The IoD’s Director of the Year Awards took place on Friday, drawing together heat winners from across the UK. The grand final revealed the overall champions in categories such as Public Sector, Start-up, and Non-Executive Director.
Linda Pollard, chair of Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, has been awarded the Neville Bain Memorial Award for Director and Board Practice. IoD Director General Jonathan Geldart said she represented ‘a prime example of the importance of good governance in the public and private sectors alike’.
Jonathan added, “I would like to congratulate all of our Award winners, each of whom have shown dedication, ingenuity, and leadership, inspiring those around them. Better directors make for better businesses, which is to the benefit of the economy and society as a whole”.
IoD Chair Charlotte Valeur delivered a speech at the awards, extracts of which appeared in the Evening Standard.
Commenting on the current political situation, she said “We directors know how tempting it is, when faced with a difficult decision, to push it down the agenda. But repeated delay is not sustainable in the long run”.
She explained “No deal would represent complete failure from politicians on all sides. The majority of our members have said they cannot be ready for this scenario by the end of this month”. The awards were also reported in the Scotland on Sunday and in the Herald Scotland.
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