Belfast Telegraph

Search begins to uncover Northern Ireland's best business leaders

By Clare Weir

The search is on for Northern Ireland's most successful business leaders.

With previous winners including the likes of Tracy Hamilton of Mash Direct Limited and Jim Dobson of Dunbia, the Institute of Directors Director of the Year Awards, sponsored by First Trust bank, will recognise those who lead their field across all sectors of the local economy.

Ten categories will honour directors of large, medium and small companies, those in the public, private and third sectors, family bosses, international directors and young entrepreneurs.

Paul Terrington, chairman of the Institute of Directors in Northern Ireland, said that 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." he said.

"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.

Des Moore, head of First Trust Bank, said that to emerge from the recession in a stronger position, strong and committed leaders are needed across all parts of society.

"We believe these awards are an important platform to celebrate individual achievement among senior leadership here and will help recognise their contribution to the success of various organisations and the Northern Ireland economy as a whole," he said.

The awards are open to all business leaders in Northern Ireland, whether they are IoD members or not.

This year a simplified application form has been introduced and the awards will be presented at a lunch which will be held on Friday, December 5 at The Merchant Hotel in Belfast.

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. The closing date for applications is September 30, 2014.

Belfast Telegraph