IoD Director of the Year Awards

Celebrating excellence in the East of England

The IoD Director of the Year awards provide a prime opportunity for the success stories of British business to be brought to a national audience. These awards seek to highlight this contribution and uncover the business leaders making a difference up and down the country.

Each IoD region has its own Director of the Year awards with the winners from each category automatically entered into the national finals, which will be held on Friday 18 October at the Brewery, London. The categories for 2019 represent the core areas of business and the judging process was completed by a panel of recognised and respected industry leaders, who not only understood the challenges faced by business leaders, but also the challenges of doing business across the East of England.

The IoD East of England Awards lunch was held on Friday 14 June at the Jockey Club Rooms in Newmarket, and the 100 plus guests were entertained by an emotional and inspiring presentation from local racehorse trainer and vet, Ilka Gansera-Leveque.

The Norfolk and Suffolk directors picking up the winning awards were as follows:

Laura Morrison, MD, Your Telemarketing, Suffolk (pictured)
WINNER: CSR Director of the Year

The judges’ commented: “Laura has a passion and dedication to her CSR initiatives. She has taken a lead in positioning her organisation as a centre of excellence and provides opportunity for the disadvantaged to gain access to experience and learning.”

Patrick Peal, Chief Executive, East Anglian Air Ambulance, Norfolk
WINNER: Third Sector Director of the Year
sponsored by Rickard Luckin

The judges’ commented: “Patrick is an inspirational, innovative and clearly dedicated director. He recognises that employing talented people with the right skills and the right attitude is key. He believes in leading by example.”

Kane Halsey, CEO, Pickr, Norfolk
WINNER: Start-Up Director of the Year

The judges’ commented: “Kane is a self-motivator who also recognises and rewards those working with him. He has worked hard and is set to revolutionise the way telecoms and utilities businesses source the workforce they need.”

Norfolk and Suffolk Directors picking up Highly Commended awards included: Helen Rudd, MD of Prominent PR in Suffolk for SME Director of the Year, Judeline Nicholas, Director of Judeline Nicholas Associates in Norfolk for Inclusive Director of the Year, and Alton Nutile, NED Community Action Norfolk for Non-Executive Director of the Year Award.

“We refer to the East of England as the ‘Enterprising East’ and the winners of our Awards are testament to this regional identity. It was a real pleasure to recognise these incredible leaders and we are delighted that they will be representing the Enterprising East at the National Finals.” Simone Robinson, Regional Director,
IoD East of England

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