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Gloucestershire Finalists Shortlisted for the IoD South West Director of the Year Awards 2017

10 May 2017

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Gloucestershire leaders shortlisted for major regional business award 

The leaders of two Gloucestershire-based organisations have been shortlisted for the Institute of Directors (IoD) South West regional Director of the Year Awards.

Julie Finch, Chief executive of The Cheltenham Trust and Lucia Di Stazio, Managing Director of MRA markeing, in Wotton-under-Edge, will join other directors to celebrate business success in the South West at an event later this month.

Julie was appointed as the first CEO of the independent charitable Trust when it was formed in 2014 to manage five major cultural and leisure venues owned by Cheltenham Borough Council including the Town Hall, the Wilson Art Gallery and Museum and the Prince of Wales Stadium. She is responsible for 150 staff and 300 volunteers, looking after some 930,000 customer contacts to the town.

Lucia became MD of construction, building materials and home improvements marketing specialists MRA in 2016.  The company was founded over 25 years ago and has been named top agency in the Construction Marketing awards three times in the last four years.

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.

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 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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