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Director of the year awards


The Institute of Directors Awards are open for entries. One of the few cross-sector Awards programmes, it celebrates leadership talent, success and achievement. The combination of the pandemic and preparations for Brexit meant that 2020 produced exceptionally tough operating conditions, forcing directors to reassess business models and respond at speed with bold, innovative decisions. These monumental efforts deserve recognition. Whatever your sector or organisation – whether you are a director in an established company, innovative start-up, family business, SME, or Third Sector – we want to hear from you.

A celebration of success and leadership talent, the awards gives the business community a chance to acknowledge the excellence and professionalism we have here in Wales.

Our annual Wales Director of the Year Awards are back for 2021 to highlight business excellence and significant contributions leaders can make to the social and economic prosperity in the community.

Closing date for applications is Friday 22nd October 2021.



We are hosting an awards lunch on the 25th of November to celebrate the success of businesses and business leaders in Wales.

2019 Winners

Director of the Year – Non-Executive
Lesley Cowley OBE, Chair, DVLA/Companies House

Director of the Year – Innovation
Karl Morris, Managing Director, Bravura Foods

Director of the Year – Young
Jo Foxall, Managing Director, PTI Cymru Ltd

Director of the Year – Public & Third Sector
Angela Hughes, CEO, Welsh Air Ambulance Charitable Trust

Director of the Year - Family Business
Rayner Davies, Managing Director, A&R Contract Cleaning

Director of the Year – Inclusivity
Lynne Sheehy, CSR Manager, Legal & General

Director of the Year - International
James Rudolf, Chief Operating Officer, TrakCel

Director of the Year – Corporate Social Responsibility
Geraint Lewis, Managing Director, Call of the Wild Ltd

Director of the Year – Start-Up
Catrin Jones, Director, Crwst

Director of the Year – Small-Medium Business (up to £50 million turnover)
Jeffrey Pugh, Founder & MD, Pugh Computers Ltd

Chairman’s Award for Excellence in Director and Board Practice
Steve Dalton OBE, Managing Director, Sony UK Technology Centre

Directors Award
Raj Aggarwal OBE DL, R.K. Aggarwal Ltd