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Jersey Wins at UK IoD Awards

Jersey Wins at UK IoD Awards

For the fifth consecutive year, the strength and expertise of Jersey’s business leaders were recognised on the national stage last week, with one Jersey director winning an award and two others being ‘highly commended’ in this year’s national IoD Director of the Year Awards.

Of the six-strong Jersey contingent being shortlisted in the Awards, Colin Macleod, CEO of the Channel Islands Co-operative Society (Jersey), won the ‘Large Company Director of the Year’ Award, as well as being Highly Commended in the Overall Director of the Year category.

In addition, Dr Andrew Mitchell, Consultant Cardiologist at the Department of Cardiology at Jersey General Hospital, was Highly Commended in the Public Sector Director of the Year category, and Nigel Le Quesne, Group CEO and Chairman of JTC, was Highly Commended for the International Director of the Year Award.

In total, more than eighty company directors were up for prizes, which were judged by a panel of 33 governance, business and marketing experts from the IoD network across the country. The other Jersey business leaders being shortlisted for the Awards, held at the Lancaster London Hotel on Friday 23rd October, were Jordan Love, Co-Founder of Codex, in the Young Director of the Year category; Ian Burns, Chief Officer of Social Security, in the Public Sector Director of the Year category; and Kevin Allen, Jersey branch manager and Head of Lending for Investec Bank Channel Islands in the Mid-Market category.

Bolstering the Channel Islands’ representation at the Awards, the Dr Neville Bain Memorial Award, which is the most prestigious award for Chartered Directors and is nominated by others for outstanding achievements in the field of corporate governance and organisational direction, was awarded to Carol Godwin, Non-executive Director of Investec Bank (CI) in Guernsey.

The IoD Director of the Year Awards, now in their sixth year, are designed to recognise and celebrate the exceptional achievements of individuals at director level within private, public and voluntary organisations across Britain. It picks individuals from the best of British business who are chosen preliminary through the IoD’s regional Director of the Year awards programme.

Jersey has a strong track record in the UK awards. Last year, John McGuinness, Headmaster of Grainville School, was named ‘Public/Third Sector Director of the Year’, whilst Eamonn Elliott, general manager of the Grand Jersey, won the ‘Young Director of the Year’ in 2013, and the year before that Eliot Lincoln, CEO of Greenlight, won the same award. Richard Rolfe, former Headteacher of Le Rocquier School, also won the ‘Public Sector Director of the Year’ Award in 2011.

Simon Walker, Director General at the Institute of Directors, congratulated this year’s winners and highly commended finalists: “Great businesses are made by great leaders, and it is fantastic to be able to reward some of the country’s finest companies and most inspiring directors at the Director of The Year Awards. As an organisation for business leaders, we know that good governance, and ethical and innovative leadership are the foundations of a successful company. Our winners embody these principles, and display the hard-nosed business acumen and commercial drive needed to produce great products and world-leading services.“

Wendy Dorman, IoD Jersey Branch Chairman, said: “For Jersey to be represented so strongly, including amongst the winners and highly commended individuals, at a national level for the fifth year in a row reflects just how high standards of leadership are in Jersey. It’s a fantastic achievement for all those who were shortlisted, but for Colin Macleod to win an award and Dr Andrew Mitchell and Nigel Le Quesne to be shortlisted really is a glowing endorsement of the talent that exists across Jersey's private and public sectors."

The winners of the regional Jersey Director of the Year Awards were announced at a black tie Awards dinner in May, sponsored by Airtel-Vodafone and Appleby and hosted by writer, broadcaster, former MP Gyles Brandreth.