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Institute of Directors shortlist finalists in Director of the Year awards

9 April 2014

The Jersey branch of the Institute of Directors (IoD) has announced the shortlist in this year's annual search to find the top business leaders in Jersey’s private, public and voluntary sectors.

The 18 shortlisted individuals span Jersey's private, public and third sectors.

The 2014 Director of the Year Awards, sponsored by Appleby and JT, will culminate in a celebration of excellence, innovation and best practice in Jersey business at a black tie awards dinner on Friday 16 May at the Radisson Hotel.

The chair of the panel of judges is Eliot Lincoln, founder and CEO of Greenlight and himself a winner of both the Jersey IoD Director of the Year for a Medium Company and the UK National winner of the IoD Young Director of the Year.

He said: "Having run through the first round of judging, I have been impressed by the strength of the nominations. It has made the judging extremely challenging when there are so many high quality nominations on offer and agreeing a shortlist was not an easy task.

"It's clear that tough market conditions are playing a key part in the activities of many of the directors nominated. I shall be interested to see innovative ways in which these challenges have been approached during the final round of judging."

The shortlist

DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR FOR A SMALL ORGANISATION (less than 10 employees)
Damon Eastwood, Switch Digital
Claire Boscq-Scott, 4 Star Services
Fiona Vacher, Jersey Child Care Trust

DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR FOR A MEDIUM ORGANISATION (11-100 employees)
Danny Bannister, Total Solutions Group
Chris Clark, Prosperity 24.7
Louise Bracken-Smith, Fairway Group
Graeme McArthur, Crestbridge
Richard Blampied, Aurum of Jersey

DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR FOR A LARGE ORGANISATION (100+ employees)
Mark Pesco, First Names Group
Liz Vince, Jersey Post
Mark Loane, C5 Alliance

YOUNG DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Damon Eastwood, Switch Digital
Chris Clark, Prosperity 24.7
Claire Boscq-Scott, 4 Star Services
David Ogilvie, Resilience Development Company
Ben Davies, Fusion Media (Gallery Magazine)

PUBLIC/THIRD SECTOR DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
John McGuinness, Grainville School
Steve Haigh, Youth Arts Jersey (formerly La Motte Street Youth Project)
Fiona Vacher, Jersey Child Care Trust

GLOBAL DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Helen Hatton, Sator Regulatory Consulting
Richard Corrigan, JFL
Mark Loane, C5 Alliance

IoD Director of the Year: Can Jersey leaders make it four in a row on the national stage?

25th February 2014

The IoD's Jersey branch is looking to recognise unsung heroes and heroines from all areas of the economy - private, public and third sectors - in its annual awards.

And the standard of their achievements may be high enough to compete on the national stage.

The past three years have seen winners of the IoD Jersey branch's Director of the Year award (DotY) go on to win their category in the IoD UK awards.

As the deadline looms for this year's nominations, the three reflect on their achievement:

Last year the local and national winner of the IoD award for Young Director of the Year was Eamonn Elliott, General Manager of Grand Jersey Hotel & Spa.

Eamonn's award was recognition of his achievements in turning around a business that was 'underperforming, out of touch with the local community and staffed by a fragmented team in need of reinvigoration' to one with five star status, its first Michelin star and an 83% increase in turnover.

The judges said Eamonn 'showed clear strategic vision and an unwillingness to sit back and rest on what are already significant achievements'.

Eamonn said: 'Winning the IoD Young Director of the Year was one of the biggest achievements in my working life. To be acknowledged by such a brilliant organisation is a real tribute to both me and my team at Grand Jersey.'

What makes a good leader? According to Eamonn, 'The skills I have found in the great business leaders are the DNA traits that they have inherited: a hard working ethos, charismatic, fun, trustworthy, loyal and most of all humility'.

In 2012 Eliot Lincoln, founder and CEO of Greenlight, the Channel Islands' leading change management specialists, was named Director of the Year for a Medium Organisation in Jersey and went on to win Young Director of the Year in the UK.

