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The Institute of Directors today launched its annual search for the most successful Northern Ireland business leaders.

The 2014 IoD First Trust Bank Director of the Year Awards, regarded by many as the most prestigious business awards, will recognise those who lead their field across all sectors of the local economy.

Paul Terrington, Chairman of the IoD NI, said:

“The IoD First Trust Bank Director of the Year Awards is an opportunity for directors to receive the recognition they truly deserve for their continued determination, good corporate governance and exceptional standards in leadership within their organisations.

“Northern Ireland is awash with business leaders who excel within their respective sectors. Testament to this is that all eight of our winners from last year’s awards have now been shortlisted for the UK Finals, which just goes to show how rich the pool of business talent is here in Northern Ireland.”

The esteemed awards, sponsored by First Trust Bank, are the pinnacle of business success in Northern Ireland and are highly regarded as the most prestigious industry accolade.

The awards are open to all business leaders in Northern Ireland, whether they are IoD members or not. Directors are invited to enter across nine categories:

1.    Director of the Year for a Large Company (over 250 employees).

2.    Young Director of the Year.

3.    Director of the Year for a Small and Medium Company (250 or fewer employees).

4.    Public Sector Director of the Year.

5.    Director of the Year for Leadership in Corporate Responsibility.

6.    Family Business Director of the Year.

7.    International Director of the Year.

  1. Non-Executive Director of the Year.
  1. Third Sector Director of the Year.
  1. A tenth award will be presented to the Young Enterprise Director of the Year nominated by Young Enterprise NI and sponsored by Concentrix

Paul Terrington continued:

“The IoD believes in providing professional development and mentoring programmes to ensure that our business leaders are equipped to succeed on the global stage.

“The category winners will be inspirational figures who are leading and delivering results for their respective organisations.

“I’d like to thank First Trust Bank as title sponsor and our category sponsors. All these companies recognise the important role the IoD plays in delivering leadership excellence and we appreciate their support.”

The Director of the Year Awards are part of a UK-wide IoD programme that sets the standard for directors.

This year a simplified application form has been introduced so it has never been easier for directors to enter.

The IoD First Trust Bank Director of the Year Awards, will be presented at a lunch on Friday 5 December at The Merchant Hotel in Belfast and are now open to all business leaders across the province.

The winners will be selected from a panel of leading business and media figures. Following that, each winner will then be nominated for the coveted IoD Lunn’s Award of Excellence.

Criteria for all the awards can be viewed and application forms downloaded at or contact Linda Brown on 028 9068 3224.

Closing date for applications is 30 September 2014.

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