish Government
Martin Murray,
Owner/ Director, Dunnet Bay Distillers Ltd

IoD Scotland Director of the Year – International
Colin Wade
Managing Director, Chemco International Ltd

IoD Scotland Director of the Year – Non-Executive
Sponsored by Wheatley Group
Sarah Deas,
Non-Executive DirectorBank of Scotland Foundation and Wellbeing Economy Alliance (Scotland)           

          Highly Commended
          John Anderson, Non-Executive Chairman, iMultiply
          Resourcing Limited

IoD Scotland Director of the Year – Public Sector
Simon Milne MBE
, Regius Keeper, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

IoD Scotland Director of the Year – Social Value & Sustainability Impact
Sponsored by Zero Waste Scotland

Martin McCrimmon, Business Systems Director, CMS Window Systems


IoD Scotland Director of the Year – Start-Up
Dave Hughes
, Founding Director/ CTO, Novosound

          Highly Commended
          Nicki Sturzaker, Co-founder, Drylaw House

IoD Scotland Director of the Year – Third Sector
Sponsored by SCVO
Iain MacRitchie,
  Founder & CEO, MCR Pathways  

IoD Scotland Director of the Year – Young
Sponsored by Insights Learning and Development
Rebecca Bell
, Operations Director, Spectrum Service Solutions Ltd

Chair’s Award for Excellence in Director and Board Practice
Professor Heather McGregor CBE,
Executive Dean, Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University

Young Enterprise Scotland Director Award
Lyle Hamilton,
Managing Director, Idiom (part of Dumfries and Galloway High School’s YES Programme)

REGIONAL DIRECTOR WINNERS

Highlands and Islands Enterprise Regional Director of the Year
Niall MacDonald,
Previously Managing Director, Aquascot

          Highly Commended
          Lisa Kerr, Gordonstoun

Regional Director of the Year – Aberdeen & Grampian
Graham McWilliam,
Managing Director, Glencraft (Aberdeen) Ltd

Regional Director of the Year - Central Scotland
Dr Ken Thomson OBE,
Principal and CEO, Forth Valley College

Regional Director of the Year - Edinburgh & Lothians
Simon Milne MBE,
Regius Keeper, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Regional Director of the Year - Glasgow & West of Scotland
Iain MacRitchie,
Founder & CEO, MCR Pathways

          Special Recognition
          Vanessa Gilpin,
Director, strEAT Events Ltd

Regional Director of the Year – South of Scotland
Anna White,
Managing Director, ScotlandShop

Regional Director of the Year – Tayside & Fife
Nathan Pyne-Carter,
CEO, Ace Aquatec Ltd

          Highly Commended

          Mike Robinson, Chief Executive, Royal Scottish Geographical Society

 

 

 

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