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Dewar and Wayte take top IoD honours

Gordon DewarEdinburgh airport chief executive Gordon Dewar and the head of Golden Charter Ronnie Wayte took the top prizes at this year’s Institute of Directors Scotland Director of the Year Awards.

Mr Dewar (left) won the award in the over-£35m turnover category while Mr Wayte picked up the prize for companies with a smaller revenue.

Airport boss Mr Dewar was recognised for his achievements in “motivational leadership, strong focus on customer service, improved infrastructure and the introduction of new routes.”

According to the jugding panel, this has “enhanced the attractiveness of Edinburgh Airport, making it a valuable asset for Edinburgh, and indeed Scotland.”

Mr Wayte’s leadership of funeral plan provider Golden Charter has produced “an excellent solid performance over a prolonged period.  The company has grown organically through diversification, a good team and board expertise,” said the panel.

IoD Scotland Director of the Year Awards were presented in a further seven categories:

SCVO Third Sector: Frank Sweeney, chief executive of Cunninghame Housing Association.

Public Sector: Christina Potter, principal and chief executive, Dundee & Angus College.

Female Director: Jo Macsween, managing director, Macsween

Healthy, carer positive workplace:  Judy Keir, director people and cutlure, City of Glasgow College.

Family friendly and flexible working: Celia Tennant, chief executive, Inspiring Scotland

Emerging: Ryan Stroulger, chief financial officer, Parkmead Group

Non-executive: Magnus Swanson, chairman, Golden Charter, Law at Work, eConnect Cards, Nairn Improvement Community Enterprise, National Galleries of Scotland Foundation

Scottish category winners will go through to the UK Director of the Year Awards, which takes place in London, in November.

The awards reflect the diversity of business life in Scotland, with categories for big business, SMEs, charities and the public sector.  For the first time, sustainability and working practices are celebrated, with directors singled out for ‘employee positive’ policies.

Minister for Business, Energy and Tourism, Fergus Ewing said: “The Scottish Government remains focused on supporting business growth, and fostering a fairer and more prosperous Scotland.

“The Institute of Director’s Scottish Awards provide a welcome annual opportunity to celebrate the achievements of individuals and organisations – and acknowledge that it underpins job creation and growth in our economy. It is important that we recognise, learn from, and build on success.  These Awards help showcase the innovation, diversity and excellence that I see regularly as I visit companies across Scotland.”

As well as the main categories, a number of discretionary awards were also made in special areas:

IoD Scotland chairman’s award: William Martin Ritchie, Dame Seona Reid

Princes Trust Scotland award: Robin Knox, director, Intelligent Point of Sale

Young Enterprise Scotland (YES) award: Penny Leake, managing director, Branching Out (part of Inverurie Academy’s YES programme), Campbell Orr, managing director, Firefly (part of George Watson’s College’s YES programme).

Individual awards were made across the six regions:

Aberdeen and Grampian director: Peter Bruce, Entier; emerging director: Ryan Stroulger, Parkmead

Edinburgh, Lothians & Borders director: Gordon Dewar, Edinburgh airport; emerging: Scott Whyte, Watermans Accident Claims & Care

Fife & Central director: Paul Miller, Eden Mill distillery and brewery; emerging: Prof Sharon Bolton, Stirling Management School

Glasgow & West of Scotland director: Ronnie Wayte, Golden Charter; emerging: Marion Forbes, Mactaggart & Mickel Homes

Highlands & Islands Enterprise director: Ben Wilson, Inverlussa Marine Services; emerging: Matt Stevenson, CLDB

Tayside director: Christina Potter, Dundee & Angus College; emerging: Daniel Webster, Webster Developments

David Watt, Executive Director of the Institute of Directors in Scotland said: “What all the award winners have in common is growth – whether achieved organically, or through acquisition or investment – this year’s crop of directors are living proof that businesses are leading the way in growing the economy.

“Whether leading success in turnover, delivering shareholder value, innovating and creating world class products, creating challenges and opportunities for individuals, excelling in customer service or striving to make working environments better, everything that these directors and their peers do has an impact on our everyday life.  As such they set a fine example for those that aspire to follow in their footsteps – the future generation of Scottish directors.”

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