The awards are designed to celebrate leadership, talent and success in the South West and. Winners will be announced at a ceremony on 11 June at The Pavilion, Bristol Zoo Gardens.
They are: Lucy Findlay MBE, founding Managing Director of Social Enterprise Mark CIC, set up 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; 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; 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; 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 waste management, skip hire and contracting services and Charmaine Vincent, owner and CEO of Baltimore Consulting, recruitment specialists in the public and third sector
The event also marks the first visit to the South West by the IoD’s new Chair, Charlotte Valeur, who will meet members and make the keynote address. The event is 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 business year as it turns the spotlight on the people actually driving our economy and contributing to 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 leadership, good governance and flexibility has arguably never been more important. In the judges’ opinion, all our finalists have demonstrated and excelled in all of these qualities.”
Tickets are now available for the event. Book here.