Five directors from Scotland join the UK Director of the Year Awards shortlist as two leading Scots assume positions on the IoD National Council
An Edinburgh director has become one of only five from Scotland to be shortlisted for the Institute of Directors’ annual Director of the Year Awards finals.
Louise Macdonald OBE, CEO of Young Scot, the national youth information and citizenship charity, joins more than 80 of the UK’s leading directors in the final stages of the competition alongside fellow Scots Sara Spiers, managing director of Paisley-based Spectrum Services Solutions; Magnus Houston, managing director-founder of Coast and Glen – Fishbox in Inverness; Damien Yeates, CEO of Glasgow-based Skills Development Scotland, and Jennifer Paice, CEO of SafeDeposits Scotland, which is also based in Glasgow.
The awards, which take place on 21 October at the Lancaster London Hotel, will recognise and celebrate some of the nation’s most impressive business leaders, with nominees coming from a range of industries, sectors and backgrounds.
According to organisers, the entrants have been recognised as the best in their fields by the IoD after each having made outstanding contributions in their line of work.
David Hoey, chairman of IoD Glasgow, the ‘home’ branch of three of the nominees, said: “All the nominations are well deserved, and it’s wonderful to see Scotland’s directors well represented on a UK stage.
“Their leadership skills, drive, creativity, business achievements, and the way they have overcome challenges or led growth in their own organisations are an example to all current and aspiring directors.”
As well as Scotland being well represented on the awards stage, two of Scotland’s most distinguished directors have been assumed onto the Institute of Directors Council in recognition of their commitment and past contribution to the organisation.
They are Ian McKay, founder of facilitation and mediation consultancy Otherhand Ltd and past Chair of IoD Scotland; and Dame Joan Stringer, former principal and vice-chancellor of Edinburgh Napier University.
David Watt, executive director of the IoD in Scotland, said: “Both our representation at the UK Director of the Year Awards and the national Council appointments, underline the breadth of Scotland’s leadership experience and how it is being applied at a local and national level.
“These are challenging times for the business community, and strong leadership is crucial to provide a steady hand through the uncharted waters ahead.”