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Highlands and Island's business bosses shortlisted for Scotland awards

10 March 2011

The directors of three businesses nominated by Highlands and Islands Enterprise are in the running for an award which celebrates excellence in Scotland's boardrooms.

The winners of the 2010 Institute of Directors 'Scotland Director of the Year Awards' will be announced at a gala dinner hosted by broadcaster Kaye Adams on Friday 18th March 2011 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Glasgow. Each prize-winner will receive a trophy designed and produced by Caithness Glass.

The Highlands and Islands finalists are:

  • Samantha Faircliff, Managing Director of Cairngorm Brewery
  • Catherine Hughson, Executive Officer,Voluntary Action Shetland
  • Brian Wilson, Chairman of Harris Tweed Hebrides LLP

Collectively they comprise the short list for the Highlands and Islands regional award. In addition Catherine has been nominated for the Voluntary Sector Director category, and Brian for the Global Director.

Alex Paterson, Chief Executive of HIE will present the Highlands and Islands trophy. He commented: "The winners of the IoD awards are judged by an independent panel which recognises community impact as well as individual achievement. A large focus of HIE's work is supporting the ambitious individuals and businesses which create successful, sustainable communities to grow. The evening is about celebrating the high calibre of leaders we have in Scotland and we congratulate the Highlands and Islands entrants on their achievements."

Individual details:

  • Sam Faircliff is managing director of Cairngorm Brewery which has operated since 2001 from its base in the Cairngorms National Park. It has grown substantially under Sam's direction, establishing itself in outlets throughout the Highlands and Central Belt and by working with customers and wholesalers to increase exposure. Under Sam's direction Cairngorm Brewery has increased sales year on year and the company turned over £1m in 2009, 25% up on the previous year.

    Contact : 01479 812222 and
  • Catherine Hughson is Executive Officer with Voluntary Action Shetland. Since joining VAS in 2002 Catherine has delivered a number of key projects and major changes to streamline, improve and redefine voluntary services to Shetland's third sector. Since Catherine's appointment, staff numbers at VAS have doubled from nine to 18 and its annual turnover has doubled.

    Contact: 01595 743901 or
  • As Chairman of Harris Tweed Hebrides Brian Wilson initiated the whole concept as a new-start business and has been one of the leading lights in the regeneration of the Harris Tweed industry. Since its formation in 2007, the company is now the largest Harris Tweed producer, exports to over 50 countries and has continued to revitalise the industry.

    Contact: Brian Wilson 07876 390662

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