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IoD announces Director of the Year Awards 2016 winners

21 Oct 2016

Director of the Year Awards 2016 - The WinnersSince its foundation, the IoD has promoted the highest standards of leadership in business and we have supported directors to build competitive, sustainable and innovative companies. 

The IoD Director of the Year Awards recognises the great value that business leaders , decision makers and entrepreneurs can bring. Those that have raised the bar, created wealth and inspired the next generation of business leaders.  Our UK final took place on 21 October at the Lancaster London Hotel. Congratulations to everyone that was nominated and to that won awards.


The winners

Overall Director of the Year Award 

Brendan McGurgan, CDE Global Ltd, Managing Director - Northern Ireland

Lifetime Achievement Award 

Dame Stephanie Shirley, Business woman and philanthropist 

Leader in Mental Health Awareness Award

Louise Aston, Business in the Community, Wellbeing Director

Large Company Director of the Year

Romana Abdin, Simplyhealth, CEO - South

Non-executive Director of the Year

Mike Blackburn, Greater Manchester LEP, Chairman - North West

Mid-market Director of the Year

Keith Jackson, JRI Orthopaedics Limited, CEO - Yorkshire & North East

SME Company Director of the Year

Paul McElvaney, Learning Pool, CEO - Northern Ireland

Student Member of the Year Award

Jamie Rawsthorne, Unique Insights, CEO and Co-founder - University of the West of England

Young Director of the Year

Brendan McGurgan, CDE Global Ltd, Managing Director - Northern Ireland

International Director of the Year

Peter Digby, Xtrac Limited, Chairman - South

New Chartered Director of the Year

Paul Bennett CDir FIoD, b:ssec, Executive Chairman - South West

Family Business Director of the Year

Brian McErlain, Genesis Crafty, Managing Director - Northern Ireland

Leadership in Corporate Responsibility Director of the Year

Brady George, Almeda Facilities Ltd, Managing Director - South West

Not for Profit/Third Sector Director of the Year

Louise Macdonald OBE, Young Scot, Chief Executive - Scotland

Public Sector Director of the Year

Alastair Hamilton, Invest Northern Ireland, Chief Executive - Northern Ireland


Highly commended

Overall Director of the Year Award 

Alastair Hamilton, Invest Northern Ireland, CEO - Northern Ireland

Large Company Director of the Year

Tim Jones, CH&Co Group, Chairman - South

Mid-market Director of the Year

Doug Bannister, Ports of Jersey Limited, Group CEO - Jersey

SME Company Director of the Year

Sara Speirs, Spectrum Services Solutions Ltd, Managing Director - Scotland

Student Member of the Year Award

Ross Testa, #IoDchallenge10, Brand Ambassador - Nottingham Trent University

Young Director of the Year

Marc Wileman, Sublime Science, Director - East Midlands

International Director of the Year

Gareth Loye, M&M Contractors, CEO - Northern Ireland

New Chartered Director of the Year

Allen Reid CDir FIoD, Henry Group (NI) Limited, Finance Director - Northern Ireland (2nd highest overall score)

Mark Fegan CDir FIoD, Bunzl, Financial Director - Northern Ireland (3rd highest overall score)

Winner - Family Business Director of the Year

Andrew Robinson, Arc Energy Resources Ltd, Managing Director - South West

Leadership in Corporate Responsibility Director of the Year

Carla Tully, AES UK & Ireland, President - Northern Ireland

Not for Profit/Third Sector Director of the Year

Lesley Harrison, Prison! Me! No Way!!! Jersey, Chairman - Jersey

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