IOD Director of the Year Awards

Friday 18 October 2019 | The Brewery, London

A celebration of leadership talent, success and achievement

Categories & Criteria 2020

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 - Public Sector
This award is open to leaders of public services including public agencies, national bodies and governmental departments.  The judges are looking for leaders that can demonstrate how to get the best out of others' professional expertise and their contribution to civic society.

Director of the Year - Third Sector
This award is open to executive directors of charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises whose business is a not-for-profit.  Entrants will be required to demonstrate how they live by the values of the organisation and the voluntary sector, and as innovative and effective communicators to achieve organisational goals. 

Director of the Year - International
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.  The company must be trading a minimum of 30% of its business outside of the country it is registered in.

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.
Judges will look at how financial targets and KPIs have been met/exceeded, the vision for growth, innovation and the leader’s understanding of key challenges, customers and the competitive landscape.

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.

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

Director of the Year -  Young
This award recognises upcoming leaders who have demonstrated excellent entrepreneurial potential, ability, ambition, creativity and vision in new or established businesses who have operated at director level for less than two years.

Director of the Year - Small-Medium Business (below £50 million t/o)
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 £50 million.  This award will go to the business that can show outstanding initiative, boldness and imagination in the enterprise, as well as sound management practices.

Director of the Year - Large Business (£50 million + t/o)
This award is designed to celebrate those directors working in a large business that has an annual turnover of more than £50 million.  Judges will look at how financial targets and KPIs have been met/exceeded, the vision for growth, innovation and the leader’s understanding of key challenges, customers and the competitive landscape.

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 – Social Value and Sustainability Impact
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 corporate values.

Director of the Year – Chartered Director 
This award recognises the best newly qualified chartered director of the past 12 months. Selection for this award is based purely on the marks and grades achieved through the examination and interview process.

Dr. Neville Bain Memorial 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 outstanding professionalism and the implementation of best practice in governance and leadership.  Entries and nominations are accepted from the private, public and third sectors.