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

Press Release
15 February 2016

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

The crème de la crème of Scotland’s business leaders have been shortlisted for this year’s Director of the Year Awards, to be held at Glasgow’s Crowne Plaza Hotel on Thursday 17 March 2016.

Announced today, a shortlist of 42 Scottish directors will go through to the final stages, competing for awards across nine main categories and six regional categories.
The Awards shine a light on Scotland’s most successful business Directors, Partners, Chairs, NXDs and entrepreneurs from 2015, leading any size of organisation, firm or social enterprise.

It is a celebration of Scotland’s diverse business life applauding those individuals whose creativity, leadership and responsible business practices have led to success for their organisation and the Scottish community. Categories include big business, SMEs, charities and the public sector with a special emphasis on sustainability and working practices singling out directors that foster ‘employee positive’ policies.

David Watt, Executive Director of the Institute of Directors Scotland, commented: “Quality leadership is the very definition of success within our businesses, civic institutions and third sector organisations, and for the Director of the Year Awards we will celebrate the very best of Scotland’s directors – the inspirers, visionaries, innovators and strategists that make Scottish businesses prosper.”

Award Category Shortlist
Director of the Year (Turnover over £15m)
Craig Anderson, The Scottish Salmon Company
Peter Bruce, Entier Limited
Alan Foy, Smart Metering Systems Plc
Andy Lothian, Insights Learning and Development Ltd
Angela Vickers, Apex Hotels Ltd

Director of the Year (Turnover up to £15m)
Rory Cameron, Cobbs Group
Ken Dalgleish, Aspen People Ltd
Jim Duffy, Entrepreneurial Spark
Jennifer Paice, Safe Deposits Scotland
Sara Speirs, Spectrum Service Solutions Ltd

Emerging Director
Nathalie Agnew, Muckle Media
Magnus Houston, Coast & Glen Ltd
Robert Speir, Golden Charter Ltd
Chris Thewlis, GTS Solutions CIC
Female Director
Roz Cuschieri, Genius Foods
Louise Macdonald, Young Scot
Sara Speirs, Spectrum Service Solutions Ltd
Angela Vickers, Apex Hotels Ltd

Non-Executive Director
Angus M Hogg OBE – Chairman, Carnegie UK Trust
Lesley Knox – Chairman of V&A Museum of Design, Dundee and Chairman of Grosvenor Group
Linda Urquhart OBE – NXD, Scottish Enterprise, Edinburgh Airport, Adam & Company
Public Sector Director
Sharon McKenzie, Fife Council
Prof Anton Muscatelli, University of Glasgow
Damien Yeates, Skills Development Scotland

Third Sector Director
Josh Littlejohn, Social Bite
Louise Macdonald OBE, Young Scot
Jennifer Paice, SafeDeposits Scotland
James Wells, EMMS International

Director Award for Family Friendly and Flexible Working
Bonnie Clarke, Badenoch & Clark
Ken Dalgleish, Aspen People Ltd
Julie McLauchlan, Perceptive Communicators
Bruce Tait, BTA (Bruce Tait Associates)

Director Award for a Carer Friendly, Healthy Workplace
Sharon McKenzie, Fife Council
Alastair Muir, NATS Ltd
Jennifer Roe, Carers Link
Frank Sweeney, Cunninghame Housing Association Group of Companies

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

Shortlist for Regional Directors of the Year

Aberdeen & Grampian Director of the Year
Peter Bruce, Entier Limited
Edel Harris, Cornerstone
Colin Welsh, Simmons & Company International Ltd

Edinburgh, Lothians & the Borders Director of the Year

Craig Anderson, The Scottish Salmon Company
Josh Littlejohn, Social Bite
Louise Macdonald, Young Scot

Fife & Central Scotland Director of the Year
Craig Letton, MRM – Managed Response Marketing
Paul McGowan, First Scotland East/ Midland Bluebird Ltd
Bruce Tait, BTA (Bruce Tait Associates)

Glasgow & West of Scotland Director of the Year
Martin Darroch, Harper Macleod LLP
Alan Foy, Smart Metering Systems Plc
Prof Anton Muscatelli, University of Glasgow
Damien Yeates, Skills Development Scotland

Highlands & Islands Director of the Year
Lisa Buchanan, Cantraybridge College
Jennifer Mackenzie-Hallwood, TEFL Org UK
Ingrid Webb, COPE LTD

Tayside Director of the Year
Michael Callachan, MTC Media Ltd
Eric Duncan, James Aimer Limited
Greig Johnston, Insights Learning and Development Ltd

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

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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 & Islands Enterprise, SCVO, Healthy Working Lives (NHS Scotland), Carers Scotland, The Scottish Government, Business in the Community Scotland, Caithness Glass, Connect Communications Ltd, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Edinburgh Napier University, mclcreate, reddishpink, ScotRail Business Direct, Solo Creative, Young Enterprise Scotland.
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

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