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Director of the year awards

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The winners of the Institute of Directors South West 2019 Director of the Year awards have been named.

They are:  James Freeman, Managing Director of First West of England, the bus operator that services  Bristol, Bath, South Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire with a fleet of more than 600 vehicles; Amy Golding,  CEO of recruiters Opus Talent Solutions, headquartered in Portwall Place, Bristol and with offices in Europe, Hong Kong, Australia and the US;  ; Giles Letheren, Chief Executive of Delt Shared Services,  based in Derriford, Plymouth. Delt is a shared services partnership between local government and the NHS, delivering core  back office services ranging from IT to payroll and pension administration and returning any profits generated back to its clients; Paula Martin,  Chief executive of Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust, the UK’s first air ambulance service;  Amy McCormack, commercial director at ETM Recycling, a family run recycling company offering state of the art waste management, skip hire and contracting services and Charmaine Vincent,  owner and CEO of Baltimore Consulting, recruitment specialists in the public and third sector

Lucy Findlay MBE, founding Managing Director of Social Enterprise Mark CIC, set up in Plymouth in 2010 in to ensure that genuine social enterprises are recognised as a legitimate and different way of doing business to change society for the better and Chris Holland, managing director of Waste Source,  the Bristol-based national waste management company which aims to help businesses reduce their waste costs and increase recycling rates were both Highly Commended.

The awards are designed to celebrate leadership, talent and success in the South West and all the winners were commended by the judges for their clear strategies, vision and drive in establishing and heading up a range of diverse businesses in both the public and private sectors.

The event marked the first visit to the South West by the IoD’s new national Chair, Charlotte Valeur who made a keynote address in which she talked about her vision for a refreshed IoD; more inclusive, more modern and ready to equip directors and aspiring directors with the professional development, environment and support they need.

It was partnered by the University of the West of England (UWE) and sponsored by Export for Growth, the specialist programme that improves overseas marketing presence for both first time and experienced exporters.

IoD South West chairman and Chartered Director Muir Macdonald said: “This event is one of the highlights of our year as it turns the spotlight on the people actually driving our economy and contributing to the prosperity of our society on a day to day basis.   It’s been a challenging landscape in which to operate over the past two years and therefore good leadership, good governance and flexibility has arguably never been more important.  In the judges’ opinion, all our winners and highly commended have demonstrated and excelled in all of these qualities and epitomise the IoD's new strapline, 'integrity and enterprise'.”

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