IoD Scotland recognises country’s business leaders “creativity and tenacity” in annual awards shortlist
IoD Scotland recognises country’s business leaders “creativity and tenacity” in annual awards shortlist. 2020 Director of the Year Awards receive record number of entries during extraordinary times.
The IoD Scotland has revealed the finalists for the 2020 Director of the Year Awards. In a year that saw almost 200 entries, 54 business leaders from Forres to Dumfries have been included in a shortlist across 12 key director categories and seven regional categories. The annual awards celebrate individuals’ business accomplishments in 2019, with winners set to be announced on Tuesday 8 September at the DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow Central.
In particular, the Director of the Year – Small-Medium Business category received the largest number of entries ever, and given the quality, the judges wanted to recognise the top six leaders. Those shortlisted in this category include Marshall Dallas of the EICC, Alan James of AJ Engineering & Construction Services Ltd, Heather Matthews of Little’s Chauffeur Drive Ltd, Murray McCall of Anderson Strathern, Michael Rolland of The Paint Shed and Sara Speirs from Spectrum Service Solutions Ltd.
Other award categories recognise leaders from large, international, public and third sector as well as leaders from family-owned businesses.
Malcolm Cannon, National Director of the Institute of Directors in Scotland, said: “The journey that business leaders across Scotland have been on over the last 12-months has been incredible. Never before have they been faced by such high hurdles to success; from Brexit to now COVID-19. Given the challenges facing everyone, the IoD has been overwhelmed by quality of entries received. It goes to demonstrate the tenacity and creativity that our business community has shown in these unprecedented times. I look forward to celebrating each and every one of the community’s achievements later in the year when we announce the winners.”
As part of the 2020 awards, the IoD has introduced a brand-new award recognising leaders who demonstrate a positive social value and sustainability impact. Those shortlisted in this category include David Farquhar of Intelligent Growth Solutions, Iain MacRitchie of MCR Pathways, and Martin McCrimmon of CMS Window Systems.
Cannon added: “In a world where business leaders are constantly being asked to achieve more, they are also being asked to be more responsible, both as individuals and in the businesses they run. For some organisations, that is in their lifeblood and so we felt it was right to recognise those individuals going above and beyond to create a fairer and better society. The Social Value & Sustainability Impact Award will do just that.”
The awards represent the variety of business across Scotland with awards for directors of SMEs, charities and large businesses. Winners from last year’s awards included: Robin Watson, Wood, Jamie McGowan, Essence of Harris and Brendon O’Reilly, Fashion House Group.
The IoD Scotland is also proud to reveal that Epilepsy Scotland will be its Charity of the Year for 2020. The IoD will support the charity over the next 12-months with various fundraising efforts including a prize draw at the Director of the Year Awards.
The full list of individuals shortlisted for the IoD Scotland Director of the Year 2020 Awards include:
Regional Directors of the Year Shortlist