Eight of Northern Ireland’s most respected business leaders will be joining over sixty others from across the UK in London today o compete in the prestigious Institute of Directors’ annual Director of the Year Awards.
The coveted awards will recognise and celebrate some of the nation’s most impressive business leaders, with nominees coming from a range of industries, sectors and backgrounds.
Those nominated this year include:
- Mark Hutchinson, of SJC Hutchinson Engineering – for the Family Business Director of the Year category
- Jim Dobson, of food processing company Dunbia – for the Large Company Director category
- Ian Jeffers from the Prince’s Trust and Gordon Milligan of Translink– for the Public/Third Sector category
- Michelle Hatfield, of George Best Belfast City Airport – for the Corporate Social Responsibility Director of the Year category.
- Aidan Flynn of Maurice Flynn & Sons – for the Young Director of the Year category
- Brendan Mullan, of Bryson Charitable Group and Tracy Hamilton of Mash Direct – for the Mid-Market Company Director category
Paul Terrington, chairman of the IoD NI said: “The annual Director of the Year awards celebrates the high quality of leadership exhibited throughout the UK, with each of the high calibre entrants from Northern Ireland proving that this is one of the strongest years yet.
“Whether it is big corporates, small businesses, the public sector or charities, what makes the difference between success and failure is responsible and confident leadership.
“Each year the quality and range of entrants from local businesses in Northern Ireland goes from strength to strength as business leaders continue to navigate their organisation through economic challenges by harnessing their creative talents and investing the time needed into fully understanding the complexities and regulations surrounding responsible leadership.
“At the IoD NI we support our members with training, advice and professional development, to become the most knowledgeable and capable directors possible. This year’s nominees remind us why this is so important and demonstrate the rewards that our economy and society reap from their diligence, expertise and hard-work.
“I would like to wish each of the finalists from Northern Ireland the very best of luck in the UK awards and hope they inspire other directors to follow in their footsteps.”
The awards will take place at the Lancaster London hotel where each of the eight regional finalists will compete for Director of the Year in their respective fields and for the overall award.