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South West 2019 Directors of the Year shortlisted for national awards

03 Sep 2019

IoD South West Director of the Year Finalists 2019

We are delighted that all our 2019 finalists have been shortlisted for the national Director of the Year Awards, held in London on 18 October.  They will be up against finalists from all over the UK competing for the honour of being named overall winner in their category.

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.


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.

IoD South West chairman and Chartered Director Muir Macdonald said: “The awards turn 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.  All our winners have demonstrated and excelled in all of these qualities and epitomise the IoD's new strapline, 'integrity and enterprise'.  We wish them all the very best on October 18th.”

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