Posted on Wednesday 20 June 2012 by Ulster Business


Launching the IoD awards were IoD NI Divisional Director Linda Brown; Maurice Boyd, CEO of Abbey Bond Lovis; Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster; Michelle Hatfield from Belfast City Airport; and James Greer, Managing Director of Greer Publications

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster was on hand to launch the 2012-13 Institute of Directors (IoD) NI Director of the Year Awards.

The IoD NI Director of the Year awards, sponsored by Abbey Bond Lovis and supported by Ulster Business, aim to reward excellence, showcase leadership and set the standard for directors across the UK.

Applicants are invited to enter across eight categories, which encompass all sectors of the economy. Non-executive directors are being recognised in a new category.

Minister Foster said: “Northern Ireland has some of the world’s leading businesses led by exceptional individuals and it is fitting that the successes of our directors are celebrated and recognised.

“An IoD Director of the Year Award is one of the most prestigious honours for business leaders. Rewarding their outstanding achievements reinforces the importance of best practice for business growth among local directors.”

IoD NI Divisional Director Linda Brown added: “Membership of the IoD covers the full spectrum of the Northern Ireland economy with business leaders from farming to high tech manufacturing, from micro businesses to large companies, and including leaders of public and third sector organisations. These categories are reflected in the Director of the Year Awards, which are open to all leaders whether they are IoD members or not.

“The comprehensive judging process identifies the best of the best business leaders within Northern Ireland who will then be nominated to compete against their counterparts from across the UK.

“Last year Northern Ireland nominees won two categories at the national awards and were runners up in a further four categories, proving once again the strength and talent of our local directors.

“The IoD continues to play an important role in equipping business leaders with the skills, knowledge and professional qualifications, through the Chartered Director programme, to enable them to grow their business.”

Maurice Boyd, Managing Director of Abbey Bond Lovis said the firm takes “great pride” in its relationship with the IoD, adding that it was a privilege to be associated with awards “which recognise and celebrate the extraordinary achievements of many of the best directors from across the country”.

Michelle Hatfield, Director of HR and Corporate Responsibility at George Best Belfast City Airport won the 2011/2012 IoD NI Young Director of the Year award. She said receiving the honour was one of the highlights of her career to date.

“We have a great network of young directors within Northern Ireland which I think is fantastic in terms of giving our young people, who I am fortunate enough to work with in my role at the airport and through our corporate responsibility programme, inspiration and encouragement to reach their full potential in their careers,” she added.

This year, Ulster Business will support the awards with coverage throughout the magazine James Greer, Managing Director of Greer Publications and Publisher of Ulster Business said: “As Northern Ireland’s premier business magazine, which reaches the most sought-after leaders it’s highly appropriate that we partner the Institute of Directors Director of the Year Awards.

“Ulster Business and the IoD present leaders with the professional insight and inspiration they need in order to stimulate business growth and I look forward to meeting this year’s leading directors.”

The IoD Director of the Year Awards take place on November 30 and are open to all business leaders within Northern Ireland, whether they are IoD members or not.

Criteria for all the awards can be viewed at
The closing date for applications is September 30.


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