IoD announces shortlist for Director of the Year awards

The Institute of Directors (IoD) has unveiled the shortlist for its prestigious Director of the Year awards in Yorkshire and the Humber.

The shortlisted individuals run a range of organisations, from confectionery to orthopaedics. Herwig Vennekens, managing director of Haribo UK, is shortlisted for three awards. There is also representation from the public sector in the shape of Leeds City Council’s Martin Farrington and Keith Rowley of the NHS.

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.

Humber businessman Richard Tuplin, sales and operations director of Jelf Insurance Partnership, chaired the judging panel. He said: “This is a very strong shortlist and it was a tough job for the judges to choose from a high standard of nominations.

The winners will fully deserve their accolades because they are up against stiff competition.”

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.

Richard Tuplin
Richard Tuplin

The shortlist is:

Not for Profit / CSR Director of the Year                          

Delroy Beverley, Property Solutions Incommunities Group Ltd

Keith Rowley, NHS (NOE CPC)

Martin  Farrington, Leeds City Council

Young Director                                

Sophie Jewett, York Cocoa House

William Sutton, Vista

Nik Pratap, Brewster Pratap Recruitment Group

SME Director of the Year                            

Neil Fisher, Airco Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Ltd

Gav Winter, The Test People

Simon  Gray, Boost Drinks Ltd

Keith Jackson, JRI Orthopaedics

Large Company                               

Herwig Vennekens, Dunhills (Pontefract) PLC (Haribo)

David Hurcomb, NG Bailey Group Ltd

International Director of the Year                          

Julia Gash, Bag It Don’t Bin It Ltd

Herwig Vennekens, Dunhills (Pontefract) PLC (Haribo)

Keith Jackson, JRI Orthopaedics

North East SME Director of the Year                                

Daniel  Robinson, Gus Robinson Developments Ltd

Pete Watson, Atlas Cloud

Stewart McNicholl, AMS Asbestos Management Services

Dean Benson, Visual Soft (UK) Ltd

Overall Director of the Year                                   

Neil Fisher, Airco Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Ltd

Gav Winter, The Test People

Herwig Vennekens, Dunhills (Pontefract) PLC (Haribo)

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