Director of the Year Awards 2023

Gold Sponsor : Appleby
Equality, Diversity & Inclusion: Highvern
Family Business: JJ Fox Trading Limited
SME Business: Law At Work
Third Sector: Ravenscroft


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 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 Jersey Showground on Thursday 19th October 2023. We are also delighted that our long-term headline/gold sponsor, Appleby, will once again be supporting the Awards.

The categories we are offering this year are;

Large Business (10 million+ turnover)

SME Business (up to 10 million turnover)

Family Business



Public Sector

Third Sector


Equality, Diversity & Inclusion


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.

Dates for the diary :

Monday 20th March 2023 — Nominations are open

Thursday 27th April 2023 — Entries are open

Friday 30th June 2023 at midnight — Closing date for nominations

Monday 24th July 2023 at midnight — Closing date for applications

Thursday 10th August 2023 — Shortlisted 3 in each category are announced

Thursday 19th October 2023 — Gala dinner at The Jersey Showground (18.30 — 00.45)

Judges Top Tips :

Gwyn Garfield-Bennett poses some pertinent questions to head judge, Kevin Keen.

  1. Are there any often repeated mistakes that people make in their applications and which can be easily avoided?

I think the main mistake applicants make is to not answer the questions asked on the entry portal. It sounds obvious but it happens constantly. If the question asks applicants to specifically address the IoD competencies, then in order to obtain a good score, that is exactly what the applicant must do.

  1. If you are responsible for a particular category, can you let me know what that category is and what individual advice you have for those nominated?

We try to choose judges that have wide experience and then as head judge I allocate applications to each judge based on the number. Each entry will be reviewed by at least two judges, usually a third. We take great care to ensure that no judge is conflicted when marking an entry - no easy task given how small Jersey is.

  1. Do you have any overall advice for applicants?

Allow yourself plenty of time to complete the entry and evidence your answer whenever you can.  A good entry takes time, so it is not something to do the day before the deadline. Most importantly and as already stated, read the questions asked as if you are sitting an exam and make sure you answer them fully.

  1. Why did you decide to be a judge? Why is it important to you?

It’s a lot of work judging the IoD Director of the Year Awards but I really enjoy the process. One gets to see the talent we have right across Jersey and to be completely honest, it is one of the highlights of my business year.

I very much hope we will see even more entries this year. In 2022 there were over 160 nominations and over 90 entries to mark. Directors are often modest about their achievements so they would not generally think of entering so that is why it is important than anyone can nominate a Director. A nomination encourages someone to step forward and share their own achievements and in turn, prove what a fantastic island we live on.

What to do next:

To NOMINATE someone for an award

To ENTER any of the awards yourself

If you have any questions, please contact our Branch Officer Zoë Wauton

Who to contact

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

Zoë Wauton

Branch Officer