IoD Scotland Directors of the Year Award announced

IoD Scotland Director of the Year Awards Winners 2019
IoD Scotland Director of the Year Awards Winners 2019

Scotland’s top directors were celebrated last night at the IoD Scotland Director of the Year Awards, held at the Hilton DoubleTree in Glasgow.

20 outstanding leaders collected awards in a ceremony that acknowledged the best in business across 11 key director categories and seven regional categories, including new categories for innovation and inclusivity.

Robin Watson, Chief Executive of Wood receiving the IoD Scotland Director of the Year Award for Large Business.

The winners of the 11 national Director of the Year categories will progress to the prestigious UK Director of the Year Awards, which take place in London in October.  

Award CategoryWinnerRegion
IoD Scotland Director of the Year – 
Brendon O’Reilly – Fashion House Group
Highly Commended: Craig Chambers –
TBR Global Chauffeuring
Glasgow &
Turcan Connell Director of the Year – 
Family Business
Iain Anderson – GAP Group LtdGlasgow &
SCVO Director of the
Year –Third Sector 
Roslyn Neely – Edinburgh Children’s Hospital CharityEdinburgh
mclcreate Director of
the Year –
Public Sector 
Pauline Howie OBE – Scottish Ambulance
IoD Scotland Director of the Year – YoungMichael Golding – Inverness Kart
Highly Commended: Rebecca Speirs – Spectrum Service Solutions Ltd
Highlands &
Glasgow &
BT Director of the Year –
Lynne Connolly – Standard Life
Aberdeen PLC
Scottish Government Director of the Year – Innovation Nathan Pyne-Carter – Ace Aquatec LtdTayside
IoD Scotland Director of the
Year – Start-Up
Daniel Winterstein – Good-Loop 
Highly Commended:
Julie Grieve – Criton

IoD Scotland Director of the Year – Non-ExecutiveHugh LittleAberdeen & Grampian
IoD Scotland Director of the Year – Small-Medium BusinessJamie McGowan – Essence of HarrisHighlands & Islands
IoD Scotland Director of the Year – Large BusinessRobin Watson – WoodAberdeen

The Awards highlight the diversity of the business landscape in Scotland, with categories for SMEs to large businesses; charities to the public sector.  They also honour those individuals whose creativity, leadership or innovative business practices have led to success for their organisation and the communities they serve.

As well as the main categories, three discretionary awards were made:

IoD Scotland Chair’s AwardLord Haughey Kt. OBE – City Facilities
Management Holdings Ltd 
IoD Scotland Young Enterprise Scotland AwardRhianna Harrison – Negotium,
Boroughmuir High School 
IoD Scotland Award forTransforming ScotlandPhilip Long – V&A Dundee

In addition, individual awards were made across the seven regions: 

Regional Directors of the Year Winners

Edinburgh & LothiansPauline Howie OBE – Scottish Ambulance Service
Central Scotland & FifeDale McQueen – Trossachs Distillery Limited t/a McQueen Gin
Glasgow & West of ScotlandIain Anderson – GAP Group Ltd
Highlands and Islands Enterprise Regional DirectorBob Buskie – Port of Cromarty Firth
TaysideIan Collins – Non-Executive Director
South of ScotlandRyan Brown – Robinsons Scotland
Aberdeen & GrampianGraham McWilliam – Glencraft (Aberdeen) Ltd – Glencraft LuxuryHighly commended: Hugh Little – CLAN Cancer Support

Of Large Business Director of the YearRobin Watson, Chief Executive of Wood, the judges commented: “Robin Watson’s entry was exceptional, showing leadership in circumstances which required bold and decisive action yet maintained corporate strength and robustness and integrity. Robin has a very personal yet professional approach and honest self-appraisal and respect for others. First class.”

David Watt, Executive Director of the Institute of Directors in Scotland, commented“In what has been one of the most challenging and unpredictable political and business environments of modern times, business leaders have been truly tried and tested. Tonight’s winners are testament to the tenacity and commitment not only to their organisations, but also their employees, stakeholders and customers.

“It is clear that excellence in leadership is spread across all sectors and the length and breadth of Scotland. The Director of the Year awards provide a chance to recognise and celebrate these fantastic examples of the dynamic thinking and strategic planning which will benefit the companies and the country long into the future, as well as cementing Scotland’s place on a global stage.

“Key traits that emerged throughout the judging process centered on a fearlessness to innovate; collaboration with partners; and a commitment to ongoing investment in their employees to ensure their businesses grow further. These are crucial values which will engage and inspire the next generation of business leaders. Congratulations to all of tonight’s finalists and winners.”

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