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Charity partner revealed for Director of the Year Awards

03 Nov 2020


The IoD has named The Russ Devereux Headlight Project as its charity partner for the 2020 Director of the Year Awards.

The awards, which celebrate the best in business leadership from across Yorkshire and the North East, culminate with a virtual awards ceremony on 18 November.

The Headlight Project was founded in memory of Russell Devereux, who died by suicide in 2018, aged 41.

The husband and father of three ran Billingham-based family business Devereux Transport and Distribution. He was well-respected in the local business community and known for being a talented golfer.

His death had a devastating impact on family, friends and the wider community and gave rise to a mission to encourage more conversations about suicide and mental illness. Suicide is the biggest killer of young men under the age of 45, but numbers are growing in young women and children.

The project works with children, delivering emotional resilience programmes in schools, and offers one to one counselling and play therapy sessions. It also works with traumatic bereavements and supports families affected by suicide through counselling and trauma therapies.

Catherine Devereux, trustee of the Russ Devereux Headlight Project said “Russ was passionate about business and was well respected in the local Teesside business community and we are delighted and honoured that the IoD have chosen the Headlight Project amongst many worthy causes to support in this year’s awards. Thank you so much to all the members and the IoD”

Attendees at the awards ceremony will have the opportunity to donate to The Headlight Project online.

To discover more and donate:

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The Director of the Year shortlist represents the full spectrum and diversity of business and industry, from young entrepreneurs to experienced public and private sector leaders. 

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Awards partners are CNG, Leeds Beckett University, Schroders Personal Wealth and Forward Ladies.

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