Third sector leaders took home six awards.
Figures from across Scotland’s third sector walked away with top gongs at this year’s Institute of Directors (IoD) Scotland Awards.
The glitzy event, held on Thursday, June 8, in Edinburgh, saw six leading individuals from Scottish charities win awards, including the Agility and Resilience and Chair’s awards.
Lindsay Fyffe-Jardine, CEO of Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home, walked away with two awards - Edinburgh and Lothians Regional Director of the Year and the Third Sector Director of the Year Award.
The IoD Scotland awards are among the most prestigious accolades in business, with the charity Kibble’s chief executive, Jim Gillespie, named Director of the Year for Agility and Resilience, and Regional Director of the Year for Glasgow and the West of Scotland.
Of the six regional awards, three were won by charity leaders, with CEO of Scottish SPCA, Kirsteen Campbell, winning the Fife and Tayside gong.
A special congratulations was paid on the night to Theresa Shearer CEO of Enable when receiving the prestigious Chair's Award, with the IoD noting that her “exceptional leadership and dedication have truly made a lasting impact”.
The awards are designed to celebrate the invaluable leadership qualities on display from senior executives across the country and were held in-person for the first time since 2019.
Organisers took the opportunity to commend the achievements of directors who successfully navigated their businesses through the Covid-19 Pandemic and the transition back to greater normality post-pandemic.
Kibble’s Jim Gillespie said: “It’s an incredible honour to have received these awards and I accept them as a reflection of the hard work and commitment of everyone at Kibble.
“Our organisation faced significant challenges in recent years and the pandemic forced us to transform every element of our existing practices. We had to do this quickly and efficiently to ensure we kept our vital services operating round the clock and, most importantly, kept the children and young people we support safe.
“This was no small-scale operation, but thanks to our incredible staff, we were able to maintain resilience by adapting our practice accordingly and by coordinating operations in line with our business continuity plans.
“We have all worked together to get to where we are now and emerge from the pandemic a stronger organisation, so these awards are deserved recognition for the efforts of every Kibble employee.”