Director of the Year Awards 2024

Gold Sponsor : Appleby
Silver Sponsor :
Large Business : Sure
SME Business :
Family Business : Park
Start-up :
Young : Clarity
Third Sector: UBS AG
Public Sector :
Equality, Diversity & Inclusion : Viberts
Sustainability : Jersey Electricity
Non-Executive : Kendrick Rose/Club NED


The IoD Director of the Year Awards is the business community’s opportunity to celebrate the achievements and excellence of individual leaders. It is our chance to recognise those who rose to the challenge of the pandemic and came out on top. Did your CEO or head of the organisation show dedication, resilience, and creativity in tackling the threats while also grasping opportunities? And did they bring the team with them, ensuring everyone was able to contribute and be heard at a time of huge personal as well as economic and practical challenges? 

This year we are going to be recognising family business directors, as well as leaders in sustainability and equality, diversity & inclusion. These three award categories represent core values which are at the heart of not just IoD Jersey, but our Island. The awards don’t just showcase those who help bring prosperity to the economy in Jersey, but the social benefit to us all.

The last two or three years have been tough for many of our local organisations, but it has also shown the critical importance of leadership and leaders who inspire their staff to pull together and overcome adversity as a team. Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI), are all fundamental to that spirit.

We are facing some very challenging years ahead from the impact of global warming and the dire need to alter our behaviours to prevent the catastrophic effects on our climate. Like EDI, Sustainability has to come from the top to be effectively driven through the core of an organisation

Jersey has always prided itself on the myriad of unique family businesses that help form the character of our local economy and society. It will be a real pleasure to celebrate these organisations with their own award category.

We are back with ten categories and looking forward to the black-tie awards ceremony at the RJA&HS on Friday 8th November 2024. We are also delighted that our long-term headline/gold sponsor, Appleby, will once again be supporting the Awards.

2024 dates :

Nominations Open : Monday 4th March 

Eventbrite Tickets On Sale : Monday 4th March 

Applications Open On Portal : Monday 1st April

Nominations Close : Friday 5th July

Applications Close : Friday 23rd August

Shortlist Announced : Monday 9th September

Awards Gala Dinner : Friday 8th November

Nominations Form

Application Form

Changes to the application process from 2023 to 2024;

In 2023, an applicant was asked to answer three performance questions on knowledge, skills and mindset — each 250 words maximum. They were then asked to answer three executive summary & company performance questions — the first two 350 words maximum and the third 250 words maximum. Lastly, they were asked to complete two category-specific questions — each 400 words maximum.

In 2024, an applicant will be asked to answer eight general criteria questions — each 100 words maximum plus one category-specific question of 500 words maximum.

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Categories :

Large Business (£10 million+ turnover)

This award is designed to celebrate those directors working in a large business that has an annual turnover of more than £10 million.

Judges will look at how financial targets and KPIs have been met/exceeded, innovation, the vision for growth, sustainability, evidence of good corporate governance and the leader’s understanding of key challenges, customers and the changing business landscape.

SME - Small to Medium Business (Up to £10 million turnover)

This award is designed to celebrate those directors working in a business that employs under 250 employees and has an annual turnover of less than £10 million.

This award will go to the business that can show outstanding initiative, boldness and imagination in enterprise, sustainability, as well as sound management practice, good corporate governance and commercial success.

Family Business

This award recognises individuals in a family business who have responded to the specific challenges that face directors in family firms, as well as the challenges of the pandemic, and who have contributed to the success of the diverse, dynamic and innovative family business sector. Emerging leaders in a family business are eligible as long as they demonstrate the right trajectory and ethos of this very important part of the private business community.

The judges are looking for a leader who balances the needs and relationships of the company’s owners with a desire to become more successful. Whether one family is in charge or several families work together, the business leader must have the potential to continue to grow and thrive within the current ownership structure.


This award celebrates founders/co-founders of start-ups. It looks at the market opportunity identified by entrepreneurs, the model to capitalise on it and how it has been executed within the first three years of trading.

Judges will look at how initial targets and KPIs have been met or exceeded, the vision for growth, innovation and the leader’s understanding of key challenges, customers and the competitive landscape, as well as a recognition of the importance of good corporate governance/ company culture.


This award recognises upcoming leaders who have demonstrated excellent entrepreneurial potential, ability, ambition, creativity and vision in new or established businesses who have operated at director level for less than three years.

We are looking for someone with an entrepreneurial approach who is a calculated risk taker and innovator who is already generating excitement in the marketplace and who also recognises the importance of good corporate governance/ company culture.

Public Sector

Leadership is critical to good public governance, including good planning, efficiency, transparency and accountability. This award is open to leaders of public services, including public agencies, national bodies and governmental departments.

The judges are looking for leaders that can demonstrate how to get the best out of others' professional expertise and their contribution to civic society.

Wider considerations include how leaders have explained their societal contribution and impact to their stakeholders in the context of the environment in which they operate, their viability and good corporate governance.

Third Sector

Leadership in the voluntary sector is critical to good governance, including planning, efficiency, transparency and accountability. This award is open to directors whose organisations are charities, community organisations or social enterprises that do not generate profit for individuals.

The judges are looking for leaders that can demonstrate how to get the best out of others for the benefit of their organisation and the people/communities it serves. You will have a compelling vision and demonstrate a commitment to empowering others, inclusive decision-making, collaborative leadership, and innovative solutions to fulfil your organisational purpose and values.

The judges will also consider how you demonstrate impact in the context of your operating environment, financial sustainability and good governance.


This award is aimed at leaders who can demonstrate how they integrate the success and smooth running of their business with a strong sense of social responsibility and corporate values and is designed to recognise the most ethical, socially responsible or green business leader in the UK.

Judges are looking for directors that are aware of the impact of their business on all aspects of society including economic, social, and environmental and your own direct and active role in this.

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity and inclusion within any business are key factors in determining organisational success. Over the years many organisations have worked hard to embrace diversity within their workplaces and create an environment where everyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race or cultural background or disability, can flourish and succeed.

More needs to be done to ensure that every business is inclusive, that people feel valued for what they bring to any organisation and that everyone has the same access to opportunities.

Judges are looking for examples that demonstrate that you have specific initiatives already in place to promote diversity and inclusion. These initiatives must be appropriate and relevant to your organisation and its employees.

These should demonstrate:

• The impact of, and positive outcomes from, an intersectional approach (viewing personal demographics such as age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, social mobility, disability and gender in combination instead of isolation)
• Active recruitment to encourage diversity
• A voice, belonging and authenticity
• Doing things differently by incorporating Diversity & Inclusion values and behaviours, which results in a positive impact on organisational culture
• That initiatives or new practice leave a lasting legacy


NEDs can bring exceptional value to any organisation; their role is to provide a creative contribution to the board by providing independent oversight and constructive challenge to the executive directors on a broad range of subjects.

The most important qualities are judgement, wisdom and the ability to gain respect and attention from their colleagues.

This award recognises individuals that have made a significant contribution to the organisation’s strategy, impacted on the financial success of the company, demonstrated high ethical standards and promoted the practice of good corporate governance.

Who to contact

If you have any questions, please contact our Branch Officer:

Zoë Wauton

Branch Officer

Phone: 07829726629