The chief executive of East Coast Rail is just one of a number of high profile business leaders from Yorkshire shortlisted for the national IoD Director of the Year award.
Karen Boswell, who has steered the rail company to stabilization and profitability has been shortlisted in the Large Company category for the October finals in London.
Mrs Boswell who is now gearing the company up for reprivatisation next year is joined on the shortlist by other leading directors recognized by the UK’s leading business lobbying organisation.
Yorkshire’s SME sector has been given a boost with Gav Winter, managing director of the Test People shortlisted in the Small and Medium category for his work while Julia Gash, founder and MD of Bag it Don’t Bin it, has also been recognised for her achievements as one of the UK’s brightest entrepreneurs.
Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire and the man who fronted the successful ‘Le Grand Depart’ in Yorkshire, is shortlisted in the Public and Third Sector category capping off a successful year and Andrew Seaton, managing director for Resolve IT Solutions is up for the Young Director award.
The winners of the seven categories will be unveiled at a special celebratory lunch on October 24 at the Lancaster London hotel.
Speaking on the nominations, Natalie Sykes, regional director for the IOD said:
“Yorkshire directors have a phenomenal record of achievement at the national Director of the Year Awards with both Graham Honeyman, of Sheffield Forgemasters and Lawrence Tomlinson of LNT Group being named overall Directors of the Year.
“We look forward to more Yorkshire success in 2014 and wish all a our applicants good luck in October.”