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The search is on to find Wiltshire's Director of the Year

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Winners in the 2017 competitionWinners in the 2017 competitionBusiness leaders in Wiltshire are being encouraged to enter one of the South West's top award schemes recognising excellence and enterprise.

The Institute of Directors’ South West Director of the Year Awards 2019 single out outstanding leaders and entrepreneurs and focus UK-wide attention on success in the region.

Award nominations are open to anyone working at director level in any type of business or organisation– they don’t have to be an IoD member.

This year there are two new categories, recognising Young Directors and Directors of a business with a £50 million-plus turnover.

Existing categories include Start Up, Small to Medium (up to £50m turnover), Public Sector, Not for Profit/Third Sector, Innovation and Corporate Responsibility.

There is also the Chair's Award for Excellence in Director and Board Practice.

Last year winners included UWE Bristol pro vice-chancellor Donna Whitehead who took the inaugural New Director Award.

A panel of experts will judge the entries and the winners will be announced on 5 June at a ceremony in Somerset at Haynes International Motor Museum.

IoD South West chairman Muir Macdonald, said: “"These awards are about amazing leadership - recognising it, showcasing it, rewarding it.

"Whether you're leading in a private, public or third-sector organisation, we're keen to spotlight the achievements we've been making in our region, and the back stories that go with those achievements.

"It's been an uncertain, if not a challenging, time for us all recently yet the South West continues to remain resilient and resourceful - thanks in no small part to its people and their leaders. As the saying goes, 'In adversity, some people break and some people break records' so, what a time to shine a light on those who are succeeding, if only to inspire those who might not be coping so well.

"If you've accomplished great things in 2018, this is a great opportunity to shout about it."

South West winners are eligible to go forward to the UK Director Awards in London in the autumn. The entry form and more details are available by going online http://www.iodawards.com/southwest