Director of the Year Awards Finals

Five from Scotland on director awards shortlist


Jennifer Paice
Jennifer Paice
Damien Yeates
Damien Yeates

More than 80 of the UK’s leading directors from across the country, including five from Scotland, have been shortlisted for the Institute of Directors’ annual Director of the Year Awards Finals.

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.

The high-calibre entrants have been recognised as the best in their field by the organisation for business leaders, the IoD, on the basis of having all made outstanding contributions in their fields.  

Directors from Scotland on the UK Director of the Year Awards shortlist are: 

         Sara Spiers, Managing Director, Spectrum Services Solutions Ltd, Paisley (Category: Director of the Year – Small to Medium sized Company)

         Magnus Houston, Managing Director-Founder, Coast and Glen – Fishbox, Inverness (Category: Young Director of the Year)

         Damien Yeates, CEO, Skills Development Scotland, Glasgow (Category: Public Sector Director of the Year) 

         Louise Macdonald OBE, CEO, Young Scot, Edinburgh (Category: Not for Profit/Third Sector Director of the Year) 

         Jennifer Paice, CEO, SafeDeposits Scotland, Glasgow (Category: Not for Profit/Third Sector Director of the Year)  

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.”” 

In addition to 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. 

Ian MckayAppointed to the national council are Ian McKay (right), founder of facilitation and mediation consultancy Otherhand and past chairman 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.”

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