Shortlist revealed for England Director of the Year Awards

We are delighted to announce the shortlist for our national Director of the Year Awards which celebrate England’s most outstanding leadership talent.

The England-wide awards, in association with the University College Birmingham, showcase the achievements and contributions of business leaders across ten areas of excellence, from Sustainability and Innovation to Equality Diversity and Inclusion, as well as a newly introduced International category.

Hundreds of applications were appraised by this year’s judging panel, chaired by Ian Dormer CBE, CDir, and comprising directors, senior managers, non-executives, academics and other specialists to produce this year’s shortlist of finalists. Fifty-two businesses made it through to the final stages.

The winners will be announced at a glittering lunchtime presentation ceremony held at The Grand Hotel, Birmingham, on Friday 4 October.

Tickets are now on sale! Click here for further information and to secure your place.

“Our prestigious Director of the Year Awards, bring together some incredible success stories and highlight the inspirational achievements of England’s directors, for their businesses and their communities, in the face of challenging times. Once again this year, the standard of entries was high and I wish the very best of luck to our deserving finalists for these top honours. I look forward to celebrating with them at the awards ceremony in Birmingham in October”
Jonathan Geldart
Director General, IoD

The 2024 national finalists are:

Equality Diversity and Inclusion    

  • Danny Major, OpenDialog AI
  • Ketan Dattani, Buckingham Futures
  • Sharon Peake,Shape Talent Ltd       


  • Chris Fry. Accelar Limited
  • Greta McDonald, Sweet Lounge Group Ltd
  • Holly Kragiopoulos. North Star Coffee Roasters
  • Ketan Dattani. Buckingham Futures
  • Owen Thompson. Cambridge Future Tech Ltd
  • Richard Hagan, Crystal Doors
  • Shameem Kazmi, Britvic PLC


  • Greg Lowson, Pertemps Network Group Limited
  • Mark Smith, Royal Life Saving Society UK
  • Susan Robson, Women’s Engineering Society

Young & Start Up     

  • Alfredo Saenger, Electrogenos
  • Bethan Vincent, Open Velocity
  • Bryan Charter, Sustainable Systems Ltd / SuSy House
  • Helen Shaw, VCTC Limited
  • Jason Ghous, PHRENeTECH LTD t/a

 Public and Third Sector                  

  • Anna Bokobza. Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (EPUT)
  • Mark Heasman, Provide Community CIC
  • Sonya Chowdhury, Action for M.E.
  • Susan Robson, Women’s Engineering Society
  • Tom Elliott, Medilink North of England Limited

Family Business                  

  • Damian Nunn, Pitkin & Ruddock Ltd
  • Gary Stewart, Lyfeguard Limited
  • Jonathan Guy, Aqueous Digital
  • Lara Fox, Objective Computing Ltd
  • Paul Miller, Cornish Accounting Solutions Ltd
  • Steve Miller, The Workplace Depot


  • Alex Reip, Oxford nanoSystems Ltd
  • Fatih Tekin, MISTIS Ltd
  • Greta McDonald, Sweet Lounge Group Ltd
  • Michael Doolin, Clover HR
  • Mo Isap, IN4 Group
  • Rachel Rowley, Encore Environment


  • Chris Saul, Hitachi Europe
  • Steven Marcelino, Equatorise Advisory
  • Tom Elliott, Medilink North of England Limited


  • Dean Bennett, China Fleet Country Club
  • Emma Armstrong, Empro Business Group
  • Greta McDonald, Sweet Lounge Group Ltd
  • James Groves , Indigo Swan
  • Ketan Dattani, Buckingham Futures
  • Luke Fay, Treework Environmental Practice
  • Mo Isap, IN4 Group
  • Owen Thompson, Cambridge Future Tech Ltd
  • Rachel Garrett , CMG Technologies
  • Tom Elliott, Medilink North of England Limited

 Chartered Director

  • Sarah Walker-Smith , AMPA Holdings LLP
  • Paul Dixon, Osler Diagnostics Ltd
  • Sarah Clarke, The THINK Organisation Ltd
  • Guy Shepherd, Software Alliance Ltd

Our Director of the Year Awards 2024 are kindly in association with the University College Birmingham

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