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South Berkshire

Berkshire winners named at IoD’s Director of the Year Awards London and South East 2017

17 May 2017
IoD Director of the Year Awards Berks

Matthew Harris, Group Strategy and Risk Director of Costain Group whose head office is in Maidenhead won Director of the Year (Large Company) – Turnover £500m and over, whilst Adrian Powell, Managing Director of Active Facilities Management who are based in Reading, won Director of the Year (Small Company) – Turnover up to £9.99m.

The directors were presented with their awards on Wednesday evening at the iconic 116 Pall Mall.

Matthew Harris commented: “Winning this award is great recognition for Costain. I am very fortunate to work with a talented team of people, who are committed to the work we do in helping meet the UK’s national infrastructure needs. The recognition as Director of the Year is as much about the support they have given me to help make Costain successful.”

Adrian Powell also commented “When you’re immersed in growing a business you rarely get the opportunity to take a step back and consider what you have achieved and how far you’ve come. Winning this award and receiving recognition from an organisation such as the IoD for my passion, commitment and the achievements we have made so far at Active is amazing. This award isn’t just about what I have achieved, I have a world class team around me and taking the award back for them is just fantastic!”

The awards, hosted by Television presenter Declan Curry, celebrate the exemplary leaders who are doing great work across London and the South East of England, rewarding individuals who display professionalism, diligence and creativity to inspire employees.

Alan Fitzwater, Director of Regional Engagement at the IoD said of the awards: “2017 saw a record number of entries made in the IoD South East & London awards, with over 500 businesses being initially considered for our 10 categories, the standard remains as high as ever. The award finalists  represent the best of business across the South East, with SME’s, International businesses and startups all well-represented.”

From left to right: Peter Digby, Chairman of Xtrac; Matthew Harris, Group Strategy and Risk
Director, Costain Group; Declan Curry, Television Presenter and Host of IoD London and South East
Awards 2017

Header image: From left to right: David Seall, Chairman IoD South; Adrian Powell, Managing Director of Active
Facilities Management; Declan Curry, Television Presenter and Host of IoD London and South East
Awards 2017

Media Contact: Alison Shadrack, Adia PR
Phone: 07794 540221 / 01787 221875

About IoD Awards

Stephen Martin, Director General, Institute of Directors

Our awards seek to shine a light on directors who have enhanced and driven their businesses forward. The contenders come from different organisations but all share similarities in leadership, expertise and personal dedication.

During this critical period of political change, we will need to see ingenuity and tenacity displayed by professional leaders. The vibrancy and diversity of the businesses here gives me cause to be hopeful of the strength of British industries. Over the coming years the IoD will continue to provide the necessary support and guidance to members, while seeking to put the business perspective to government as Brexit negotiations take place. 

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020 8078 4127


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