Richard Tuplin

Richard Tuplin

Shortlist unveiled for Yorkshire and North East Director of the Year awards

The Institute of Directors (IoD) has revealed the names of the business leaders who will compete for its prestigious Director of the Year awards.

The winners for Yorkshire and the North East will be named at a black-tie dinner at the Principal York hotel on 5 July. They will go forward to the national Director of the Year finals.

Special guest speakers at the awards will be Stephen Martin, the new director general of the IoD and Lord Nash, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Schools. The evening will be hosted by broadcaster Danni Hewson.

Entertainment will be provided by musician Ellie Coast and magician Scott Perry.

The judging panel was chaired by Richard Tuplin, regional director (north) of Jelf Insurance Brokers. He said: “I’d like to thank the judges for their efforts in choosing this year’s top directors. The scene is set for an evening of business excellence and superb entertainment on 5 July.”

The shortlist is:

Director of the Year Award (SME company)

Geoff Shepherd, iSource Group

Tim Payne, The Clinkard Group

Graeme Hall, Brandon Medical

John Savage, Flame Heating Spares

Mark Roberts, Beer Hawk

Dr Adam Beaumont, aql

Martin Port, BigChange

Debbie Heald, Heald Ltd

Director of the Year Award (Mid-Market company)

Bridie Warner-Adsetts, Naylor Industries

Craig Iley, Atom Bank

Paul Teasdale, Premier Technical Services Group

Director of the Year Award (Large company)

David Hurcomb, NG Bailey Group

Herwig Vennekens, Haribo

Mohammad Aslam MBE, Aagrah Restaurant Group

Jon Geldart, Grant Thornton International

Young Director of the Year Award

Adeem Younis, Penny Appeal

Tim Payne, The Clinkard Group

Adam Walsh, The Right Fuelcard Company

Matthew Goff, Actavo Building Solutions

Mark Roberts, Beer Hawk

Phil Pallister, 0800 Repair Gas

International Director of the Year Award

Dr Adam Beaumont, aql

Debbie Heald, Heald Ltd

Jon Geldart, Grant Thornton International

David Langworth, NM Group

Public & Third Sector Director of the Year Award

James Ramsbotham, North East England Chamber of Commerce

Ammar Mirza, Asian Business Connexions CIC

Cllr Peter Box, Wakefield Council

Family Business Director of the Year

Graeme Hall, Brandon Medical

Debbie Heald, Heald Ltd

Tim Payne, The Clinkard Group

Non-Executive Director of the Year

Qari Asim, DLA Piper and Makkah Mosque

Gary Lumby, Active Financial Planners

Ammar Mirza, Asian Business Connexions CIC

Jon Geldart, Grant Thornton International