Scotland’s top directors honoured at IoD Director of the Year Awards

Awards receive 25% boost in number of entries

Fifteen executives have collected top honours at this year’s IoD (Institute of Directors) Director of the Year Awards.
They are:
IoD Scotland Director of the Year Large Businesses
Douglas Whyte, CEO, Hydro Group plc
IoD Scotland Director of the Year Medium Size Businesses
Jennifer MacKenzie-Hallwood, Managing Director, TEFL Org UK
Highly Commended: Michael Young, Chief Executive Officer, MBN Solutions
IoD Scotland Director of the Year Small Businesses
Tom Campbell, Chief Executive, North Highland Initiative
IoD Scotland Director of the Year Awards were presented in a further six categories:
IoD Scotland Emerging Director of the Year
Sonia Cottom, Director, Pain Association Scotland
Highly Commended: Andrew Dobbie, Managing Director, MadeBrave
Badenoch & ClarkFemale Director of the Year
Shirley Campbell, Director for People, Workplace & Organisational Development, Scottish Water
Highly Commended: Rhona Baillie, Chief Executive, The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice
Bank of Scotland Non-Executive Director of the Year
Marie Macklin CBE, Non-Executive Director, Appointedd
mclcreate Public Sector Director of the Year
Prof David Hillier, Executive Dean at Strathclyde Business School,
and Associate Principal at the University of Strathclyde
SCVO Third Sector Director 
of the Year
Theresa Shearer, Chief Executive Officer, ENABLE Scotland
Scottish Business Pledge Workplace Innovation Director of the Year
Gregory Chauvet, Cycling Enthusiast Officer (CEO), Glasgow Bike Station
Highly Commended: Stephen Robertson, Director, Metis Partners Ltd
The Scottish category winners will also have a shot at the prestigious UK Director of the Year Awards, which take place in London in September.
Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work, Keith Brown MSP, said: “The Scottish Government is committed to supporting sustainable business growth, and fostering a fairer and more prosperous Scotland.
“The Institute of Director’s Scottish Awards provides an annual opportunity to showcase the innovation and excellence of Scottish companies that underpins growth in our economy and which I see regularly as I visit companies across Scotland. It is only right that we continue to celebrate their achievements and I congratulate all those nominated tonight.”
As well as the main categories, two discretionary awards were made:
IoD Scotland Chair’s Award
Lady Susan Rice CBE
IoD Scotland Young Enterprise Scotland Award
Natalie Roberts, Managing Director, Glass Act
Individual awards were also made across the six regions:
IoD Regional Directors of the Year
Aberdeen & Grampian Regional Director of the Year
Douglas Whyte, CEO, Hydro Group plc
Highly Commended: Stuart McLeod, Managing Director, Delphian Ballistics Limited
Edinburgh, Lothians & the Borders RegionalDirector of the Year
Sheenagh Adams, Keeper of the Registers of Scotland, Registers of Scotland
Fife & Central Scotland Regional Director of the Year
Derek Robertson, Chief Executive Officer, Keep Scotland Beautiful
Glasgow & West of Scotland RegionalDirector of the Year
Theresa Shearer, Chief Executive Officer, ENABLE Scotland
Highlands and Islands Enterprise RegionalDirector of the Year
Alasdair Ferguson, Group Managing Director, Ferguson Transport & Shipping
Highly Commended: Michael Tait, Managing & Production Director, Shetland Mussels Ltd
Tayside Regional Director of the Year
John Reid, Director (General Manager of Michelin Dundee; Director of Michelin Northern Europe), Michelin
David Watt, Executive Director of the Institute of Directors in Scotland, said: “Although a diverse group, all the award winners share certain characteristics. They are all effective and dynamic leaders, full of ambition and creativity, which is exactly what we need at the top of our businesses and organisations, particularly at the moment, when strong leadership can remain a constant driver of performance amid overwhelming change inflicted by external forces.
“With a 25% boost in the number of entries this year, it’s pleasing to see so many businesses recognising and valuing good leadership, and thriving across a diverse range of industries and sectors.
And this year we have once again been shown exceptional business success across the board – whether this has been achieved by leading success in turnover growth, taking an organisation from local to global, innovating and creating world class products, excelling in customer service or creating opportunities and having a positive impact on communities – this year’s crop of directors is living proof that Scotland is in an excellent position to compete on the global stage.”
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