Director of the Year Awards
Celebrating Business Leadership
This year’s winners…
The successes of Scotland’s top business leaders were celebrated at this year’s IoD Scotland Director of the Year Awards.
Almost 350 guests from all sectors of Scotland’s business community gathered at the Crowne Plaza Glasgow on Thursday 23 March 2017 as the winners of these highly-regarded awards were revealed.
The top award – the IoD Scotland Director of the Year Award – went to:
- Douglas Whyte, Hydro Group plc – Large businesses
- Jennifer Mackenzie-Hallwood, TEFL Org UK – Medium size businesses
- Tom Campbell, North Highland Initiative – Small businesses
The Institute of Directors promotes responsible business practice and entrepreneurial activity. The Awards are a celebration of business successes achieved in 2016. Recognising that Scotland needs robust business leadership and strong role models in the boardroom, the IoD Awards are about celebrating business excellence – every winner is an example of excellence in directorship. Their vision, creativity and sheer hard work led their organisation to success in 2016.
This was the highest number ever of entries for the IoD Scotland Awards – with submissions ranging from household names to exciting new start-ups – from a wide variety of sectors: transport, energy, digital, third, engineering, consultancy, food & drink, and the arts. Particularly exciting was the high number of entries for the newly-launched Workplace Innovation Director Award. Its sponsor, Scottish Business Pledge, is delighted that there are companies and organisations taking seriously their commitment to equality, opportunity and innovation in business.
David Watt, Executive Director of IoD Scotland, commented: “This year we have once again been shown exceptional business success across the board – whether this has been achieved by leading success in turnover growth, taking an organisation from local to global, innovating and creating world class products, excelling in customer service or creating opportunities and having a positive impact on communities – this year’s crop of directors is living proof that Scotland is in an excellent position to compete on the global stage.”
What the awards show is that Scotland is a thriving powerhouse of business initiative and enterprise, led by outstanding individuals.
In addition to the main director categories, awards made across the six regions saw individuals honoured as Regional Director of the Year.