IOD Director of the Year Awards

A celebration of leadership talent, success and achievement

Enter the 2019 Awards

The benefits of entering the Director of the Year Awards, extend far beyond the recognition and prestige associated with winning one of the Award categories

 Select your area below:

North West & Isle of Man                                                                              Wales
East of England                                                                             London & South
Scotland                                                                                              West Midlands
Jersey                                                                                                          South West
Yorkshire & North East                                                               East Midlands
                                                                                                          Northern Ireland

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 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 - Inclusivity
Today more needs to be done to ensure that we are inclusive, that people feel valued for what they bring to the organisation and that everyone has the same access to opportunities.  Judges are looking for examples that demonstrate that you have specific initiatives already in place to promote diversity and inclusion.

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

Director of the Year - International
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 - Non-Exec
The economic stresses of recent years and the ever-growing demands for responsible governance have resulted in a fundamental shift in the requirements of the Non-Executive Directors (NEDs) role.

Director of the Year - Public Secto
Open to directors who have implemented best practice (improved services to citizens, delivered significant efficiency through use of shared services or innovation) that could be transformational in building a sustainable organisation. Directors whose business is a not-for-profit organisation, which can generate a surplus, but exists to serve the good of the community


Director of the Year - Third Sector
Leadership is critical to good public governance, including good planning, efficiency, transparency,and accountability.  This award is open to directors whose business is a charity or not-for-profit organisation, which can generate a surplus but exists to serve the good of the community.

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 -  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 turnover)
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 + turnover)
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 - Student
This award presents a unique opportunity for student members to be recognised alongside business leaders across the country. The Student of the Year Award is dedicated to recognising the student who has shown director qualities in a project they have worked on in business, employment or academic capacity.

Chair'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 outstanding professionalism and the implementation of best practice in governance and leadership.  


Companies must be based or have their head office in the UK to apply.  

If you are an agency entering a company on their behalf, please state the company name plus your contact details.

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.  

The Awards are free to enter.

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.  

Absolutely! Take a look at all of the categories in detail to decide which ones are suitable for you, there is no limit.

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