IoD appoints judges for Director of the Year awards

The Institute of Directors (IoD) has unveiled the panel of business experts who will determine the winners of its prestigious Director of the Year awards in Yorkshire and the Humber.

Humber businessman Richard Tuplin, sales and operations director of Jelf Insurance Partnership, will chair the judging panel, which meets on 11 May to debate the entries and select the winners.

He will be joined by: Simon Walton, partner, Berwick Partners; Carolyn Pearson, managing director,;  Etta Cohen, managing director, Etta Cohen; Andy Wood, managing partner, Leeds and Newcastle offices,  Grant Thornton; Alastair Thomson, director of corporate engagement, Teeside University; Shelia Stokes White, director, Strategic Solutions; Stephen Hall, partner, Deloitte; and Anthony Knowles, head of employer and delivery services (North East), National Apprenticeship Service.

The trophies will be awarded at the Hilton Sheffield hotel in Victoria Quays on 11 June. Winners go forward to the national IoD Director of the Year awards.

Tuplin said: “As ever, the calibre of nominations for these well-respected awards is very high. I’m looking forward to scrutinising the entries with my fellow judges to ensure that we are awarding prizes to the very best in Yorkshire.”

The awards categories are:

  • Director of the Year (small to medium company)
  • Director of the Year (large company)
  • Young Director of the Year
  • Not for Profit/CSR Director of the Year
  • Lifetime Achievement
  • International Director of the Year

The 2015 awards will also see the presentation of the North East Director of the Year (small to medium company) award.

Sponsors of this year’s awards event are Deloitte; GDF Suez Energy UK; Leeds Beckett University; Hilton Sheffield; Vista; Sheffield Hallam University; NGC Networks and UKTI. Further information is available by contacting

Richard Tuplin
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