Hertfordshire winners named at IoD East of England Director of the Year Awards 2018

Five Hertfordshire directors, including the MD of Hemel Hempstead Business Ambassador Lumina Technologies scooped highly commended prizes at The Institute of Director’s annual East of England Director of the Year Awards, held on Friday 15th June at The Jockey Club Rooms in Newmarket.

The awards celebrate the exemplary leaders who are doing great work across the East of England, rewarding individuals who display professionalism, diligence and creativity to inspire employees.

The Hertfordshire directors recognised were:

  • Debbie Gardiner MBE, Director of Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP), won Non-Executive Director of the Year.
  • Peter Williamson, Managing Director of R A Rodriguez (UK) Limited won highly commended for Small Medium Enterprise Director of the Year
  • Richard McBarnet, Managing Director of Lumina Technologies Limited, won highly commended for Corporate Social Responsibility Director of the Year.
  • Helen Mayhew, BeeZee Bodies CIC won highly commended for Corporate Social Responsibility Director of the Year.
  • David Hosking, Managing Director of Tuskerdirect won Chairman’s Award

Debbie, Peter, Richard, Helen and David were presented with their awards by Stephen Martin (IoD Director General) and David Sales (Chairman, IoD East of England).

Stephen Martin, this year’s guest of honour, is an authoritative voice of UK business in the media and engages with senior figures from across government, politics and Whitehall, to represent business interests.  He commented: “Today has been a fantastic event celebrating the best in British business here in the East of England and it was amazing to see so many inspirational stories of directors and the great impact they have not just in their own company but in the communities in which they are operating.  It was a very successful event with many worthy winners and I wish them all continued success in their businesses.”

David Sales, regional IoD Chairman for East of England and host of the awards commented: “Every year these awards get more competitive, meaning the judging process is ever more challenging and exciting!  The East of England is home to many of the UK’s most innovative, vibrant and successful organisations – led by some of our best directors.  This year’s winners are exceptional role models for our fabulous region.”

Simone Robinson, Head of Regional Relationships, IoD East of England commented on the winners: “All of the winners are singularly tenacious, driven, innovative and successful, and all of them share the desire to promote good governance, deliver strong and collaborative leadership, a consideration for corporate social responsibility, and a recognition of the role the team plays in the businesses achievements.”

Photo – Left to Right: Stephen Martin (IoD Director General), Richard McBarnet (Lumina Technologies), Debbie Gardiner MBE (AELP), Helen Mayhew (BeeZee Bodies), Peter Williamson (R A Rodriguez), David Sales (Chairman, IoD East of England)

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