Diversity of directors at awards
The growth in the number of innovators and the excellence of start-ups in the Island was very much in evidence at the recent Institute of Directors Jersey Director of the Year Awards.
The Director of the Year for Innovation was Allan Watts, whose Sleep Well company has quickly gained customers for its natural milk drinks in Jersey, the UK and elsewhere.
He faced stiff competition for the title from Howard Le Cornu of The Resolution Centre, Russell Newton of GABI – Global Advisors, Tom Noel of JT Global and John Woodhouse, Total Solutions Group.
There was an equally strong field in the New/Start-up Director of the Year category, which was won by Johnathon Pereira of Seapower Marine, a marine engineering and servicing company. The runners-up were Daniel Butler-Hawkes from Vivilite, Ceri Riddett from C5 Alliance and Glenda Rivoallan, Soulgenic.
Other awards went to;
- Director of the Year for Third Sector: Emelita Robbins, Jersey Hospice Care.
- Director of the Year for Public Sector: Andrew Sugden, States of Jersey Police.
- Non-Executive Director of the Year: Wendy Dorman.
- Director of the Year for CSR: Jamie Racjan, Fungi Delecti.
- Chairman’s Award for Excellence in Leadership: Dr Lesley Dickie, Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust.
The new-look awards, sponsored by Appleby, HSBC and Orchid, aimed to reflect the capabilities and value leaders bring both to their organisations and to the local community, according to the chairman of IoD Jersey, Chris Clark.
‘With that in mind, it was pleasing to see such a broad cross-section of individuals represented across our new range of categories, both as winners and shortlisted nominees,’ he said.