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Third sector among those recognised at prestigious awards ceremony

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Online ceremony celebrated country's top directors

IoD Scotland has revealed the winners of its Director of the Year Awards 2021 at a live online ceremony.

Among those receiving a gong was Alastair Davis who scooped the Third Sector Director of the Year award, sponsored by SCVO.

Jane-Claire Judson of Chest, Heart & Stroke Scotland, received Highly Commended in the same category.

Jim Gillespie, chief executive of Kibble, was named Regional Director of the Year for Glasgow and the West.

Jim, who has led the Paisley based specialist care provider since 2016, was recognised for his leadership of the charity and its team of 695 staff during the challenges of the pandemic.

The awards recognised national winners of 12 director categories, seven regional categories and four discretionary awards to celebrate individuals’ business accomplishments in 2021.

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.

Elsewhere winners on the night included  Duncan MacLean, CEO of Candle Shack Limited, who took home the accolade ‘Director of the Year – Large Business’.

Duncan was recognised for his agile leadership that enabled the company to continue strong growth even during the pandemic, expanding markets in the UK and Europe.

Another winner was Simon Poole, Owner and Managing Director at Jerba Campervans Ltd, who won the ‘IoD Scotland Director of the Year – Small-Medium Business’ award.

Simon received 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.

Louise Macdonald, National Director of the Institute of Directors in Scotland, said: “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.”