Two local winners at IOD director awards

Gareth Loye, director of M&M Contractors and Mascott Construction receiving his award from Karan Bawa, operations director, IoD, left, and Joe Lynam, BBC broadcaster
Gareth McKeown

TWO Northern Ireland business leaders were among the big winners at the Institute of Directors (IoD) Director of the Year Awards.

Chief executive of Moy Park, Janet McCollum was named Large Company Director of the Year, while Gareth Loye, director of M&M Contractors and Mascott Construction picked up the Family Business Director of the Year accolade at the gala award ceremony in London.

Janet McCollum was also highly commended in the overall Director of the Year category and others from the north to be highly commended included Belfast City Council CEO, Suzanne Wylie, Norah Anne Baron of Pi Communications and Owen Judge from Queen's University

The Moy Park director said she was delighted to receive the sought after prize.

"I am honoured to be recognised with this prestigious award. A key driver of Moy Park's success is the continued dedication, support and hard work of our people and it is a privilege to lead such a talented team and innovative business."

Gareth Loye, who took over as chief executive of the family firm M&M Contractors in 2011, said winning the award was a proud moment.

“To lead any firm is a tremendous privilege, and even more so when it is the family company. The challenges in the construction industry over recent years have been well documented so it is with some pride to have won this accolade which is a recognition of our continued growth in a tremendously difficult marketplace."

IOD NI national director Kirsty McManus passed on her congratulations to the winners.

“Local business leaders have enjoyed tremendous success at the national IoD Director of the Year Awards over recent years and this year has been no different."

“As an organisation, we work to improve management standards across the economy and these accolades, alongside those who were highly commended, are a demonstration of the successful outcomes of those efforts.”

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