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Scottish Directors on a National Stage

Scottish directors on a national stage
• Five Directors join the UK Director of the Year Awards shortlist
• Two leading Scots assume positions on IoD National Council

Over eighty of the UK’s leading directors from across the country, including five from Scotland, have been shortlisted for the Institute of Directors’ annual Director of the Year Awards Finals.

Directors from Scotland on the UK Director of the Year Awards shortlist are:

Sara Spiers, Managing Director, Spectrum Services Solutions Ltd, Paisley (Category: Director of the Year – Small to Medium sized Company)
Magnus Houston, Managing Director-Founder, Coast and Glen – Fishbox, Inverness (Category: Young Director of the Year)
Damien Yeates, CEO, Skills Development Scotland, Glasgow (Category: Public Sector Director of the Year)
Louise Macdonald OBE, CEO, Young Scot, Edinburgh (Category: Not for Profit/Third Sector Director of the Year)
Jennifer Paice, CEO, SafeDeposits Scotland, Glasgow (Category: Not for Profit/Third Sector Director of the Year)

The awards, which take place on 21 October at the prestigious Lancaster London Hotel, will recognise and celebrate some of the nation’s most impressive business leaders, with nominees coming from a range of industries, sectors and backgrounds. The high-calibre entrants have been recognised as the best in their field by the organisation for business leaders, the IoD, on the basis of having all made outstanding contributions in their fields.

David Hoey, chairman of IoD Glasgow, the ‘home’ branch of three of the nominees, said:
“All the nominations are well deserved, and it’s wonderful to see Scotland’s directors well represented on a UK stage. Their leadership skills, drive, creativity, business achievements, and the way they have overcome challenges or led growth in their own organisations are an example to all current and aspiring directors.”

In addition to Scotland being well represented on the Awards stage, two of Scotland’s most distinguished directors have been assumed onto the Institute of Directors Council, in recognition of their commitment and past contribution to the organisation.

Appointed to the national Council are Ian McKay, founder of facilitation and mediation consultancy Otherhand Ltd and past Chair of IoD Scotland; and Dame Joan Stringer, former Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Edinburgh Napier University.

David Watt, Executive Director of the IoD in Scotland, said: “Both our representation at the UK Director of the Year Awards and the national Council appointments, underline the breadth of Scotland’s leadership experience and how it is being applied at a local and national level. These are challenging times for the business community, and strong leadership is crucial to provide a steady hand through the uncharted waters ahead.”

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Issued on behalf of the Institute of Directors in Scotland. Contact for further comments:
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Notes to editors

• 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 entrepreneurs and directors of start-up companies.

• IoD in Scotland has six branches – Edinburgh, Glasgow, Tayside, Fife, Aberdeen and Highlands and Islands – www.iodscotland.com

• The IoD is dedicated to encouraging entrepreneurial activity through good governance and responsible business practice. It provides an effective voice to represent the interests of its members to key opinion-formers at the highest levels. Follow us on Twitter to get the IoD’s reaction on business and public policy issues.

• For further information, visit our website: www.iodscotland.com.

to his role a wealth of business transition, transformation and consulting expertise, having held various management and consulting positions and serving global and multinational clients in recent years, including senior management roles at leading global professional services company Accenture.

Commenting on his appointment, Andy says: “This is a great time to be in business in Tayside. We have a mixed economy with some very large enterprises such as Stagecoach; world renowned universities and a thriving SME sector and working with my committee we aim to further improve our economy and to create better business by increasing the quality of the directors working here.

“We will lead a strong focus on engaging our membership on topics related to how we operate our businesses and the regional, national and global economic contexts within which we operate. We will do so by a mixture of expert led discussion, workshops and opportunities to influence key political and business leaders.

“Other focus points will be to rebalance our membership to be better represented in, e.g., manufacturing, media, and emerging technologies and to increase our participation and reach by holding some of our discussions and meetings online.”

David Watt, Executive director of the IoD in Scotland concludes: “We welcome both Douglas and Andy as they come on board to grow the IoD network, to connect businesses and business leaders, and to champion best practice in the boardroom as well as drive positive development across Tayside and Fife’s business sectors.”

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Issued on behalf of the IoD Scotland by Clark Communications. Please contact:
Lesley Brydon or Lina Lustig
0131 225 9596 / 07771 630834
lesley@clarkcommunications.co.uk
lina@clarkcommunications.co.uk

Notes:

The Institute of Directors

• 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 34,000 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, third sector and public sector

• The IoD provides an effective voice to represent the interests of its members to key opinion-formers at the highest levels. These include Government ministers and their shadows, parliamentary committee members, senior civil servants and think-tanks. IoD policies and views are actively promoted to the national, regional and trade media. Follow us on Twitter to get the IoD’s reaction on business and public policy issues.

• The IoD offers a wide range of business services which include business centre facilities, with 15 UK centres (including three in London, Reading, Birmingham, Cardiff, Manchester, Nottingham, Norwich, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Belfast), conferences, networking events, virtual offices, issues-led guides and literature, as well as free access to business information and advisory services. The IoD places great emphasis on director development and has established a certified qualification for directors – Chartered Director – as well as running specific board and director-level training and individual career mentoring programmes.

• For further information, visit the website: www.iod.com.

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