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Shortlist revealed for Midlands Director of the Year Awards

The Institute of Directors (IoD) has revealed the names of the business leaders shortlisted for its 2020 Midlands Director of the Year Awards.

The finalists are drawn from across the East and West Midlands and represent the full spectrum and diversity of business and industry, from young entrepreneurs to experienced public and private sector leaders.

This is the first time that the IoD East and West Midlands regions have joined forces for the awards. The winners will be revealed at a virtual awards ceremony, streamed live at 5pm on 12 November.

Gary Headland, chair, IoD East Midlands, said: “The unforeseen impact of Covid-19 has prompted many businesses to innovate and provided us with the opportunity to try new ways of doing things. As such, we are running this year’s awards across the whole of the Midlands, offering even greater visibility to our finalists.”

Brian Hall, chair, IoD West Midlands, said: “Now, more than ever, it is imperative that we celebrate directors and their achievements, showcasing those at the forefront of leadership excellence. Congratulations to everyone who has made this shortlist, which is a fantastic achievement in itself.”

Hall and Headland will each select and announce a winner for the Chair’s Award for Excellence from their respective half of the Midlands.

Award winners will be announced by this year’s category sponsors: BHSF, Business Link Magazine, DRP, Finance 4 Business, Midlands Engine Investment Fund, Morningside Pharmaceuticals, Nelsons Solicitors, Smith and Williamson, University of Lincoln and University of Wolverhampton.

Free tickets to attend the event are available now at


The shortlist:

Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire

Laura Claire Smith, Autistic Nottingham

Grant & Stacey Green, Freedom Foundation CIC

Claire-Marie Cuthbert, The Evolve Trust

Mark Smith, Royal Life Saving Society UK

Karl Spencer, Safety PAL (PAL Software)

Sam Hallett, Enable Life & Enable Future

Helen Wathall, Wathall’s



Samantha Burton, Make an Entrance

Naomi Watkins-Ligudzinska, NW Counselling Hub CIC

Bill Skelly, Lincolnshire Police

James Pinchbeck, Lincoln College Group and Streets Chartered Accountants

Ruchi Aggarwal, Lincoln International Business School

Samantha Burton, Make an Entrance



Emma Hallam, Alex’s Wish

Ian McKellar, Kudos Technology

Mark Platt, Incite Consulting Services

Mark Robinson and Andy Rudkin, Creative 62

Paul Bonnett, Danaher & Walsh Group

Mark Eydman, IO Controls Limited

Stephen Dean, Alex’s Wish

Parvez Bhatty, Leicester Children’s Holidays

Chris Clay, Escalate Law

John Fennell, Rotherwood Healthcare

Mark Esho, Easy Internet Services, Easy Internet Solutions, DREME Ltd and Access Rating CIC



Daniel Evans, Birmingham Enterprise Community CIC

Sonu Bubna,

Tracey Paxton, The Employee Resilience Company

Jamil Shabir, Bootcamp Media

Ian Walters, SLC Rail

Geoff Cousins, G&P Group Holdings

Kevin Watson, Amadeus

Toby Porter, Acorns Children’s Hospice

Roger Dix, Wesleyan

Paul Wood, Woodhshires Business Solutions

Kevin Watson, Amadeus

Ian Vickers, Managed Enterprise Technologies


Coventry & Warwickshire

Suleman Sacranie, The GP Service (UK)

Amrit Sandhar, The Engagement Coach

Peter Jarvis, Contechs


Black Country

Mike Gahir, Steps to Work

Steven Greenall, Warwick Music Group

Jonathan Hemus, Insignia Crisis and Reputation Management

Phil Arkinstall, Ark Media Productions


Hereford & Worcester

Dale Parmenter, DRPG

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