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Jersey business leaders recognised at IoD UK Awards

Jersey business leaders recognised at IoD UK Awards

Two senior professionals from Jersey were recognised at the national finals of the Institute of Directors (IoD) UK Director of the Year Awards last week.

Lesley Harrison, Chairman of Prison! Me! No Way!!!, and Doug Bannister, Group CEO of Ports of Jersey, were both Highly Commended in their respective categories of Not for Profit/Third Sector Director of the Year and Mid-Market Director of the Year at the awards ceremony held in London on 21st October.

The Awards are designed to recognise and celebrate the exceptional achievements of individuals at director level within private, public and voluntary organisations across Britain. It is the sixth consecutive year that Jersey was represented at them.

Also shortlisted in the Awards, and competing against a total of 88 leaders from across England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales and the other Crown Dependencies, were four other Jersey individuals, including:

  • SME Company Director of the Year: Alexandra Morel, Managing Director, ALX Training, and Glenda Rivoallan, Founder and Director, Healthhaus Ltd
  • Young Director of the Year: Richard Summerfield, Group Human Resources Director, JT Group
  • International Director of the Year: Eamon Philip Fenlon, Managing Director, Jersey Dairy

The Jersey contingent shortlisted for the national Awards were all winners at the Jersey Director of the Year Awards held in April this year, where Appleby were Gold Sponsor and Investec Bank (Channel Islands) were Silver Sponsor.

Chris Clark, IoD Jersey Chair, said: “Jersey has a really strong track record in terms of the winners of our Director of the Year Awards going on to do well at the IoD’s national awards and this year was no exception. Both Lesley and Doug both thoroughly deserve this recognition having shown fantastic enthusiasm, creativity and innovation in guiding their very different organisations. This provides a good illustration of the kind of diverse leadership we are fortunate to have in Jersey.”

Previous Jersey-based winners of the national IoD Awards include: Colin Macleod, CEO of the Channel Islands Co-operative Society (Jersey), for ‘Large Company Director of the Year’ Award in 2015; John McGuinness, Headmaster of Grainville School, for ‘Public/Third Sector Director of the Year’ in 2014; Eamonn Elliott, General Manager of the Grand Jersey, for ‘Young Director of the Year’ in 2013; Eliot Lincoln, CEO of Greenlight, for the same award in 2012; and Richard Rolfe, former headteacher at Le Rocquier School, for the ‘Public Sector’ category in 2011.