The Institute of Directors (IoD) has revealed the names of the business leaders shortlisted for its 2020 Director of the Year Awards.

The finalists are drawn from across Yorkshire and the North East and represent the full spectrum and diversity of business and industry, from young entrepreneurs to experienced public and private sector leaders.

The winners’ names will be revealed at a virtual awards event on 4 November.

The judging panel was chaired by Simon Walton, managing partner at Berwick Partners/Odgers Berndtson, Leeds.

Natalie Sykes, Regional Director of IoD Yorkshire and North East, said: “Congratulations are due to everyone who has made this shortlist, which is a fantastic achievement itself.

“Thanks to Simon and his judging panel for their hard work in scrutinising the entries and reaching our final shortlist. The quality of nominations was very high, which led to some difficult deliberations.”

Delroy Beverley, Regional Chairman of IoD Yorkshire and North East, said: “I’m delighted that we are able to stage this year’s prestigious awards and I am looking forward very much to presenting the highly coveted Chairman’s Award which recognises and rewards business leaders who have achieved great success in their chosen field and have also made an everlasting footprint for others to follow.”

Simon Walton added: “The judging panel had a tough task on their hands given the high quality of the entries this year. We look forward to revealing our overall winners during our virtual awards ceremony.”

Awards partners are CNG, Leeds Beckett University, Schroders Personal Wealth and Forward Ladies.

The shortlist is:

Social Value and Sustainability Impact
William Beer, Tunley Engineering
Clair Challenor-Chadwick, Cause UK
Sean Royce, KCOM

Family Business
Richard Hoggart, Burlington Care
Thomas Harrison, Kingkraft Ltd
Jonathan Lupton, Econ Engineering Ltd
Atul Malhotra, Malhotra Group PLC
Brian Stahelin and Abigail Stahelin-Hall, Stafflex Limited
James Killerby, Hibiscus PLC
James Mann, Steve Mann Caravans Limited

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
Chloë Clover, Wander Films
David Nikolich, ABSTRACT
Nitin Shukla, Haven Tyneside

Gillian Robson & Katy Foxcroft, Tan Cream
Paul Smith, Touchstone Education
Davie Parks, The Skill Mill
Martin Port, BigChange Limited
Zandra Moore, Panintelligence
Matthew Atkinson, Radical Panda Ltd
Karl Beckett, Karl Beckett
Rik Currie, Anthropods & Co Ltd
Adam Hildreth, Crisp
Steve Scrimshaw, Siemens Energy

Ryan Maughan, Avid Technology Ltd
Adam Hildreth, Crisp
Mark Gilroy, TMS Development International Ltd

Diane Cheesebrough, V4 UK Holdings
Nicola Chance-Thompson DL, The Piece Hall Trust

Wallace Sampson, Harrogate Borough Council
Ben Houchen, Tees Valley Mayor
John Wilson, Northumbria University Newcastle
Andrew Hodgson, North East Local Enterprise Partnership

Simon Dixon, Hatmill
Graham Ratcliffe, Northern Regeneration (Scarborough Construction Skills Village)
Simon Senior, Autex Acoustics Ltd
Abi Hookway, Touchstone Education
Jonathan Lupton, Econ Engineering Ltd
Poonam Kaur, Fds Director Services
Andrew Pooley, ERS Transition Limited (trading as ERS Medical)
William Beer, Tunley Engineering
Claire Conlaund, The Skills Network
Gary Moore, UNTHA UK
Anna Sutton, The Data Shed
Martin Stead, Sewell Facilities Management
Kenneth Wood, AA Projects Limited
Dawn Carney, Fresh Pastures & School Milk UK
Zandra Moore, Panintelligence

Matthew Atkinson, Radical Panda Ltd
William Beer, Tunley Engineering
Bethany Ainsley, OptiMe
Claire Thomas, Wharfedale Grange Ltd

Third Sector
Charlie Stobbart and Tom Smith, MAP Charity
Richinda Taylor, EVA Women's Aid Ltd
James Cross, Urban Green Newcastle

Matt Smallwood, SCR Ticketing Company Limited (T/A TravelMaster)
William Beer, Tunley Engineering
Laura Hepburn, Greenology
Laura Shackleton, Dogobees eco hairdressers ltd
Grant Nicholson, Planet-U Energy
Angela Brown, Meteoric
Anita Zhang, ACOLINK

Chairman’s Award
Nicola Chance-Thompson DL, The Piece Hall Trust
Malcolm Healey, Wren Kitchens
Heidi Mottram, OBE, Northumbrian Water
Owen Williams, Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust
Andrew & Debbie Keeble, Heck Food Ltd
David Kilburn, MKM Building Supplies