Search is on for Wiltshire’s top leaders

By Anita Jaynes on 16 February, 2016

Businesses in Wiltshire are being urged to enter one of the region’s top awards schemes recognising excellence and enterprise.

The Institute of Directors’ South West Director of the Year Awards 2016 seek to recognise outstanding leaders and entrepreneurs and focus UK-wide attention on success in the region.

Award nominations are open to anyone working at director level in any type of business or organisation– they don’t have to be an IoD member.

Categories include:  Family Business, Public Sector, Not for Profit/Third Sector, International, Corporate Responsibility, Young Director and Director.

A panel of experts will judge the entries and the winners will be announced at a dinner on 9 June in Bristol.

Last year’s winners included Julie Moore, MD of Gloucestershire-based commercial catering suppliers Green Gourmet who won Director of the Year;  Vashti Seth, founder of the international development charity Deki, in Bristol, who took the Third Sector award and Neil Way, Jeff Way Electrical Services, who was named Family Director of the Year.

IoD South West chairman Nick Sturge, a winner in 2014 and Director of Engine Shed, Bristol, said: “These awards are designed to recognise and celebrate the role of business and enterprise leaders and their contribution to the economy of the South West, which is known for its rich diversity, from aerospace, technology and tourism through to our reputation in the creative industries and social enterprise.

“As a former winner, I can talk from experience about the privilege of achieving one of these awards as you are up against stiff opposition. I urge directors across the region to consider applying and get some recognition for the great work you are doing.”

South West winners are eligible to go forward to the UK Director Awards in London in the autumn.  The entry form and more details are available by calling 0117 3707785,  emailing, or by going online

The entry deadline, March 31, 2016.