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Nine of NI’s Finest Leaders Make the Cut for UK Awards

16 July 2014

Nine business leaders from across Northern Ireland have been selected by the Institute of Directors (IoD) to represent the region in the celebrated UK finals of the Director of the Year Awards in London.

Earlier this year, the nine local directors were recognised for their capabilities in business excellence at the Institute of Director’s Northern Ireland (IoD NI) Director of the Year Awards, sponsored by insurance brokers, Abbey Bond Lovis.

The regional winners were then nominated and shortlisted for the relevant category at the prestigious Director of the Year Awards which will take place in London in October.

Simon Campbell of Portview Fit-Out, a company which specialises in interior fit-outs for retail, leisure and office buildings, is just one of three nominees to be shortlisted for the New Chartered Director of the Year Award. This unique category is specifically open to directors who have been awarded their Chartered status in the past year.

Michelle Hatfield of George Best Belfast City Airport, has made the shortlist for the Leader in Corporate Responsibility classification, while Aidan Flynn from Maurice Flynn & Sons, a maintenance and construction company which employs 240 local workers across the province, is nominated for Young Director of the Year.

Also shortlisted for the National awards are:

· Mark Hutchinson, of SJC Hutchinson Engineering, for the Family Business Director of the Year category

· Jim Dobson, of food processing company Dunbia, for the Large Company Director category

· Gordon Milligan of Translink – for the Public/Third Sector category

· Ian Jeffers from the Prince’s Trust – for the Public/Third Sector category

· Tracy Hamilton of Mash Direct – for the Mid-Market Company Director category

· Brandan Mullan of Bryson Charitable Group – for the Mid-Market Company Director category

IoD NI Chairman, Paul Terrington, congratulated each of the finalists:

“It’s a delight to see so many inspiring business leaders, who represent such a vast range of local industries and sectors, shortlisted for the UK finals of the Director of the Year Awards.

“The number of local Directors shortlisted for these awards is almost double that of last year, which is hugely encouraging in that more and more of our home-grown, local directors are of high enough calibre to rival their counterparts across the water.

“I wish each and every one of the shortlisted candidates success at the ceremony in October.”

Broadcaster and former high profile politician Michael Portillo will host the Awards on Friday 24 October at the Lancaster London Hotel.

Both members and non-members are welcome to book for this event and show their support. For more information, please visit www.iod.com/events

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