Message from Robert Lloyd Griffiths OBE
These are the final few days for entering our 7th IoD Wales Director of the Year Awards.
Business leaders across Wales have until midnight on Friday to enter the 2017 awards, which include additional categories this year.
Our awards have become an established highlight on the Welsh business calendar and celebrate business achievements and inspirational leaders across Wales while bringing all sectors of the business community together, irrespective of size, geography and longevity.
Additional categories in HR; Finance and Start-up Business, have been added to this year’s awards, meaning there are now 10 categories to choose from.
Winners from the Welsh regional awards, which are once again sponsored by Cardiff Business School, are forwarded for the IoD National awards which culminate in an Awards Lunch in London in the autumn.
The Awards will be announced and presented at a high profile Lunch at the SSE SWALEC stadium in Cardiff on Friday 19 May 2017, with special guest speaker Stephen Martin, Director General, Institute of Directors.
We therefore ask you to apply this week or encourage anyone from within you organisation or business network to do so.
Robert Lloyd Griffiths OBE
Director IoD Wales
Cardiff Business School
Award Categories for which Applications are Required
1. Director of the Year- Social Enterprise – sponsored by Legal & General
An experienced senior manager from any social enterprise. As defined by the DTI a social enterprise is ‘a business with primarily social objectives whose surpluses are principally reinvested for that purpose in the business or in the community, rather than being driven by the need to maximise profit for shareholders and owners'.
2. Director of the Year– Public Sector – sponsored by Academi Wales
An experienced senior manager from any public sector organisation, local or national with at least 5 years’ experience of working at a senior level within the public sector. The organisation’s head office need not be based in Wales but the individual must be based here and have Wales-focused responsibility.
3. Director of the Year - Small Business – Sponsored by Darwin Gray
An experienced, senior manager within any small business in any sector; the business must be based in Wales. A small business is defined as an independently owned and operated business that has a turnover of not more than £6.5 million, a balance sheet total of not more than £3.26 million and not more than 50 employees.
4. Director of the Year - Medium/Large Business – Sponsored by Dribuild
An experienced senior manager from any medium/large company from any sector. For the purpose of this category a medium/large company is defined as any business with more than 50 employees, a turnover of more than £6.5million and a balance sheet total of more than £3.26million.
5. Director of the Year - Family Business – Sponsored by Retail Merchandising Services Ltd.
An experienced senior manager in a family-owned and -run business of any size and in any sector; this business must be based in Wales.
6. Young Director of the Year Sponsored by Tidal Lagoon
A senior manager from any type of company, of any size and from any sector. The individual must either be new to a director level position or be awaiting promotion and be under 42 at the time of the National Awards ceremony in October 2016.
7. Director of the Year - Leadership in Corporate Responsibility – Sponsored by Welsh Government
An experienced senior manager who is able to demonstrate that, through his/her direct actions and leadership, the business has made a positive impact on the local community, wider society and/or the environment.
8. Director of the Year – HR – Sponsored by Acorn Executive Search
An experienced senior manager who has ultimate responsibility for all people-based activity within an organisation. This covers executive level decision making and both day-to-day management and strategic direction of the organisation. The applicant must show clear evidence of success in the current role and indicate how, specifically, that success has been achieved. Evidence of strategic thinking is required.
9. Director of the Year – Finance - Sponsored by SOH
An experienced senior manager from any organisation that is more than 2 years’ old and has an annual turnover of at least £1 million. The applicant must show clear evidence of success in the current role and indicate how, specifically, that success has been achieved. Evidence of strategic financial thinking is required.
10. Director of the Year - Start-up Business - Sponsored by Airvent
An experienced, senior manager within any start-up business in any sector; the business must be based in Wales. The organisation must be less than 2 years’ old and cannot be a subsidiary of a larger concern. The applicant must show what he or she has done to be successful and to explain what the business plan is for the next 2+ years.
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Award Categories for Which Applications are NOT Required
1. Talent & Innovation Award – Sponsored by ACCA Cymru Wales
This award is given, at the discretion of the judging panel and sponsor, to the individual who has demonstrated true innovation in the way he/she operates or who has shown real talent in his/her achievements. The successful individual will come from any type or size of organisation from anywhere in Wales.
2. The Director’s Award
This award is given at the discretion of the Director – IoD Wales, as an acknowledgement for the outstanding achievement of an individual in their particular field. The successful individual will come from any type or size of organisation from anywhere in Wales.
3. The Chairman’s Award
This award recognises the outstanding performance and achievements of an individual. The successful individual will come from any type or size of organisation from anywhere in Wales.
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Our Media sponsors are ITV Cymru Wales
1. The awards are open to any senior manager who does not, necessarily, have to have the title “Director”.
2. Applicants do not have to be members of the IoD.
3. For some awards, the organisation’s head office need not be based in Wales but the individual must be based here and have responsibility that encompasses Wales.
4. The application form to be used is the one specifically for IoD Wales. Applicants may not use the application form for the UK IoD Awards.
The winner of an award will be the entrant best able to demonstrate in each category, to the satisfaction of the judge’s, excellence in:
• financial performance and business growth
• employee engagement
• innovation and product development
• reputation management
• education and training (for all directors as well as other staff)
• ethical behaviour and community engagement.
Shane Bissett CEO of Core Credit Union Ltd
Jo Carruthers Director of Academi Wales
Peter McGowan(Chair) MD of Cordel Gowan Ltd
Michael Prior Former Partner at Blake Morgan
Lynne Sheehy Senior Manager at Legal & General
Christine Wilde MD of Catnic Ltd
Closing date for applications: Midnight on 7th April 2017