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Scotland’s business leaders line up for the IoD Director of the Year Awards

Press Release
20 February 2017

Scotland’s business leaders line up for the IoD Director of the Year Awards

Scotland’s top crop of directors have been shortlisted for the Director of the Year Awards, celebrating individuals’ business achievements in 2016.

A record number of nominations have been received for this year’s awards, which will be held at the Crowne Plaza Glasgow on Thursday 23 March 2017.

Announced today, a shortlist of 41 Scottish business leaders will go through to the final stages, competing for awards across nine key director categories and six regional categories.

The Awards reflect the diversity of business life in Scotland, with categories for big business, SMEs, charities and the public sector and applaud those individuals whose creativity, leadership or innovative business practices have led to success for their organisation and the communities they serve.

David Watt, Executive Director of the Institute of Directors in Scotland, commented: “With a 25% boost in the number of entries this year, it’s pleasing to see so many businesses recognising good leadership, and thriving across a diverse range of industries and sectors.
“It is hugely important for Scotland, and its economy and people, that we have effective and dynamic leadership at the very top of our businesses and organisations particularly at the moment, when strong leadership can remain a constant driver of performance amid overwhelming change inflicted by external forces.”

Director of the Year Large Businesses
Shortlist
Sheenagh Adams, Registers of Scotland – Edinburgh
Martin Dorchester, David MacBrayne Ltd – Gourock
Alasdair Ferguson, Ferguson Transport & Shipping – Fort William
Prof David Hillier, University of Strathclyde – Glasgow
Douglas Whyte, Hydro Group plc – Aberdeen

Director of the Year Medium Size Businesses
Shortlist
Jennifer MacKenzie-Hallwood, TEFL Org UK – Inverness
Scott Mitchell, The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh Commercial Premises – Edinburgh
Michael Tait, Shetland Mussels Ltd – Shetland
Michael Young, MBN Solutions – Glasgow

Director of the Year Small Businesses
Shortlist
Nathalie Agnew, Muckle Media – Edinburgh/Inverness
Tom Campbell, North Highland Initiative – Wick
Matthew Gammell & Marcus Pickering – Edinburgh
Pickering’s Gin, Summerhall Distillery
Mandy Haeburn-Little, Scottish Business Resilience Centre – Stirling

Emerging Director
Shortlist
Nathalie Agnew, Muckle Media – Edinburgh/Inverness
Gregory Chauvet, Glasgow Bike Station – Glasgow
Sonia Cottom, Pain Association Scotland – Perth
Andrew Dobbie, MadeBrave – Glasgow

Female Director
Shortlist
Rhona Baillie, The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice – Glasgow
Shirley Campbell, Scottish Water – Dunfermline
Jennifer MacKenzie-Hallwood, TEFL Org UK – Inverness
Becky Woodhouse, PURE Spa & Beauty – Edinburgh/Glasgow/Aberdeen

Non-Executive Director
Shortlist
Dame Sue Bruce DBE
Lorraine Hall, Shetland Arts Development Agency – Shetland
Marie Macklin CBE, Appointedd – Glasgow
Stuart Renton, Vetcel Ltd – Kincardine

Public Sector Director
Shortlist
Sheenagh Adams, Registers of Scotland – Edinburgh
Shirley Campbell, Scottish Water – Dunfermline
Prof David Hillier, University of Strathclyde – Glasgow
Karen Reid, Care Inspectorate – Dundee

Public Sector Director
Shortlist
Sheenagh Adams, Registers of Scotland – Edinburgh
Shirley Campbell, Scottish Water – Dunfermline
Prof David Hillier, University of Strathclyde – Glasgow
Karen Reid, Care Inspectorate – Dundee

Third Sector Director
Shortlist
Tom Campbell, North Highland Initiative – Wick
Duncan Dunlop, Who Cares? Scotland – Glasgow
Theresa Shearer, ENABLE Scotland – Lanarkshire
Celine Sinclair, The Yard – Edinburgh

Director Award for Workplace Innovation
Shortlist
Shirley Campbell, Scottish Water – Dunfermline
Gregory Chauvet, Glasgow Bike Station – Glasgow
Karen Reid, Care Inspectorate – Dundee
Stephen Robertson, Metis Partners – Glasgow

In addition to the main director categories, awards made across the six regions will see individuals honoured as Regional Directors of the Year.

Regional Directors of the Year Shortlist:

Aberdeen & Grampian
Shortlist
Stuart Common, Mackie’s Ltd
Neil McKenzie, Alba Power Ltd
Stuart McLeod, Delphian Ballistics Limited
Douglas Whyte, Hydro Group plc

Edinburgh, Lothians & the Borders
Shortlist
Sheenagh Adams, Registers of Scotland
Matthew Gammell & Marcus Pickering, Pickerings Gin, Summerhall Distillery (joint nomination)
Scott Mitchell, The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh Commercial Enterprises
Becky Woodhouse, PURE Spa & Beauty

Fife & Central Scotland
Shortlist
Julie Ellen, Macrobert Arts Centre
Mandy Haeburn-Little, Scottish Business Resilience Centre
Derek Robertson, Keep Scotland Beautiful
Bruce Tait, BTA (Bruce Tait Associates)

Glasgow & West of Scotland
Shortlist
Louis Schena, Swipii Labs
Theresa Shearer, ENABLE Scotland
Lorraine Usher, Loreburn Housing Association
Michael Young, MBN Solutions

Highlands & Islands
Shortlist
Tom Campbell, North Highland Initiative
Andy Dytch, ILM Highland
Alasdair Ferguson, Ferguson Transport & Shipping
Jennifer MacKenzie-Hallwood, TEFL Org UK
Michael Tait, Shetland Mussels Ltd

Tayside
Shortlist
John Reid, Michelin
Karen Reid, Care Inspectorate
John Reynolds OBE, Castle Water Ltd
Theresa Wishart, Journeycall – part of The ESP Group

The Scottish category winners will also have a shot at the prestigious UK Director of the Year Awards, which take place in London, in September.

Ends
Issued on behalf of the Institute of Directors. Contact for further comments:
Lesley Brydon or Lina Lustig
Telephone: 0131 225 9596 / 07771 630834
lesley@clarkcommunications.co.uk / lina@clarkcommunications.co.uk

Notes to editors

Sponsors and supporters of the Director of the Year Awards
Badenoch & Clark, Bank of Scotland, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), Scottish Business Pledge, Edinburgh Napier University, mclcreate, Young Enterprise Scotland, ScotRail, Connect Communications Ltd, Crowne Plaza Glasgow, Reddishpink, Solo Creative, Scottish Business in the Community, Kinloch Anderson
For further information on the Awards, or to reserve a table or seat visit www.iodscotland.com or contact Joyce Lamond at joyce@firstcityevents.co.uk

• The Institute of Directors (IoD) was founded in 1903 and obtained a Royal Charter in 1906. The IoD is a non-party political organisation with approximately 35,000 members in the United Kingdom and overseas. Membership includes directors from right across the business spectrum – from media to manufacturing, e-business to the public and voluntary sectors. Members include CEOs of large corporations as well as entrepreneurial directors of start-up companies.

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