2012 Event

UK Final Award Ceremony

This year’s award ceremony was held at the Lancaster London Hotel on 5 October, hosted by Michael Portillo.

“The past year has not been an easy time for business. The economic environment remains very challenging and the public’s perception of the positive contribution of business to society has been damaged. These awards seek to highlight the achievements of some of the UK’s finest business leaders, and affirm our belief that business is a force for good.”
Simon Walker, Director General, IoD

View the IoD press release

Congratulations to all the winners of this year’s IoD Director of the Year UK Finals.

Winner of Overall Director of the Year

Lawrence Tomlinson, Chairman, LNT Group
The LNT Group employs 2,000 people across its five core businesses: Ideal Care Homes, LNT Construction, LNT Software, LNT Solutions and Ginetta Cars. Lawrence’s many achievements include establishing the fastest growing care home operation in the UK; being in the Sunday Times Fast Track 100 three times, and ranked in the top 10 most influential people in UK healthcare in 2011. He is also a GT2 Class winner of the Le Mans 24 Hour race.

Runners Up:

  • Anna Bastek, Director, Wolfestone Translation Limited
  • Dean Walton, Sustainability Director, The Alumet Group

Director of the Year (Small and Medium-sized company)

Anna Bastek, Director, Wolfestone Translation Ltd
Anna is co-founder and Sales/Marketing Director of Wolfestone Translation, one of the UK’s fastest growing translation and voiceover companies, working in over 150 languages. Her leadership has inspired Wolfestone to a 1400% growth since 2007, winning over twenty major business awards. Clients include BBC, IBM, NATO, Mercedes and thousands of other businesses across all sectors as well as individuals. Anna also reaches out to the wider community, mentoring young people and encouraging entrepreneurship through various initiatives.

Highly Commended:

  • Roger Evans, Plant Director, Shaeffler UK Limited
  • Peter Barton, Managing Director, Forge Europa
  • Peter John Maskell, Chief Executive, BHSF Group Limited
  • Mark Mason, CEO, Mubaloo
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Public/third sector Director of the Year

Robert Varley C Dir, Operations and Services Director, Met Office
The Met Office is one of the world’s leading weather and climate services. In his role, Chartered Director Rob is responsible for weather, climate and ocean observations, weather forecasting and the delivery of services in the UK and throughout the world. Rob’s focus is on delivering great customer service efficiently and reliably, whether it be advising on volcanic ash, space weather or the Fukushima nuclear accident, through to supporting this year’s Diamond Jubilee and the Olympic Games.

Highly Commended:

  • James Dunbar, Chief Executive, New Start Highland
  • Dr Richard Wilson, CEO, TIGA
  • Ian B Perry, Transition Executive Director, Your Housing Group (formally Harvest)
  • Dr Lena C Wilson, Chief Executive, Scottish Enterprise

Global Director of the Year

Alfie Cheyne, CEO, Alfred Cheyne Engineering Limited
ACE Winches is a global leader in the design, manufacture and hire of winches, marine deck machinery and the provision of associated hire personnel for the offshore oil and gas, marine and renewable energy industries. Alfie Cheyne is CEO and founding owner of Alfred Cheyne Engineering Limited. He is responsible for the overall business management, wellbeing and corporate governance, together with shaping the strategic direction, business development and sales, international development and growth including research and development.

Highly Commended:

  • Martin Howe, Chief Executive, Global Immersion
  • Brendan McGurgan, Managing Director, CDE Global Ltd
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Young Director of the Year

Eliot Lincoln, Managing Director, Greenlight
Eliot is the founder and Managing Director of Greenlight, the Channel Island’s leading Change

Management specialists. Eliot is ultimately responsible for the success of the organisation, working closely with his senior management team to help Greenlight’s consultants and their clients to realise their potential. Since 2008 Eliot has led his team of expert change managers to develop the company into a highly successful multi-million pound business helping clients from the Channel Islands, UK and Europe.

Highly Commended:

  • Stuart Macdonald, Managing Director, Seric Systems Limited
  • Samantha Porter, Marketing Director, Wesleyan Assurance Society
  • Boris Wolstenholme, CEO, AJ Walter Aviation Limited
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Director of the Year Award for Corporate Responsibility

Dean Walton, Sustainability Director, The Alumet Group
Alumet is one of the UK’s premier building facade and renewable energy contractors. As the director responsible for business development, environment and sustainability, Dean was named a West Midlands ‘Green Leader’ and has helped the company become one of the nation’s leaders in ‘Green Construction’. Winner of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise (twice), through their CSR policies Alumet has become the first SME in the Midlands to become a member of Business in the Community.

Highly Commended:

  • Chris Bartlett, Managing Director, GCS Recruitment Specialists Ltd
  • Andrew Padmore, Chief Executive, Egnida
Supported by:
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Family business Director of the Year

Claire Black, Managing Director, Trendsetter Home Furnishings Limited
Trendsetter is a fourth generation business with a 100-year heritage that manufactures and distributes premium bedding for private label and ‘The Fine Bedding Company’. In four years as Managing Director, Claire has led a total restructure of the business, out-sourcing non-core functions and investing in manufacturing capabilities to differentiate Trendsetter within the market. Combined with significant turnover growth through new business, Trendsetter has become one of the most financially stable and profitable in the industry.

Highly Commended:

  • Simon Hunter, Managing Director, Hunter Apparel Solutions Ltd
  • Jason Edwards, Commercial Director, Edwards Coaches Ltd
Supported by:
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New Chartered Director of the Year

James Ede-Golightly, Co-Founder & Non-executive Director, ORA Capital Partners
James Ede-Golightly is non-executive director or chairman to several AIM quoted companies. He is a founder and non-executive director of ORA Capital Partners where since 2006 he has supported the development of numerous young growth companies in the technology, resource and financial service sectors. As chairman of East Balkan Properties since 2010 he has led a group restructuring while tackling external challenges presented by the region and the economic downturn.

Director of the Year (Large company)

Lawrence Tomlinson, Chairman, LNT Group

The LNT Group employs 2,000 people across its five core businesses: Ideal Care Homes, LNT Construction, LNT Software, LNT Solutions and Ginetta Cars. Lawrence’s many achievements include establishing the fastest growing care home operation in the UK; being in the Sunday Times Fast Track 100 three times, and ranked in the top 10 most influential people in UK healthcare in 2011. He is also a GT2 Class winner of the Le Mans 24 Hour race.

Highly Commended:

  • Alastair Storey, Chairman & Chief Executive, WSH
  • Richard Close, CEO, Briggs Equipment Limited
  • Gareth Barker, Managing Director, Forge Division, Sheffield Forgemasters International Limited
  • Bill Scott, Owner/Chief Executive, Wilton Group

IoD/Glenfiddich 125 Business Pioneers Award

Simon Nixon, founder, Moneysupermarket.com

This year the IoD teamed up with the world’s most awarded malt whisky, Glenfiddich, for a special award to celebrate the brand’s 125th anniversary. 125 of the UK’s most inspiring past, present and future business pioneers were initially selected, and the IoD’s members voted Simon Nixon, founder of moneysupermarket.com as the overall winner.

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