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Swindon and Wiltshire bosses in running to be named Director of the Year

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Mark Langman abd Anil OhriMark Langman abd Anil OhriThe managing director of Network Rail's Western route and the chief executive of a Salisbury-based healthcare firm and are among 15 directors shortlisted in the South West Institute of Directors 2018 Awards.

Based in Swindon, Mark Langman has overseen a multi-billion pound upgrade and led the drive to increase safety and reliability within the Network Rail infrastructure across the West from Paddington to Penzance, covering 1,847 miles of track, 650 level crossings and 2,200 train services every day, working with business and political leaders across the route to improve the railway.

Dr Anil Ohri founded Regent’s Park Healthcare, based in Downton, in 2002. The company provides managed cardiac care services across 42 NHS hospitals, employing over 300 staff. It has delivered more than 100,000 cardiology procedures.

IoD South West chairman and chartered director Nick Sturge, a winner in 2014 and director of Engine Shed, Bristol, said: “We had a record number of entries this year so to be even shortlisted is an achievement.

"The South West has a well-deserved reputation for creativity and entrepreneurship and the diversity of the entries really showcases this fact.

"The awards recognise individuals who have made a significant difference in their field, be they start ups or established organisations across both the private and public sectors.

"The hard task now will be to choose the winners from such an eclectic and impressive shortlist.”

The finals take place on Thursday, June 14 at Sandy Park Stadium near Exeter.