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Awards Criteria and Guidelines

The nomination process is split into three phases to deliver the highest quality nominations and winners.  

Due to the level of skill and expertise Non-Executive Directors provide to Scottish businesses, there is no phased judging in this category. Please download the category specific form and complete and return to awards@firstcityevents.co.uk

Phase 1

Each nomination in both the Director and Regional Awards respond to a number of questions, to be submitted before the deadline of Monday 11 December:

  • Description of business
  • Year company was established
  • Year nominee joined company
  • Number of years nominee has had at Director level
  • Turnover for the last three financial years
  • Pre-tax Profit (or Surplus for Third Sector organisations) for the last three financial years
  • Number of employees at company
  • The performance of the nominee’s company or organisation in the past 12 months
    • Facts, figures and evidence, e.g. year-on-year comparisons, growth in staff numbers or exports score more highly with the judges than general statements and anecdotes.
  • The nominee’s role in improving the organisation’s performance in the past 12 months
  • What makes this individual an outstanding director?
    • Demonstrate the nominee’s individual achievement, initiative, experience, drive and commitment to responsible and sustainable business practice that have contributed to the success of the business organisation in 2017

Nominations in the Public Sector, Third Sector, Workplace Innovation Director and the NEW category – Family Business Director – should also include additional information, specific to the category.  Guidance notes are included on the online form and can also be viewed under Notes on the Award Categories page.

Nominations in the Director categories are assessed by an independent panel of judges – selected candidates from this phase progress to the next stage.

Nominations in the Regional categories are judged by the Institute’s branch committees who select the winners and finalists.

Should a Regional submission be considered relevant for one of the Director categories and not already entered, it may be passed to the independent panel of judges in this phase.

Should a Director submission be considered relevant for one of the Regional categories and not already entered, it may be passed to the Institute’s branch committees in this phase.

Phase 2

Those selected to go through to this phase in the Director categories are contacted direct, along with their nominator, and asked to provide a colour head and shoulders photograph, confirmation of their key details and to complete a supplementary form to provide information in response to the following for return by Monday 22 January:

  1. The nominee’s achievements in personal and staff development and employee engagement;
  2. The nominee’s strategic leadership approach which achieves social, environmental and economic success for their business and for Scotland;
  3. The nominee’s contribution to robust corporate governance (The purpose of corporate governance is to facilitate effective, entrepreneurial and prudent management that can deliver long-term success of the company.  It is about what the board of a company does and how it sets the values of the company and is to be distinguished from the day to day operational management of the company by full time executives)
  4. The nominee’s contribution to the profession of directorship (use of the Board to best effect in order to develop strategy, set clear goals and monitor and measure performance).  It is important to also include examples of where this individual’s contribution, influence and impact are felt outside of their own organisation, on other boards and groups across their industry sector, their communities and society in general.

Please ensure your nominee is notified of any submission you may make on their behalf.

Phase 3

The information submitted in phase 1 is considered together with the information from Phase 1 by an independent judging panel who agree a shortlist of up to 4 candidates in each of the Director Award categories.

Edinburgh Napier University Business School carry out background checks on all finalists, including Company House records and various other sources through the Edinburgh Research Institute (ERI).

All submissions in the Non-Executive Director category will also be considered at this stage.

Useful Information

Nominations are open to all at director level or equivalent, whether or not you are an IoD member.

You are encouraged to put forward an individual for more than one category where appropriate, but nominees will not be eligible to win more than one Director Award.

The category winners and finalists will be acknowledged and celebrated at the Awards Ceremony & Gala Dinner in Glasgow on Thursday 22 March 2018.

Download examples of a phase-one-submission and phase-two-responses as a guide.

If you have any queries please email awards@firstcityevents.co.uk or call Joyce on 01577 865498 / 07711 432745 or Alice on 07483 812596.

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