Countdown Is On For Director Of The Year Awards

Countdown Is On For Director Of The Year Awards

The countdown is on for the IoD’s Director of the Year Awards, the annual search for the most talented business leaders in the East Midlands.

The year’s top directors from business, public and third sectors will be recognised across 13 categories and will then go forward to contest the national Director of the Year Awards along with winners from other IoD regions.

The 13 categories are:

Family Business

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion



Non-Executive Director

Social Value and Sustainability


Young Director

Public Sector

Third Sector

Small-Medium Business (below £50m turnover)

Large Business (£50m + turnover)

Chair’s Award for Excellence in Director and Board Practice.

Guy Schanschieff, Managing Director of Northampton based Bambino Mio, the global reusable nappy brand, won the International category last year and went on to triumph in the same category at the national finals.

Guy said:

“I was thrilled to be named the International Director of the Year at the 2019 IoD Awards because I truly believe that there's real purpose to what we're doing at Bambino Mio. Entering the IoD awards gave me the opportunity to talk about all of the impactful work that we’re carrying out at an international level.

“Winning this award recognises the fact that Bambino Mio is helping to drive positive social change around the world, which is something that we are extremely proud of. It’s important that we continue our mission to raise awareness of the numerous benefits that reusable nappies have on our environment, finances, and baby by educating people across the globe.”

Jake Third, Client Services Director of Hallam Internet, Nottingham, was joint winner of the Young Director category in 2019 and was Highly Commended for Young Director in the national finals.   Natalie Sykes, regional director for the IoD East Midlands, said:

“Winning one of our awards is a fantastic accolade and those who triumph go on to compete at the IoD’s UK finals. Please do encourage each other as business leaders to enter the awards so we can showcase the fantastic leadership and work being done right across the East Midlands.”

The deadline for nominations is Friday 30 April while the deadline to enter the awards is Friday 29 May. Apply here:

The winners will be announced at an awards lunch at Winstanley House, Leicester on 17 September. If you are interested in sponsoring one of the categories please contact or or call 0115 8486190.

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