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Cornish Business Leader Shortlisted for the IoD South West Director of the Year Awards 2017

10 May 2017


Cornish business leader shortlisted for major regional business award

Dean Bennett, Managing Director of the China Fleet Country Club in Saltash, has been shortlisted for the Institute of Directors (IoD) South West regional Director of the Year Awards.

China Fleet Country Club is a non-profit making organisation originally set up over 25 years ago to give serving members of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines and their families a recreational facility.

Today the Club offers a wide range of facilities open to everyone, including an 18-hole golf course, 41 self-catering apartments and a conference and event facility.

Since taking over as MD in 2012, Dean has achieved record turnover and profit, which is reinvested back into the business, and overseen a number of large-scale projects that have enhanced the Club’s attraction, including the biggest wet spa in the South West.

The South West’s IoD Director Awards seek to highlight and celebrate outstanding business people across the region, bringing the enterprise community together and focusing UK-wide attention on South West success.  Dean will be joining other shortlisted candidates from Dorset, Gloucestershire and Dorset.

The winners will be announced at the region's annual celebration event on Thursday, 25 May at Ashton Gate Stadium. If they are successful in their categories, they will go forward for a chance to be a national award winner, judged against all the other regional finalists.

IoD South West chairman Nick Sturge said: “Once again we had an extremely high standard of entries demonstrating the breadth and depth of talent, enterprise and leadership across the region.  I am also very pleased to be seeing more diversity in the nominees and the sectors they represent.  Great leadership is essential to steer an organisation forward and our award scheme looks for individuals who understand and fulfil their responsibilities as directors or trustees.  This will be one of the key factors in judging our winners.”

The guest speaker at this year’s event is IoD Director General Stephen Martin who will be making his first visit to the region since he took over the post at the start of the year.

Media contact: Karen White 07787 148393

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