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29 Jan 2019


The judges have been revealed for this year’s Director of the Year Awards, the search for the most talented business leaders in Yorkshire and the North East.

The judging panel will be chaired by Simon Walton, managing partner at Berwick Partners/Odgers Berndtson, Leeds. He will be joined by: Karl Pemberton, managing director, Active Chartered Financial Planners; Rachel Hannan, Angel Investor and Board Adviser; Therese Liddle, managing director, NRG Group; Terry Hodgkinson CBE DL, director, Terry Hodgkinson Ltd; and Dan Gill, founder, Dine.

New categories have been added for 2019 to recognise the Young Director of the Year and the leading director of a business with a £50 million-plus turnover. The deadline for entries is 12 April, so Enter Now

The winners will be celebrated at a black-tie dinner held in the prestigious Principal York hotel on 4 July. They go through to represent the region at the UK Director of the Year Awards later in the year.

Simon Walton said: “I’m delighted to name a fantastic judging panel and thank them for accepting the challenge of identifying the very best directors in our region. These prestigious awards recognise individuals who meet the highest standards of leadership in business, public and third sectors. The entry process is refreshingly simple and open to all.”

The categories are:
Director of the Year – Non-Executive
Director of the Year – Innovation
Director of the Year – Young
Director of the Year – Public
Director of the Year – Third Sector
Director of the Year - Family Business
Director of the Year – International
Director of the Year – Inclusivity
Director of the Year – Corporate Social Responsibility
Director of the Year – Start-Up
Director of the Year – Small-Medium Business (up to £50 million turnover)
Director of the Year - Large Business (more than £50 million turnover)
Chairman’s Award for Excellence in Director and Board Practice

A pre-awards party is being held for the first time this year for those entering the awards and the judges. The event – Mixology at its Best – is being held at The Alchemist, Leeds, on 20 May 2019, 5.30pm-7pm.  

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Simon Walton, Chairman of the judges for the Director of the Year Awards, Yorkshire and North East

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