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Six Edinburgh-based directors win at IoD Scotland annual awards

  • The Institute of Directors (IoD) Scotland has announced the winners of its 2021 Director of the Year Awards

  • Simon Poole, Owner and Managing Director of Jerba Campervans, wins Director of the Year Small-Medium Business; one of six national awards won by Directors from Edinburgh at the 2021 Director of the Year Awards

IoD Scotland revealed six national winners from Edinburgh at its Director of the Year Awards 2021 at a live online ceremony hosted by Shereen Nanjiani last night (9 December).

Winners from the Edinburgh and Lothians region include:

  • Viana Maya, Founder and CEO of pRESPECT / pRESPECT HUB CIC, was named IoD Scotland Director of the Year – Innovation. The Judging Panel liked Viana’s initiative, tackling employability in minority ethnic and refugee communities and applauded her clear emphasis on ethics and strong organisational values so that people feel empowered to reach their true potential. The panel commented on Viana’s excellent skills and that she is not afraid to try new initiatives.
  • Simon Poole, Owner and Managing Director of Jerba Campervans Ltd, was named as IoD Scotland Director of the Year – Small-Medium Business. Simon won the award for his leadership on high quality customer service and championing high levels of employee wellbeing, including overseeing the business being the first UK automotive business to achieve the Good Business Charter and sign up to the Fair Tax Mark. Simon also won the Regional Director of the Year award for Edinburgh and Lothians.
  • Dr John Scally, previously National Library of Scotland was named as the IoD Scotland Director of the Year – Public Sector. The judging panel was impressed by the breadth and depth of the work that John led at the National Library of Scotland during his tenure – especially related to equality and diversity, such as acknowledging Scotland’s links to colonialism where he demonstrated real leadership in this area so that others could learn.
  • Sara Roberts, Founder of Healthy Nibbles, was awarded IoD Scotland Director of the Year – Sustainability. The judges remarked that Sara is demonstrating true entrepreneurial spirit with an authentic focus on sustainability.
  • Kathryn Strachan, Managing Director at Copy House Ltd, was named as IoD Scotland Director of the Year – Young. She received the award for her ability as an innovative and inspirational leader, with a clear growth agenda for the organisation which has led to impressive financial results. The judging panel loved her commitment to people shown through, for example, paying potential employees for their consultancy.
  • Alastair Davis, CEO of Social Investment Scotland, was named SCVO Director of the Year – Third Sector. Alastair’s leadership has been key to the success and growth of SIS. He has been instrumental in inspiring stakeholders, partners and investors to support the delivery of demonstrable impact across the Third Sector.

The awards, headline sponsored by Badenoch + Clark, announced the national winners of the 12 director categories, seven regional categories and four discretionary awards to celebrate individuals’ business accomplishments in 2021.

This year saw a new award to pay tribute to the commitment and drive shown by leaders during the pandemic. The inaugural ‘Agility and Resilience Director of the Year 2021’ was won by Lynn Laughland, Managing Director of HRM Homecare Services Ltd from Kilmarnock. The judges commented that Lynn went to extraordinary lengths to increase HRM’s critical care service offering during the pandemic, providing the highest level of front support to the most vulnerable.

Four discretionary awards were also given including the ‘IoD Scotland Chair’s Award’ presented to Vivienne MacLaren. In her role as Chair at Scottish Women’s Football, Vivienne has transformed the organisation and it is recognised as being an important and growing influencer in Scottish sport.

Louise Macdonald OBE, National Director of the Institute of Directors in Scotland, commented on the winners: “Leaders have faced an incredibly challenging two years in businesses and cross sector organisations across the country, with many being forced to pivot operations and switch from thriving to surviving and back to thriving. The awards honour the resilience and tenacity of those directors, celebrating the leaders who are continuing to drive Scotland’s economy and communities forward with passion and determination despite the most extraordinary conditions. The standard of entries was excellent this year, and I’d like to congratulate all of the individual and regional winners, as well as all of the shortlisted finalists.”

The full list of individual winners of the IoD Scotland Director of the Year 2021 Awards include:

Award Category Winner (and Highly Commended) Based in
IoD Scotland Director of the Year – Large Business
  • Duncan MacLean, Candle Shack Limited
  • Falkirk
IoD Scotland Director of the Year – Small-Medium Business
  • Simon Poole, Jerba Campervans Ltd
  • North Berwick
IoD Scotland Director of the Year – International
  • Neale Campbell, Liquid Gas Equipment Ltd (t/a Babcock LGE)
  • Rosyth
IoD Scotland Director of the Year – Agility & Resilience

Sponsored by Insights

  • Lynn Laughland, HRM Homecare Services Ltd
  • Highly Commended: Shelley Booth, Shelley Booth. The Feel Look Be Formula
  • Kilmarnock
  • Dundee

 

IoD Scotland Director of the Year – Family Business

Sponsored by Turcan Connell

  • Michael Longstaffe, Smith Anderson Group Limited
  • Kirkcaldy
IoD Scotland Director of the Year – Third Sector

Sponsored by SCVO

  • Alastair Davis, Social Investment Scotland
  • Highly Commended: Jane-Claire Judson, Chest, Heart & Stroke Scotland
  • Edinburgh
  • Edinburgh
IoD Scotland Director of the Year – Public Sector
  • Dr John Scally, previously National Library of Scotland
  • Edinburgh
IoD Scotland Director of the Year – Young

Sponsored by Badenoch + Clark

  • Kathryn Strachan, Copy House Ltd
  • Highly Commended: Lindsay Fyffe-Jardine, Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home
  • Edinburgh
  • Edinburgh
IoD Scotland Director of the Year – Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

Sponsored by Scottish Government

  • Dr Julie McElroy, Academic & Disability Rights Activist
  • Highly Commended: Philip Gerrard, Deaf Action

 

  • Glasgow
  • Edinburgh

 

IoD Scotland Director of the Year – Innovation

Sponsored by Wheatley Group

 

  • Viana Maya, pRESPECT / pRESPECT HUB CIC
  • Edinburgh
IoD Scotland Director of the Year – Sustainability

Sponsored by Zero Waste Scotland

  • Sara Roberts, Healthy Nibbles
  • Loanhead
IoD Scotland Director of the Year – Non-Executive
  • Dr Brian Williamson, 4icg
  • Glasgow

 

  • Regional Directors of the Year 2021
Edinburgh & Lothians
  • Simon Poole, Jerba Campervans Ltd
  • Highly Commended: Andrew Johnstone, Loft Boarding Scotland Ltd
Central Scotland
  • Duncan MacLean, Candle Shack Limited
Glasgow & West of Scotland
  • James Gillespie, Kibble Education and Care Centre
Highlands & Islands
  • Alan James, AJ Engineering & Construction Services
Fife & Tayside
  • Michael Longstaffe, Smith Anderson Group Limited
  • Highly Commended: Neale Campbell, Liquid Gas Equipment Ltd (t/a Babcock LGE)
South of Scotland
  • Joanna Campbell, Dumfries and Galloway College
Aberdeen & Grampian
  • Dr Idara Umoh, The Sidylle Group

 

IoD Scotland Discretionary Awards 2021
IoD Scotland Chair’s Award Vivienne MacLaren, Scottish Women’s Football
IoD Scotland One to Watch Award Lucy McKee, ENABLE Scotland
IoD Scotland Leadership in Learning Award Dr Ken Thomson OBE, Forth Valley College
IoD Scotland Young Enterprise Scotland Award – the evening highlighted the achievements of both 2020 and 2021 winners 2020: Finlay Matthews, Glasgow Academy

2021: Christian McCulloch, George Watson’s College

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