IoD Scotland reveals Glasgow business leaders shortlisted for national awards

  • The Institute of Directors (IoD) Scotland has announced the 47 leaders shortlisted for the Director of the Year Awards 2021.
  • This year features a new category recognising the ‘Agility and Resilience’ of leaders during the pandemic.

IoD Scotland has today revealed that business leaders from Glasgow and the West of Scotland are finalists for national awards across five categories at the 2021 Director of the Year awards. Finalists from the region have shown particular strength in the Equality, Diversity & Inclusion category with two finalists and the Non-Executive category with a further two finalists.

Seven business leaders from Glasgow and the West of Scotland have been shortlisted for the national awards, including:

  • Claire Nelson, Netball Scotland & Strathclyde Sirens
  • Dr Julie McElroy, Academic & Disability Rights Activist
  • Alastair MacNish OBE, previously Wheatley Group
  • Brian Williamson, 4icg

The awards, headline sponsored by Badenoch + Clark, celebrate individuals’ business accomplishments in 2021 and the winners will be crowned at a live online ceremony on Thursday 9 December.

The awards will pay tribute to the focus and drive of leaders over the last 12 months, at a time where strong leadership has been vital to ensuring the successful economic and social recovery of Scotland. To honour this, the IoD has introduced a new award for 2021; The Agility and Resilience Director of the Year. This title will be awarded to the leader whose efforts to tackle the continuous challenges of 2020 went ‘above and beyond’. Two finalists have been shortlisted in this category from Glasgow and the West of Scotland, Lesslie Young, CEO of Epilepsy Scotland and Lynn Laughland, Managing Director at HRM Homecare Services Ltd.

Louise Macdonald OBE, National Director of the Institute of Directors in Scotland, said: “As we emerge from the pandemic, many organisations are re-evaluating and refocusing their objectives, which is a process that heavily relies on the insight and leadership of directors. During the most challenging times the truly inspirational leaders shine through even more brightly among their peers, and our Director of the Year Awards are a way to celebrate that talent and strength of Scottish business leaders

“We were keen to acknowledge the work of directors in steering their organisations through the pandemic with our ‘Agility and Resilience’ award. Some leaders have shown outstanding strength and determination during these tumultuous times, and I’m so proud to be able to celebrate and recognise every one of their efforts later in the year at our ceremony to announce the winners.”


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