Under Eliot's leadership Greenlight went from start-up to market leader with a turnover in excess of £2 million in less than six years despite most of this being during the economic downturn.

The judges rewarded Eliot for his 'rounded and strong approach' to his business, with positive revenue streams and active engagement with his team. They also felt the he showed a strong culture of community involvement.

Now Eliot is chairing the a Jersey panel of judges and says: 'The fact that for the last three years many of the Jersey IoD winners have gone on to represent Jersey in the UK national finals and we have won at least one key award each year goes to show the quality of our industry leaders here in Jersey is of the highest level.'

In 2011 Richard Rolfe, former headmaster of Le Rocquier School, was named Public/Third Sector Director of the Year in both Jersey and the UK.

The story of Le Rocquier under Richard's leadership is one of transformation from falling student numbers to an over-subscribed, award winning school.

According to the judges, Richard 'turned a school described as unsatisfactory into one officially recognised as "outstanding" through strong leadership and involvement of both the staff faculty and student body'.

Richard said: 'It was a great privilege to win the UK finals of the IOD awards.

'The public sector often gets a bad press with regard to its level of commercial activity and its impact on the economy and jobs. However, there are lots of "unsung heroes and heroines" out there who make a huge difference to the life chances of other people.

'The best teachers, nurses, social workers and charity workers have skills and expertise that are equal to those of the best business leaders. The IOD plays an important part in recognising leadership in all sectors of our economy.'

Who will be recognised in 2014?

The 2014 Director of the Year Awards, sponsored by Appleby and JT, have their own website, www.iod.je, where anyone can nominate someone in the seven categories, which include a new award that will recognise leadership in the growing field of corporate social responsibility (CSR):

1. Director of the Year for a Small Organisation (less than 10 employees)
2. Director of the Year for a Medium Organisation (11-100 employees)
3. Director of the Year for a Large Organisation (100+ employees)
4. Young Director of the Year
5. Public/Third Sector Director of the Year
6. Director of the Year for Leadership in Corporate Social Responsibility
7. Global Director of the Year

The Nomination Deadline is Friday 28th February 2014.

IoD Director of the Year awards are a vital part of the business calendar in Jersey, says judge

18th February 2014

The Institute of Directors’ Director of The Year Awards are a vital part of the business calendar in Jersey, says the chair of the judging panel.

Eliot Lincoln, the 2012 winner of both the Jersey IoD Director of the Year for a Medium Company and the UK national winner of the IoD Young Director of the Year, believes that the annual awards are “a showcase for the highest standards of organisational direction that exist anywhere in the world.

“They are a way for Jersey to demonstrate the skills, entrepreneurialism and talent that exists throughout our jurisdiction.”

As Island professionals continue to nominate business leaders in Jersey’s private, public and voluntary sectors, IoD Jersey has announced the panel of senior Island professionals who will judge entries received by the closing date of Friday 28 February 2014.

Chaired by Eliot Lincoln, founder and CEO of Greenlight, the judging panel includes Wendy Dorman, tax partner at PwC; Laura Rowley, Treasurer of the States; Nick Winsor, CEO of HSBC for the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man and Eamonn Elliott, general manager of The Grand Hotel.

Eliot Lincoln created Greenlight, the Channel Islands’ leading business transformation specialists, in 2008 and with the help of his team of expert change managers has developed the company into a highly successful business helping clients from the Channel Islands, UK, Europe and South America through the most challenging demands in implementing change. Eliot is a co-founder of Jersey’s first annual Ultra Marathon event “Round the Rock” and is a director of Jersey Business.

Wendy Dorman, who leads PwC’s Channel Island tax practice, has more than 20 years’ experience in taxation, both in practice and in industry, in the UK and offshore. Wendy sits on the committee of the Jersey branch of the IoD and was awarded the 2011 IoD Female Director of the Year. She is a former president of the Jersey Society of Chartered and Certified Accountants and a member of the Jersey Finance Fiscal Strategy Group.

