Yorkshire directors shortlisted for national IoD awards

Six company directors from Yorkshire and the Humber will compete against the best of Britain at the IoD’s prestigious Director of the Year Awards this year.

A strong delegation from the region includes Delroy Beverley, director of property solutions at Bradford-based social housing group Incommunities, who is shortlisted in two categories – Corporate Responsibility and Not for Profit / Third Sector.

Neil Fisher, managing director of Hull-based Airco, and Gav Winter, managing director of Leeds-based The Test People, are both shortlisted in the SME category. This follows their triumph as joint overall winners at the Yorkshire and the Humber Director of the Year awards, held in Sheffield in June.

Also on the shortlist is Herwig Vennekens, managing director of Haribo manufacturer Dunhills (Pontefract), who will be vying for the Large Company title.

Sophie Jewett, director of York Cocoa House, will be Yorkshire and the Humber’s representative in the Young Director of the Year category, while Julia Gash, chief executive of Sheffield-based Bag It Don’t Bin It, will compete for the International Director award.

The Director of the Year awards are recognised as one of the highest honours for business leaders. The ceremony takes place on Friday 23 October 2015, at the Lancaster London Hotel.

Natalie Sykes, regional director for the IoD in Yorkshire and the North East, said: “This is a wonderful result for the Yorkshire and Humber region and clearly demonstrates that our business leaders are on the right track. We look forward to supporting them in October.

“They will be hoping to continue this region’s superb record at the national IoD Director of the Year Awards, which are the pinnacle of achievement for company directors.”

Delroy Beverley
Delroy Beverley (right) receives his IoD Yorkshire and the Humber Director of the Year award from Joe Yates, financial director, Vista


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