Leaders from Northern Ireland’s business elite have joined forces to judge a record number of entries for the 2017 IoD NI First Trust Bank Director of the Year Awards.
The Awards recognise leadership excellence across a range of sectors and businesses of all sizes. A total of 27 local directors have been shortlisted in 10 different categories. Last year, Northern Ireland winners went on to pick up five national titles including the IoD UK ‘Overall Director of the Year’ Award.
Des Moore, Head of First Trust Bank said, “From reviewing this year’s entries, it’s clear that organisations here continue to place leadership development at the top of their agendas. By nurturing and harnessing the skills and qualities that make an exemplary leader - from good governance to innovative problem solving – our local businesses are acutely contributing to the success of their organisations and the NI economy as a whole. Together with the IoD, we look forward to commending the efforts and dedication of those shortlisted later this Spring.”
Linda Brown, Director of IoD Northern Ireland added; “Not only do these awards celebrate directors at the forefront of leadership performance; they also shine a spotlight on best-in-class practices and so help inspire other business leaders. I know the judges found this year’s review process particularly gruelling given the high calibre of entries and we look forward to unveiling who made the ‘Director’s Cut’ at the awards lunch in April.”
Shortlisted nominees will find out their fate at the awards ceremony hosted by well-known broadcaster Barra Best on 6th April 2017 at the Merchant Hotel, Belfast. Awards will be presented to winners in 10 categories with a special award for the Young Enterprise NI Director of the Year.