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Overall win at Director of the Year Awards UK Final

24 October 2016

Northern Ireland directors have enjoyed a record year at the prestigious Institute of Directors (IoD) Director of the Year Awards winning five national titles, including the Overall Director of the Year Award, and five highly commended.

Brendan McGurgan of CDE Global was awarded Overall Director of the Year, the highest accolade of the day, following in the footsteps of Simon Hunter, Hunter Apparel Solutions, who won the category in 2015.

The awards, which recognise individuals who have displayed the highest standards of leadership in business, public and third sectors, took place in Lancaster London Hotel on 21st October.


Paul McElvaney, Learning Pool – SME Director of the Year (annual turnover of under £10m)
Alastair Hamilton, Invest NI – Public Sector Director of the Year
Brian McErlain, Genesis Crafty – Family Business Director of the Year
Brendan McGurgan, CDE Global – Young Director of the Year
Brendan McGurgan, CDE Global – Overall Director of the Year

Highly Commended

Mark Fegan, Bunzl McLaughlin – New Chartered Director of the Year
Allen Reid, Henry Group – New Chartered Director of the Year
Carla Tully, AES UK and Ireland – Leadership in Corporate Responsibility Director of the Year
Gareth Loye, M & M Contractors – International Director of the Year
Alastair Hamilton, Invest NI – Overall Director of the Year


Chairman of the IoD in Northern Ireland, Ian Sheppard, said:

“The Director of the Year Awards celebrates directors at the forefront of leadership excellence and the number of local directors recognised at the ceremony proves that Northern Ireland continues to produce business men and women of the highest calibre.

“Local directors have enjoyed considerable success at the national awards in recent years and I would like to congratulate all of those who won, were highly commended and shortlisted in what has been a record for Northern Ireland.”

Louise Gulliver, acting Director General, said:

“Congratulations to all of the winners today for their contributions to business and their communities. Success is built on great leadership and it is important to reward those people who have made outstanding contributions to their sector.

“Particular congratulations to the overall Director of the Year, Brendan McGurgan. The judges were very impressed by Brendan, who embodies the entrepreneurial spirit, leading strategic growth plans in global markets and championing an ethos of talent development.”



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