All the winners of this year’s Institute of Directors South West Director of the Year Awards have been shortlisted to compete for the national titles.
They include Vashti Seth, director of the Bristol-based international development charity Deki who won the Third Sector category and Neil Way, managing director of family-owned business Jeff Way, which installs commercial and domestic electrical systems, who took the Family Director title.
Other winners were Darren Ryemill, founder and CEO of Opus Recruitment Services, an IT recruitment company, headquartered in Bristol and with offices in London, Sydney and Amsterdam who was named Young Director.
Chris Smith, managing director of Marshfield Bakery, in Bath, who won the award for Director of a small company.
Julie Moore, managing director of the food innovation company Green Gourmet, in Stonehouse, was named Director of the Year.
Simon Gould, managing director of BMT Hi-Q Sigma Ltd, in Bath, received the IoD Director Development Special award for the highest scoring candidate from the South West region who has taken the IoD Certificate in Company Direction Exam in the last 12 months.
The IoD Director Awards aim to celebrate achievements across the region, bring all parts of the enterprise community together and focus UK-wide attention on South West success. They seek to highlight outstanding business people across both the public and private sectors.
Richard Ayre, IoD SW regional Chairman said: “Winning a regional award does not automatically qualify you for the national competition, so it’s a real achievement to have all our regional candidates taken forward to the national judging panel.
“I believe this is a reflection of both the quality of the entries we had this year and the breadth of enterprise and innovation that sits in this region.”
The national finals take place in London in the autumn where our South West candidates will be competing with winners from the other nine regions around the country.