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Director of the Year Awards

The London & South 2020 Winners

We are delighted to announce the winners of the virtual IoD London & South Director of the Year awards held on 11th September at 12:30

Director of the Year - Equality, Diversity & Inclusion
Clare Martin: Jardine Motors Group

Director of the Year - Third / Public Sector, kindly sponsored by Unity Trust Bank plc
Claire Hook: Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

Director of the Year - Non-Exec
Megan McCracken: Folk2Folk

Director of the Year - International
Daniel Brooks: VHR

Director of the Year - Social Value and Sustainability Impact, kindly sponsored by The Planet Mark
Yvonne Obuaya: Curado Ltd

Director of the Year - Family
Oliver Butts: Christina May

Director of the Year - Innovation
Tim Brownstone: KYMIRA

Director of the Year - Start-Up
James Bush: NHCC (New Homes Customer Care)

Director of the Year - SME up to £5 million, kindly sponsored by Blend Marketing
Steve Hodges: Astro Technology Group Limited

Director of the Year - SME, £5 to £50 million, kindly sponsored by Schroders Personal Wealth  
Dr Nasser Siabi OBE: Microlink PC (UK) Ltd

New Chartered Director
Anne-Marie Mountifield, Solent Local Enterprise Partnership

Chairs Award
Megan McCracken, Folk2Folk

A special thanks goes to our panel of judges.  For a full list of all of our 2020 finalists please please visit our dedicated Director of the Year Awards website.


We are pleased to announce that Dame Esther Rantzen DBE will be joining us as guest of honour at our Awards dinner on Friday 11th September 2020.  We will also be supporting ChildLine during the evening, further details to follow.

Dame Esther Rantzen DBE

Dame Esther received an OBE for services to broadcasting, a CBE for services to children, and in the New Year Honours of 2015, a DBE for services to children and older people through ChildLine and The Silver Line. 

A graduate from Oxford, Esther Rantzen’s career in broadcasting began with BBC Radio as a sound effects assistant.  From there she moved into television as a researcher/reporter for Braden’s Week and then in 1973 as producer/presenter of That’s Life, which ran for 21 years on BBC Television.  Esther has made a number of pioneering programmes on subjects such as British women’s experience of childbirth, stillbirth, mental health and child abuse.  In 1986 she invented the concept of ChildLine and chaired the charity for 20 years.  After the merger of ChildLine with the NSPCC in February 2006, Esther became President of ChildLine and a trustee of the NSPCC.  In 2012 she invented The Silver Line, a helpline for older people and having chaired it in its first year, she is now its President and a Trustee.

She contributes regularly to the Daily Mail and other publications, and lectures on children’s issues, broadcasting and is the only Trustee so far to have appeared on Strictly Come Dancing, been in ITV’s Australian jungle and appeared on Question Time while standing as an independent candidate for Luton South. For her work in broadcasting and for children she has been awarded  7 honorary doctorates, and is a Patron of 19 charities. In 2011 she published “Running Out of Tears” to celebrate ChildLine’s 25th Anniversary. 


A child contacts Childline every 25 seconds.

They talk to us about things like bullying, self-harm and depression. Problems that children often feel they can’t talk to anyone else about.

With your generosity and support Childline can be here to help those young people find their voice.

We’re here for children who feel they have no one else to talk to and nowhere else to turn. Every day of the year, 24 hours a day, our counsellors are there to listen, whatever their worry, online and on the phone.

The good news is that many children did find the courage to speak to us last year and get the help they need so they can get their life back on track.

But this number puts a great strain on our services. The simple truth is, we can only respond to 3 out of 4 children who need our help. It’s only with the support of people like you that Childline can continue to be there for the children who desperately need us so that they can look to the next day with hope.  You can donate here.

Sponsorship opportunities

Are you looking for brand exposure among the pinnacle of leadership and business excellence community? By partnering our awards you will benefit from brand awareness and have the opportunity to forge new relationships all whilst being provided with an exceptional hospitality occasion

Read more about sponsorship opportunities

Thank you to our 2020 sponsors:

Sponsors of Director of the Year - SME up to £5m turnover

Blend is one of the world's top B2B HubSpot agencies. Based in Berkshire and serving customers worldwide, Blend is dedicated to delivering specialist B2B marketing services for tech and professional services companies with ambitious growth plans. Sean Sweet and Phil Vallender founded Blend in 2010 with a vision to provide high-quality work underpinned with the commercial understanding often lacking in the creative industry. Ten years later, Blend is a multi-award-winning company with a team of 32 in-house marketing professionals, delivering outstanding website design projects, highly successful results-driven digital campaigns, and efficient HubSpot onboarding services.


Sponsors of Director of the Year - Third / Public Sector

Unity Trust Bank is a specialist business bank with a difference. For over 36 years we have worked with organisations and SMEs that share our values and philosophy, offering a full range of banking services including current accounts, savings accounts, and loans.

We’re delighted to sponsor the London and South Director of the Year Awards and are honoured to help to recognise some of the best businesses and directors in the London & South regions. 

Sponsors of Director of the Year - Social Value & Sustainability Impact

Around the globe, climate change apathy has given way to overwhelming attention. Nearly 70% of British people want urgent action to tackle the issues of our time. From children, to CEOs, there is a strong call for change – time to transform talk into action. 

At The Planet Mark we see a world where we all contribute to a thriving planet. Our members deliver results that go beyond compliance, cutting carbon by an average 6% per year and engaging their people in the process. Together, we are proving that sustainability is good for business and that acting responsibly is the new norm. 

Join us in the Decade of Action.

Sponsors of Director of the Year - SME £5-£50m turnover
Schroders Personal Wealth is a joint venture between Lloyds Banking Group and Schroders – two of the UK’s largest names in banking and asset management. We were created to help more people across the UK benefit from financial advice. We have the advantage of solid foundations and a strong heritage. But we take a fresh, transparent and personal approach to financial planning. We aim to provide clients with clarity and transparency in everything we do. This includes using technology to explain how long-term financial planning can add value to people’s lives; to give people access to information about their financial wellbeing; and to communicate with their adviser when it's convenient for the client. Our heritage may be 400 years old, but our approach is built for the future.



2020 Judges

We are pleased to announce the judges for the 2020 Awards are:

  • Alicia Andrews: Southeastern Railway
  • Nis Arend: Top 1%
  • Alison Bourne: The Dash Charity
  • Ian Calder CDir: Centrix Ltd
  • Keith Cornell CDir: BySide/Active Solutions
  • Peter Digby: Xtrac Ltd
  • Chris Dodson OBE DL: Torftech Group
  • Murray Eldridge CDir:  Actinium CS Ltd
  • William English CBE, CDir: OSTC Group Board, Owen English & Son
  • Claire Horton CBE: Battersea Dogs & Cats Home
  • Janthana Kaenprakhamroy: Tapoly "Insurance on Tap"
  • Gemma Lacey: Southern Co-op
  • Barry Lewis: Cadline Ltd
  • Steve Malkin: Planet First 
  • Tara Mei: Bread & Jam
  • Sue Nelson: EY
  • John Palmer CDir:  Exec Express Ltd
  • Jitesh Patel: Peldon Rose
  • Luke Quilter: Sleeping Giant Media
  • Ross Wilson: Wilson Partners

For full details of judges please click here