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Shortlist unveiled for Yorkshire and North East Director of the Year Awards

08 Jun 2017

The Institute of Directors has revealed the names of the business leaders who will compete for its prestigious Director of the Year awards.

The winners for Yorkshire and the North East will be named at a black-tie dinner at the Principal York hotel on 5 July. They will go forward to the national Director of the Year finals.

Special guest speakers at the awards will be Stephen Martin, the new director general of the IoD and Lord Nash, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Schools. The evening will be hosted by broadcaster Danni Hewson.

Entertainment will be provided by musician Ellie Coast and magician Scott Perry.

The judging panel was chaired by Richard Tuplin, regional director (north) of Jelf Insurance Brokers. He said: “I’d like to thank the judges for their efforts in choosing this year’s top directors. The scene is set for an evening of business excellence and superb entertainment on 5 July.”

To book your place at the awards ceremony please call us or email us

0113 243 0152  |  email

Prices are £79 for members, £89 for non-members. A table of ten is £750 (members) or £850 (non-members).

Awards sponsors are Leeds Bradford Airport, Microsoft, Principal York, Topic UK, Virgin Trains East Coast and Vista.

The shortlist

Director of the Year Award (SME company)

Geoff Shepherd, iSource Group
Tim Payne, The Clinkard Group
Graeme Hall, Brandon Medical
John Savage, Flame Heating Spares
Mark Roberts, Beer Hawk
Dr Adam Beaumont, aql
Martin Port, BigChange
Debbie Heald, Heald Ltd

Director of the Year Award (Mid-Market company)

Bridie Warner-Adsetts, Naylor Industries
Craig Iley, Atom Bank
Paul Teasdale, Premier Technical Services Group

Director of the Year Award (Large company)

David Hurcomb, NG Bailey Group
Herwig Vennekens, Haribo
Mohammad Aslam MBE, Aagrah Restaurant Group
Jon Geldart, Grant Thornton International

Young Director of the Year Award

Adeem Younis, Penny Appeal
Tim Payne, The Clinkard Group
Adam Walsh, The Right Fuelcard Company
Matthew Goff, Actavo Building Solutions
Mark Roberts, Beer Hawk
Phil Pallister, 0800 Repair Gas

International Director of the Year Award

Dr Adam Beaumont, aql
Debbie Heald, Heald Ltd
Jon Geldart, Grant Thornton International
David Langworth, NM Group

Public & Third Sector Director of the Year Award

James Ramsbotham, North East England Chamber of Commerce
Ammar Mirza, Asian Business Connexions CIC
Cllr Peter Box, Wakefield Council

Family Business Director of the Year

Graeme Hall, Brandon Medical
Debbie Heald, Heald Ltd
Tim Payne, The Clinkard Group

Non-Executive Director of the Year

Qari Asim, DLA Piper and Makkah Mosque
Gary Lumby, Active Financial Planners
Ammar Mirza, Asian Business Connexions CIC
Jon Geldart, Grant Thornton International

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Notes to editors


  • The Institute of Directors (IoD) was founded in 1903 and obtained a Royal Charter in 1906. The IoD is a non-party political organisation with approximately 35,000 members in the United Kingdom and overseas. Membership includes directors from right across the business spectrum – from media to manufacturing, professional services to the public and voluntary sectors. Members include CEOs of large corporations as well as entrepreneurial directors of start-up companies.
  • The IoD provides an effective voice to represent the interests of its members to key opinion-formers at the highest levels. These include Government ministers and their shadows, parliamentary committee members, senior civil servants and think-tanks. IoD policies and views are actively promoted to the national, regional and trade media. Follow us on Twitter to get the IoD’s reaction on business and public policy issues.
  • The IoD offers a wide range of business services which include business centre facilities, with 15 UK centres (including three in London, Reading, Birmingham, Cardiff, Manchester, Nottingham, Norwich, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Belfast) and one in Paris, conferences, networking events, virtual offices, issues-led guides and literature, as well as free access to business information and advisory services. The IoD places great emphasis on director development and has established a certified qualification for directors – Chartered Director – as well as running specific board and director-level training and individual career mentoring programmes.

For further information, visit our website

  IoD website


Contact IoD Yorkshire

For any membership enquiries please contact branch manager Helena Drake

0113 539 8781

See all our contacts here.

IoD Yorkshire & North East
Old Broadcasting House
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