Laura Rowley is Treasurer of the States of Jersey, a qualified accountant and holds an MBA. Laura is responsible for the proper stewardship and administration of the public finances of Jersey, including setting professional standards, sound financial management and ensuring timely and accurate financial information is available. Specific duties range from preparing the States’ annual accounts and managing investments in excess of £2 billion, to pensions, audit, property and procurement.

Nick Winsor is CEO of HSBC for the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. Nick oversees the local retail and commercial bank, HSBC Bank International, asset management, private bank and trust businesses of the HSBC Group in the Channel Islands and Isle of Man. He has 30 years’ international experience in financial services with the HSBC Group.

Eamonn Elliott began his career as a professional footballer for Carlisle United before moving into hotel management. His responsibility to Grand Jersey and its stakeholders is to act as a custodian of this iconic property; maintaining its position as the highest rated hotel in the Channel Islands, through continuous improvement in both the fabric of the building and how the team delivers an exceptional experience to all of its customers whilst driving profitability. In 2013 he was named Young Director of the Year by the IoD in Jersey and nationally.

There are seven categories in the Director of the Year Awards 2014, including a new award that recognise leadership in the growing field of corporate social responsibility (CSR):

1. Director of the Year for a Small Organisation (less than 10 employees)
2. Director of the Year for a Medium Organisation (11-100 employees)
3. Director of the Year for a Large Organisation (100+ employees)
4. Young Director of the Year
5. Public/Third Sector Director of the Year
6. Director of the Year for Leadership in Corporate Social Responsibility
7. Global Director of the Year

The Nomination Deadline is Friday 28th February 2014.

The 2014 Director of the Year Awards are sponsored by Appleby and JT.

Nominations open as Institute of Directors celebrate excellence in Jersey

6th February 2014


The Jersey branch of the Institute of Directors (IoD) has launched its fifth annual search to find the top business leaders in Jersey’s private, public and voluntary sectors.

The 2014 Director of the Year Awards, sponsored by Appleby and JT, will culminate in a celebration of excellence, innovation and best practice in Jersey business at a black tie awards dinner on Friday 16th May.

The Awards recognise the high calibre of individuals in Jersey’s boardrooms and their achievements. The Awards have their own website, www.iod.je, where anyone can nominate someone they think is so inspiring that they deserve to be recognised with a Director of the Year Award. The awards are open to both members and non-members of the IoD.

Jason Laity, IoD Jersey branch Chairman said: "This is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the strength of leadership needed to deal with the wide range of issues that affect the success of local organisations, including the challenging economic climate, and I hope people take a few minutes to nominate someone that they know has made a real difference through their skill, dedication and hard work."

Three previous local winners (Richard Rolfe in 2011, Eliot Lincoln in 2012 and Eamonn Elliott in 2013) have gone on to win their categories in the National IoD Awards, generating fantastic recognition for themselves, their employers and the Island.

There are seven categories for the Director of the Year Awards 2014, including a new award that will recognise leadership in the growing field of corporate social responsibility (CSR):

1. Director of the Year for a Small Organisation (less than 10 employees)
2. Director of the Year for a Medium Organisation (11-100 employees)
3. Director of the Year for a Large Organisation (100+ employees)
4. Young Director of the Year
5. Public/Third Sector Director of the Year
6. Director of the Year for Leadership in Corporate Social Responsibility
7. Global Director of the Year

Online nominations via www.iod.je are straightforward to complete and include a concise recommendation of up to 250 words outlining each nominee’s most outstanding achievements. For the purposes of the Awards, a ‘Director’ can include anyone that has the strategic responsibilities of a Director but does not necessarily carry that specific title, such as a Partner or Head of Department.

The Nomination Deadline is Friday 28th February 2014.

Business leaders will gather to celebrate excellence, innovation and best practice at the Awards ceremony in May. More details of our highly respected judging panel and the Awards event itself will be released shortly.