Josiah Lockhart nominated for IoD award

The Institute of Directors Scotland revealed finalists for top business leader awards.

The Institute of Directors (IoD) Scotland has revealed the shortlist for its 2021 Director of the Year Awards. Over 140 entries were received from leaders across Scotland, with 47 directors shortlisted across 12 key categories and seven regional categories.

The awards, headline sponsored by Badenoch + Clark, celebrate individuals’ business accomplishments in 2021 and the winners will be crowned at a live online ceremony on 9 December.

The awards will pay tribute to the focus and drive of leaders over the last 12 months, at a time where strong leadership has been vital to ensuring the successful economic and social recovery of Scotland. To honour this, the IoD has introduced a new award for 2021; The Agility and Resilience Director of the Year. This title will be awarded to the leader whose efforts to tackle the continuous challenges of 2020 went ‘above and beyond’. Those shortlisted in this category include Shelley Booth, Director of Shelley Booth. The Feel Look Be Formula and Lesslie Young, CEO of Epilepsy Scotland.

Portrait of Josiah Lockhart- Chief Exec
Josiah Lockhart, Group CEO, Firstport. Image Copyright Chris Watt.

Firstport’s Group CEO, Josiah Lockhart, has been nominated in the SCVO Director of the Year – Third Sector category alongside Alastair Davis, Social Investment Scotland; James Gillespie, Kibble; and Jane-Claire Judson, Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland.

As we emerge from the pandemic, many organisations are re-evaluating and refocusing their objectives, which is a process that heavily relies on the insight and leadership of directors. During the most challenging times the truly inspirational leaders shine through even more brightly among their peers, and our Director of the Year Awards are a way to celebrate that talent and strength of Scottish business leaders.

We were keen to acknowledge the work of directors in steering their organisations through the pandemic with our ‘Agility and Resilience’ award. Some leaders have shown outstanding strength and determination during these tumultuous times, and I’m so proud to be able to celebrate and recognise every one of their efforts later in the year at our ceremony to announce the winners.

Louise Macdonald OBE, National Director of the Institute of Directors in Scotland

The full list of categories and nominees is available on the IoD website.