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IoD South West Director of the Year Awards 2017, Bristol finalists shortlisted

01 May 2017


Bristol business leaders shortlisted for major regional award

Seven business leaders in Bristol have been shortlisted for the IoD South West regional Director of the Year Awards.

They will join others from around the region at an event later this month that celebrates outstanding business people and focuses UK-wide attention on South West success.

Simon Brown, Managing Director and owner of research and development tax credit consultancy ForrestBrown, in Clifton, Bristol; Jonathan Fraser, Director of Almondsbury-based grounds maintenance business Nurture Landscapes; David Gilroy, Director of Conscious Solutions, a leading provider of digital marketing services to law firms; Merle Hall, Managing Director of Kinneir Dufort, specialising in product, packaging and service design for companies around the world, including Bosch, Coca-Cola and Thales; Chris Holland, Director of Waste Source, a waste brokerage firm working across the UK to increase recycling while reducing client costs; Louise Mitchell, CEO of the Bristol Music Trust , created in 2011 by Bristol City Council to manage the city’s Colston Hall  and take a regional overview of music promotion and formal and non formal music education and Andrew Scott, Managing director of the Ascot Group, in Weston-super-Mare, whose trading businesses are Purplex Marketing, Insight Data, a specialist provider of B2B marketing data and Business Leader magazine.

They will be competing in a number of categories, including Young Director, Not for Profit/Third Sector, Corporate Responsibility, Director of the Year and International Director of the Year, joining other nominees from Dorset, Gloucestershire and Cornwall.

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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