The North West's top business talent was celebrated last night at the annual Institute of Directors (IoD) 'Director of the Year' awards, sponsored by Bruntwood and ACCA.
Recognising the diverse achievements of the region's most entrepreneurial and inspiring business leaders, the awards ranged from 'Start Up' Director of the Year' to 'Director of the Year Award - International company'.
More than business people attended the awards which has gained its coveted reputation for highlighting the success of North West's directors - from young businesses leading a small but driven team, to large corporations based regionally but overseeing operations throughout the world.
Amongst the winners was Chester Zoo's Jamie Christon who was awarded the prestigious Special Recognition Award (Overall North West Director of the Year Award 2017), in addition to the Director of the Year Award (Large Company) and the Public Sector / Third Sector Director of the Year Awards.
These awards come just days after Chester Zoo was named the UK's most visited attraction outside of London, according to new figures released by The Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA).
Other winners included Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell from Manchester University who was awarded the Special Recognition Award (North West Chairman’s Award) for her contributions to the regional and national economy through her pioneering research, as well as Shaping Cloud's Carlos Oliveira who won the The IoD Young Director of the Year Award.
The IOD Director of the Year awards recognises achievements in a whole host of sectors including healthcare, hospitality, construction and marketing showing the rich, varied and thriving economy in the North West.
Matt Lee, Head of Sales at Manchester Science Partnerships, said: “We are proud and delighted to be sponsoring the prestigious IOD Director of the Year awards for the North West.
“As a region we are blessed with a plethora of innovative and rapidly-growing businesses,that are driving the economy forward. Great leadership is pivotal to the success of these organisations, and it’s only right that we celebrate the vision, dynamism and hard work exemplified by the directors at the forefront of our business community.
“Congratulations are due to all the winners and it’s a pleasure to present the Start-up director of the year award to Ross McMahon of Kendal Nutricare. It takes much courage and self-belief to start a business and Ross has demonstrated a clear vision and thorough understanding of the opportunity for his company.”
The awards ceremony took place at the Midland Hotel, Manchester on Thursday 30 March and was hosted by TV presenter Mark Duerden-Smith.
The full winners were:
Special Recognition Award (North West Chairman’s Award) – Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell (Manchester University)
Director of the year Award (Leader in Corporate Responsibility) – Ian Finch (Mando Agency)
Public Sector/Third Sector Director of the Year Award - Jamie Christon (Chester Zoo)
Director of the Year Award (Family Company) - Jane Montague (Majestic Publications Limited)
Start-up Director of the Year - Ross McMahon (Kendal Nutricare)
International Director of the Year - Glenn Cooper (ATG Access)
Director of the Year Award (small company) - Sue Coulson (Coulson Associates Ltd)
Director of the Year Award (medium company) - Richard Anderson (Crawford Healthcare)
Director of the Year Award (Large Company) – Jamie Christon (Chester Zoo)
The IoD Young Director of the Year Award - Carlos Oliveira (Shaping Cloud)
Special Recognition Award (Non-executive Award) – Chris Brindley (GreaterSport)
Special Recognition Award (Overall North West Director of the Year Award 2017) – Jamie Christon (Chester Zoo)