The Institute of Directors (IoD) has announced the winners of its Yorkshire and North East Director of the Year Awards 2020.
The winners were unveiled at a virtual awards ceremony, streamed live last night (18 Nov) to an audience of business leaders from across the region.
Watch the ceremony
The Chair’s Award for Excellence in Director and Board Practice went to Heidi Mottram, CEO of Northumbrian Water. She was awarded an OBE in 2010 for services to the rail industry and a CBE in 2018 for services to the water industry and business community.
The Judges’ Special Award went to Nicola Chance-Thompson, CEO of The Piece Hall Trust, Halifax. Nicola is also a Deputy Lieutenant for West Yorkshire.
Delroy Beverley, IoD Yorkshire and North East regional chair, said: “Congratulations go to all our winners who demonstrated outstanding success in their individual sectors. We were delighted to showcase and celebrate their achievements during our virtual awards ceremony. Innovation, leadership and determination were among the qualities which shone through in our 2020 winners.”
Award winners were announced by this year’s category sponsors: Yorkshire patron CNG Energy; Forward Ladies; Leeds Beckett University and Leeds Business School; and Schroders Personal Wealth.
Entries are now being welcome for the IoD’s 2021 awards and this year’s Highly Commended finalists are encouraged to apply.
The 2020 winners are:
Judges’ Special Award – Nicola Chance-Thompson DL, CEO The Piece Hall Trust
Chair’s Award for Excellence in Director and Board Practice – Heidi Mottram, CEO Northumbrian Water
Social Value and Sustainability Impact
Joint winners: William Beer, Tunley Engineering, Wakefield and Clair Challenor-Chadwick, Cause UK, Harrogate
Winner: Brian Stahelin and Abigail Stahelin-Hall, Stafflex Limited, Huddersfield
Jonathan Lupton, Econ Engineering Ltd, Ripon
Atul Malhotra, Malhotra Group PLC, Newcastle upon Tyne
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
Winner: Nitin Shukla, Haven Tyneside, Gateshead
David Nikolich, ABSTRACT, York
Winner: Martin Port, BigChange Limited, Leeds (won CSR Director of the Year in 2018)
Paul Smith, Touchstone Education, Doncaster
Zandra Moore, Panintelligence, Leeds
Adam Hildreth, Crisp, Leeds
Winner: Ryan Maughan, Avid Technology Ltd, Cramlington
Adam Hildreth, Crisp, Leeds
Winner: Diane Cheesebrough, V4 UK Holdings, Gateshead
Nicola Chance-Thompson DL, The Piece Hall Trust, Halifax
Joint winners: Wallace Sampson, Chief Executive of Harrogate Borough Council and Ben Houchen, Tees Valley Mayor
Winner: Claire Conlaund, The Skills Network, Selby
Anna Sutton, The Data Shed, Leeds
Kenneth Wood, AA Projects Limited, Leeds
Dawn Carney, Fresh Pastures & School Milk UK, Wakefield
Winner: Bethany Ainsley, OptiMe, Billingham
Winner: Richinda Taylor, EVA Women's Aid Ltd, Redcar
Charlie Stobbart and Tom Smith, MAP Charity, Leeds
James Cross, Urban Green Newcastle
Winner: Grant Nicholson, Planet-U Energy, Leeds
William Beer, Tunley Engineering, Wakefield
Laura Hepburn, Greenology, Middlesbrough