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Fifth Annual Iod Awards Launched Yorkshire

Wednesday, 07 January 2009

The Institute of Directors (IoD) in Yorkshire and the Humber is calling for entries to its 2009 Director of the Year Awards.

The awards, now in their fifth year, are designed to celebrate the achievements of the region's most hardworking and innovative business leaders and are open to anyone of director level or equivalent status.

This year's categories include Not for Profit and Voluntary Sector Director of the Year, Business Adviser of the Year, Non-Executive Director of the Year, Energy Efficiency in Yorkshire, Entrepreneur of the Year and Young Director of the Year. As well as the much-coveted Yorkshire Director of the Year award, there will also be judge's special achievement and lifetime achievement accolades awarded.

Nimble Thompson, regional chairman for the IoD in Yorkshire and the Humber comments: "The awards are always hotly contested and the high standard of entries we receive each year testifies to the hard work and dedication of the region's business leaders.

"We will be looking for individuals who have demonstrated commitment, strong leadership, resilience and innovation to guide their teams to success, in the face of the current economic downturn."

Last year's winners included Michael Purtill, co-founder and managing director of Q Hotels, who scooped the Yorkshire Director of the Year award having spearheaded the Leeds-based group's expansion to 21 hotels and a series of accolades including the AA Hotel Group of the Year 2008.

Sir Kenneth Morrison was also presented with a lifetime achievement award for his inspiring 55-year career spent transforming his father's market stall into a £13 billion supermarket chain.

Continues Nimble: "We look forward to honouring the finest business leaders in the region who play such a key role in ensuring growth and prosperity across Yorkshire and the Humber."

The winners will be revealed at a black tie ceremony in Leeds on Thursday 10th September 2009. Entries can be submitted online up until Tuesday 26th May. To complete a nomination or for further information please visit www.dotya.co.uk

Sponsors of this year's awards include ABDN, Brunswick, Exclusive, Learning and Skills Council, Leeds Business School, OyezStraker and Yorkshire Forward.




Notes to editors

The IoD (Institute of Directors) was founded in 1903 and obtained a Royal Charter in 1906. The IoD is a non-party political organisation with upwards of 52,000 members in the United Kingdom and overseas.  Membership includes directors from right across the business spectrum - from media to manufacturing, e-business to the public and voluntary sectors.  Members include CEOs of large corporations as well as entrepreneurial directors of start-up companies. 

The IoD offers a wide range of business services which include business centre facilities (including eleven UK regional centres [three in London, Reading, Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Nottingham, Edinburgh and Belfast] and one each in Paris and Brussels), conferences, networking events, issues-led guides and literature, as well as free access to business information and advisory services and a comprehensive Information Centre.  The IoD places great emphasis on director development and has established a certified qualification for directors - Chartered Director - as well as running specific board-level and director-level training and individual career mentoring programmes.

In addition, the IoD provides an effective voice to represent the interests of its members to government and key opinion-formers at the highest levels.  These include ministers, constituency MPs, Select Committee members and senior civil servants. IoD policies and views are actively promoted to the national, regional and trade media. 

For further information, visit our website: www.iod.com