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Third sector nominees sought for national awards

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The Director of the Year Awards are set to celebrate inspiring leadership across Scotland

Third sector leaders are being encouraged to gain recognition at a national awards ceremony.

The Institute of Directors (IoD) Scotland Director of the Year Awards celebrate inspiring leadership across the country.

The awards will take place at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Glasgow Central on Thursday, 23 May.

Previous years have seen a strong representation of nominees from the third sector – with Celine Sinclair, chief executive of The Yard, winning the Director of the Year – Small Businesses award in 2018.

She said: “Winning in this category was great recognition for the third sector overall and for our charity in that we are running a successful business like any other. This award has been pivotal for The Yard in developing key relationships that support the long-term sustainability of our organisation. We would very much like to extend our thanks to everyone in the IoD for their support.”

David Watt, executive director of the IoD in Scotland, said the organisation is keen to recognise the talent in Scotland’s third sector.

He said: “The awards allow us to celebrate the immensely diverse range of organisations across Scotland, and the inspirational women and men who lead them.

“Those that will make the shortlist have demonstrated their ability as effective and dynamic leaders. Their skills are as broad as they are deep, and all vital to building Scotland’s future. These leaders are at the top of their game and have much to share, not only with their peers, but also those that will follow them to the top. Strong leadership remains a constant driver of performance amid overwhelming change inflicted by external forces such as economic and political uncertainty.

“Directors in the third sector are to be especially admired. As business leaders, they come up against the same issues and challenges other directors do; however they must also face intense scrutiny and be held accountable not only by stakeholders, but society as a whole.”

Alongside the wider awards, the SCVO Third Sector Director of the Year award is also open for nominees.

Last year, Tom Halpin, chief executive of community justice charity Sacro, scooped the award.

He said: “There is no way the results that made this possible could be delivered by one individual alone. The process of the award itself offered me a real opportunity to reflect on what we are doing in challenging economic conditions to work collaboratively with our partners. When I attended the awards celebration, I was able to see the great work of all the other recipients, and this made me even more proud of what we have achieved.

"For me, the sense of third sector leadership being valued across sectors and by peers is something I’ll always cherish.”

Nominations for the awards are open until 28 February, with full details available on the IoD website.