Top business leaders honoured at IoD awards

Richard Ennis, left, of First Trust and IoD chair Paul Terrington, right, with Brian Murray of The Workspace Group named Third Sector Director of the Year
Richard Ennis, left, of First Trust and IoD chair Paul Terrington, right, with Brian Murray of The Workspace Group named Third Sector Director of the Year

Wrights Group CEO Mark Nodder is among 10 directors announced as winners of the 2016 IoD First Trust Bank Director of the Year Awards

Mr Nodder is among the list of leading directors from across the private, third and public sectors recognised for setting exceptional standards of leadership and demonstrating good corporate governance.

The winners, were announced at a lunch ceremony in Belfast’s Merchant Hotel and each now has the chance to be shortlisted for the UK Director of the Year Awards, taking place in London later this year.

Among the others honoured are Brendan Mooney of the Kainos Group, Brian McErlain of family bakery busieness Genesis Crafty, Brian Murray, of The Workspace Group and Alastair Hamilton, Invest NI.

Stressing the need for high standards and leadership skills IoD NI chairmanPaul Terrington said: “The Director of the Year Awards is an ideal platform for this, providing the IoD with an opportunity to join with First Trust Bank in formally recognising the fantastic work being carried out by leaders of a wide range of organisations across the private, third and public sectors.

“I’d like to warmly congratulate the successful directors as well as those who were shortlisted, and wish them continued success for the future.”

Des Moore, head of First Trust Bank, said:

“Leadership is one of the magic ingredients that will determine Northern Ireland’s economic fortunes and also one of the few economic levers entirely within our control.

“We believe that for the winners, and indeed the other nominees, strong leadership is not only keenly felt by the organisations they work for, but also the Northern Ireland economy as a whole.”