Three directors from Glasgow and the West of Scotland win IoD Scotland national awards

  • The Institute of Directors (IoD) Scotland announced the winners of its Director of the Year Awards 2021 last night
  • A new category for 2021, Agility and Resilience Director of the Year, was won by Lynn Laughland, HRM Homecare Services Ltd from Kilmarnock.
  • Vivienne MacLaren, Chair of Scottish Women’s Football, was given the prestigious Chair’s Award
IoD Scotland Winner Awards

IoD Scotland revealed national winners of its Director of the Year Awards 2021 at a live online ceremony hosted by Shereen Nanjiani last night (9 December).

The three winners of national awards from Glasgow and the West of Scotland are:

  • The inaugural IoD Scotland Director of the Year – Agility & Resilience award was won by Lynn Laughland, Managing Director at HRM Homecare Services Ltd. This new award paid tribute to the commitment and drive shown by leaders during the pandemic. The judges commented that Lynn went to extraordinary lengths to increase HRM’s critical care service offering during the pandemic, providing the highest level of front-line support to the most vulnerable.
  • Dr Julie McElroy, Academic & Disability Rights Activist won IoD Scotland Director of the Year – Equality, Diversity & Inclusion. The judges commented that she embodies the values of equality and inclusion through her determination to highlight inequalities and socially constructed barriers for disabled people, and actively seeks out new platforms through which to increase awareness of these issues, as well as potential solutions.
  • Dr Brian Williamson, Chairman at 4icg, took home IoD Scotland Director of the Year – Non-Executive. The Judging Panel recognised his hard work to support ambitions for the group to be dominant in Europe in the next three years. The judges commented on his success as an inspirational leader who keeps looking forward while ensuring firm foundations are in place.

The regional Director of the Year 2021 for Glasgow and the West of Scotland was revealed as James Gillespie, Chief Executive at Kibble Education and Care Centre, who was described as being an outstanding leader of an outstanding, sector-leading child and youth care charity. Kibble has 650+ staff who provide 24/7 specialist child and youth care support to at risk children and young people.

The awards, headline sponsored by Badenoch + Clark, announced the national winners of the 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’ which was 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.

Lucy McKee was presented with the inaugural ‘IoD Scotland One to Watch Award’. Her motivation for the work she tirelessly does is nothing to do with personal gain and everything to do with wanting to make a difference for others. She uses her voice in her role as Chair of the Board (aged only 18) of ACE Youth to celebrate diversity and promote inclusivity, and is now a membership Ambassador for the national charity, ENABLE.

Louise Macdonald OBE, National Director of the Institute of Directors in Scotland, commented on the winners: “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.”

The full list of individual winners of the IoD Scotland Director of the Year 2021 Awards include:

Award CategoryWinner (and Highly Commended)Based in
IoD Scotland Director of the Year – Large BusinessDuncan MacLean, Candle Shack LimitedFalkirk
IoD Scotland Director of the Year – Small-Medium BusinessSimon Poole, Jerba Campervans LtdNorth Berwick
IoD Scotland Director of the Year – InternationalNeale Campbell, Liquid Gas Equipment Ltd (t/a Babcock LGE)Rosyth
IoD Scotland Director of the Year – Agility & Resilience Sponsored by InsightsLynn Laughland, HRM Homecare Services LtdHighly Commended: Shelley Booth, Shelley Booth. The Feel Look Be FormulaKilmarnockDundee  
IoD Scotland Director of the Year – Family Business Sponsored by Turcan ConnellMichael Longstaffe, Smith Anderson Group LimitedKirkcaldy
IoD Scotland Director of the Year – Third Sector Sponsored by SCVOAlastair Davis, Social Investment ScotlandHighly Commended: Jane-Claire Judson, Chest, Heart & Stroke ScotlandEdinburgh Edinburgh
IoD Scotland Director of the Year – Public SectorDr John Scally, previously National Library of ScotlandEdinburgh
IoD Scotland Director of the Year – Young Sponsored by Badenoch + ClarkKathryn Strachan, Copy House LtdHighly Commended: Lindsay Fyffe-Jardine, Edinburgh Dog and Cat HomeEdinburghEdinburgh
IoD Scotland Director of the Year – Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Sponsored by Scottish GovernmentDr Julie McElroy, Academic & Disability Rights ActivistHighly Commended: Philip Gerrard, Deaf Action  GlasgowEdinburgh  

IoD Scotland Director of the Year – Innovation Sponsored by Wheatley Group  
Viana Maya, pRESPECT / pRESPECT HUB CICEdinburgh
IoD Scotland Director of the Year – Sustainability Sponsored by Zero Waste ScotlandSara Roberts, Healthy NibblesLoanhead
IoD Scotland Director of the Year – Non-ExecutiveDr Brian Williamson, 4icgGlasgow
Regional Directors of the Year 2021
Edinburgh & LothiansSimon Poole, Jerba Campervans LtdHighly Commended: Andrew Johnstone, Loft Boarding Scotland Ltd
Central ScotlandDuncan Maclean, Candle Shack Limited
Glasgow & West of ScotlandJames Gillespie, Kibble Education and Care Centre
Highlands & IslandsAlan James, AJ Engineering & Construction Services
Fife & TaysideMichael Longstaffe, Smith Anderson Group LimitedHighly Commended: Neale Campbell, Liquid Gas Equipment Ltd (t/a Babcock LGE)
South of ScotlandJoanna Campbell, Dumfries and Galloway College
Aberdeen & GrampianDr Idara Umoh, The Sidylle Group
IoD Scotland Discretionary Awards 2021
IoD Scotland Chair’s AwardVivienne MacLaren, Scottish Women’s Football
IoD Scotland One to Watch AwardLucy McKee, ENABLE Scotland
IoD Scotland Leadership in Learning AwardDr Ken Thomson OBE, Forth Valley College
IoD Scotland Young Enterprise Scotland Award – the evening highlighted the achievements of both 2020 and 2021 winners2020: Finlay Matthews, Glasgow Academy 2021: Christian McCulloch, George Watson’s College


Sponsors and Supporters of the Director of the Year Awards

  • Badenoch + Clark, Insights, SCVO, The Scottish Government, Turcan Connell, Wheatley Group, Zero Waste Scotland, Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University, Caithness Glass, Kinloch Anderson, Solo Films, Young Enterprise Scotland

About IoD/IoD Scotland 

  • The Institute of Directors (IoD) was founded in 1903 and obtained a Royal Charter in 1906. The IoD is a non-party political organisation with members in the United Kingdom and overseas. Membership includes directors from right across the business spectrum – from media to manufacturing, e-business to the public and voluntary sectors. Members include CEOs of large corporations as well as entrepreneurs and directors of public sector bodies, charities and start-up companies. 
  • IoD in Scotland has seven branches – Edinburgh, Glasgow, Central, Fife and Tayside, South of Scotland, Aberdeen and Highlands & Islands –
  • The IoD is dedicated to encouraging entrepreneurial activity through good governance and responsible business practice. It provides an effective voice to represent the interests of its members to key opinion-formers at the highest levels. Follow us on Twitter to get the IoD’s reaction on business and public policy issues.
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