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

17 May 2017

IoD South Director of the Year Award Winners

Kent directors scooped top prizes at The Institute of Director’s annual Director of the Year Awards for London and South East 2017.

Matthew Pack, CEO of Holiday Extras (Hythe); Stephen Rogers, Managing Director of Swanstaff Recruitment (Dartford); Sue Nelson, CEO and founder of Breakthrough Funding (Ashford); Paul Wetherfield, Director of Global Associates (Sittingbourne); and Luke Quilter, CEO of Sleeping Giant Media (Folkestone) all picked up Highly Commended awards for their categories.

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

Paul Wetherfield commented: “To be recognised amongst such a talented bunch of UK successful business leaders is just amazing and such an honour; it's recognition that I am on the right path, that following my heart and doing what I love and what I am passionate about really works. I am fortunate to have a truly fantastic team around me at Global Associates and would like to thank them for their support. I feel very proud to be able to set an example for my children, that hard work and being passionate about what you do leads to success. Finally, I would like to thank the IoD for continuing to be a bedrock for UK businesses”

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 start-ups all well-represented.”

Full details of the Kent winners are as follows:

Matthew Pack, CEO of Holiday Extras (Hythe), picked up the Highly Commended award for Director of the Year (Large Company) – Turnover £100m - £499m.

Stephen Rogers, Managing Director of Swanstaff Recruitment (Dartford), picked up the Highly Commended award for Director of the Year (Medium Company) – Turnover £10m - £99.99m.

Sue Nelson, CEO and founder of Breakthrough Funding (Ashford), picked up the Highly Commended award for Early Stage Business Director of the Year.

Paul Wetherfield, Director of Global Associates (Sittingbourne), picked up the Highly Commended award for Director of the Year (Small Company) – Turnover up to £9.99m.

Luke Quilter, CEO of Sleeping Giant Media (Folkestone), also picked up the Highly Commended award for Director of the Year (Small Company) – Turnover up to £9.99m.


From left to right: David Seall, Chairman IoD South; Lee Hutton, Marketing Manager of Sleeping
Giant Media; Paul Wetherfield, Director of Global Associates; Declan Curry, Television Presenter
and Host of IoD London and South East Awards 2017

Header Image - From left to right:  Stephen Rogers, Managing Director of Swanstaff Recruitment; Sue Nelson, and founder of Breakthrough Funding; Matthew Pack, CEO of Holiday Extras



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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