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Thursday 18 October 2018, The Royal Horticultural Halls

Categories & Criteria

To be entered into the finals of the 2018 Director of the Year Awards, you will need to enter
and win one of your regional/national categories.

Entries are now closed. Please click below to book your ticket.

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*NEW CATEGORY ANNOUNCED*
Director of the Year - SME
This award is designed to celebrate those directors working in a business that employs under 250 employees and has an annual turnover of less than £10 million.

Director of the Year – New
This award recognises innovative leaders of new or established businesses who have operated at director level for less than two years and demonstrated the potential, ability, ambition, creativity and vision in their business.

Director of the Year - Non-Exec
This award recognises individuals that have made significant contribution to the organisation’s strategy, impacted on the financial success of the company, demonstrated high ethical standards and promoted the practice of good corporate governance.

Director of the Year - Start-Up
This award celebrates founders/co-founders of the UK’s most promising start-ups. Focusing on the market opportunity identified, the model to capitalise on it, and how it has been executed within the first three years of trading. 

Director of the Year - Global
This award recognises international business leader with credible development plans in place to build on its company’s success. The leader will operate across borders and could be in any industry sector, but is likely to be gaining market share due to strong international growth from a great product or service.

Director of the Year - Inclusivity
This award recognises leaders who can demonstrate that they have specific initiatives already in place to promote diversity and inclusion.

Director of the Year - Public/Third Sector
Open to directors whose business is a charity or not-for-profit organisation, which can generate a surplus, but exists to service the good of the community.

Director of the Year – Innovation
This award recognises leaders that have developed an innovative and transformational idea that displays creative thinking and that has beaten the competition and been developed and applied to improve commercial performance, operational effectiveness or customer engagement.

Director of the Year – Corporate Social Responsibility
This award is aimed at leaders who can demonstrate how they integrate the success and smooth running of their business with a strong sense of responsibility and consideration for their role as a corporate citizen.

Director of the Year - Family Business
This award recognises individuals in second-generation or more, family businesses who have responded to the specific challenges that face directors in family firms and who have contributed to the success of the diverse, dynamic and innovative family business sector.

Chairman’s Award for Excellence in Director and Board Practice
This award is the highest accolade in the Director of the Year Awards, recognising the personal imprint of the UK’s most high profile leaders on the culture and success of their organisation’s through the implementation of good governance.

What winning did for me...

Name, Job Title and Organisation
Marc Wileman, Chief Slime Maker, Founder & Director, Sublime Science

What category did you win?
National Winner – Young Director of the Year

Why did you enter these awards? 
Inspiring one million children to discover how awesome science can be has been such a fun experience. It's so much fun but not something that's recognised as being all that "business-y" which is why it's so helpful to be recognised by the IoD.

What has winning done for you/your company?
Winning has helped raise our profile, been a great motivator for the (awesome!) Sublime team and, ultimately, helped us to inspire even more children to discover how awesome science can be.

Why would you encourage others to enter? 
Getting involved with the IoD awards is a great way to raise your profile and might just be that helping hand that helps you to make your dent in the universe.

 

Gareth Loye - DOYA 2017 winner

FAQ's

AM I ELIGIBLE TO ENTER? 
Companies must be based or have their head office in the UK to apply.  

HOW DO I ENTER? 
Click here to enter.  If you need any help or have any questions during the entry process, contact the team.  

I AM ENTERING ON BEHALF OF ANOTHER COMPANY 
If you are an agency entering a company on their behalf, please state the company name plus your contact details.

OUR MOST UP TO DATE FINANCIAL INFORMATION ISN'T AVAILABLE
If you do not have sufficient information in time for the deadline, please fill out the financials form using your projected figures. If at a later stage you are able to update it, please let us know.  

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO ENTER? 
The Awards are free to enter.

WHO ARE THE JUDGES? 
The judging panel will be announced on our website in due course. Our judges bring industry knowledge to assess every entry helping us maintain the high standard of the awards.  

CAN I SUBMIT MORE THAN ONE ENTRY? 
Absolutely! Take a look at all of the categories in detail to decide which ones are suitable for you, there is no limit.

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER I ENTER? 
You will receive an email to confirm that your entry has been submitted correctly. If you do not receive this please contact the team.