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Highlands and Islands business leaders pick up prestigious IoD Scotland Director of the Year Awards

22 March 2013

Two of the Highlands and Islands’ top business figures have been recognised at the Institute of Directors (Scotland) Director of the Year awards in a ceremony held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Glasgow last night (Thursday March 21).

The judges selected Roy MacGregor OBE, Chairman of Inverness based Global Energy Group to take home the award for IoD Scotland Director of the Year Award in the businesses over £30m turnover category for his outstanding vision which has been crucial to the success and strong growth of the company since its launch in 2005.

IoD Scotland Executive Director David Watt said: “Roy’s leadership of Global Energy Group is extremely impressive, driving turnover to £200m and creating a worldwide workforce of 3,500 in just eight years.  A series of acquisitions have been key to its success, including the Nigg shipyard which has benefitted not only the company but the Highlands economy by bringing oil rig repair work back to the Cromarty Firth.”

Caroline Campbell, Director of The Ironworks Venue in Inverness has been named as the Highlands and Islands Enterprise Regional Director of the Year in recognition of her efforts in turning around the fortunes of the live music and events venue.

David Watt said: “The Ironworks Venue weathered the recession well thanks to Caroline and her hard work and entrepreneurial flair, with it now attracting mainstream acts but retaining its links to the local community. This has generated activity levels in the creative and social sectors not seen in the Highlands before.”

Other winners from the Highlands and Islands include:

- Dennis Overton, Managing Director of Aquascot Ltd, awarded the Director Award for Workplace Health, Safety and Wellbeing.

- Paul Easto, Chief Executive of Wilderness Scotland, awarded the Director Award for Sustainability Leadership.

- Becky Small, Managing Director or Fortrose Academy’s Innovation company was awarded the Young Enterprise Scotland Directors Award.

Professor Lorne Crerar, Chairman of Highlands and Islands Enterprise, said: “It’s been another exceptional year for the business leaders of the Highlands and Islands, with top awards for five of our region’s directors. Global Energy Group’s Roy MacGregor takes the prestigious Scotland Director of the Year and I was delighted to present the regional award to Caroline Campbell, director at the Ironworks Venue in Inverness. 

”Every one of these awards highlights the value of leadership to business and it is particularly encouraging to see Becky Small from Fortrose Academy leading the way for our next generation of young leaders.”

The event was hosted by TV and radio broadcaster Kaye Adams and a keynote address provided by Ian Marchant, Chief Executive of Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE).

Due to an incredibly high standard of entries this year, the judges made the decision to split the award for the Director of the Year into two based on turnover for the first time ever to acknowledge and reward directors from across the wide spectrum of business activity in Scotland, while reflecting the differences in leading organisations of varying sizes.

David Watt continued: “The IoD Director of the Year Awards has again recognised the outstanding contribution made by many of our business leaders, including Roy MacGregor OBE and Caroline Campbell in the Highlands and Islands area.

“The awards continue to go from strength to strength – as illustrated in the high quality of award winners.  Despite the economy continuing to throw up challenges to businesses, this year’s nominations reflected the superb achievements of Scotland’s directors and leaders and demonstrated real evidence of growth, profitability, outstanding business practices and real leadership – qualities the IoD applauds.”

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