Darren Crookes, who also won the IoD Mid-Market award, is MD of Acorn Partitions and Storage Systems Ltd, a company he set up in 1997. It is a privately-owned construction and interior fit-out company which now has a £20.5million turnover. In 2015 the company gained Lincolnshire’s Large Business of the Year award.
Lincolnshire directors won three individual category awards, plus the overall winner.
Leicestershire had three category winners, plus a special award and one highly-commended award.
Nottinghamshire had two category winners when Becky Valentine, Chief Operating Officer of Spenbeck, Nottingham and Steve Miller, Managing Director of The Workplace Depot, Bingham shared the Family Business Director award. Nottinghamshire also had one highly-commended award and several student awards in the new category of Tomorrow’s Director.
Derbyshire gained the One to Watch award with 17 year-old Dan Miller, Founding Director of Young Professionals UK .Dan is the IoD’s youngest UK Member. There were three highly-commended awards for Derby too.
Northamptonshire gained one category award with Abhai Rajguru, CFO of DBV Finance Ltd of the Milton Keynes Business Centre, who lives in Northamptonshire, winning the Corporate Governance award. There was also a highly-commended.
(Winners are all listed below).
Introducing the awards, Ron Lynch, IoD East Midlands Regional Director, said: “They recognise excellence on the part of directors in the East Midlands. Those who have done something special and achieved something very significant.”
The winners were revealed at the East Midlands Director of the Year Awards 2016 presentation lunch at Nottingham Conference Centre, Nottingham Trent University. It was hosted by BBC East Midlands presenter Dominic Heale. A range of local businesses supported the awards: Nottingham Trent University, Astute Recruitment, Cartwright King, Lloyds Banking Group, Nottingham Business School, Nelsons, UKTI, Chamber Media Services, Midlands Business Insider.
List of Winners
Mid Market: Darren Crookes, Managing Director of Acorn Partitions and Storage Systems Ltd of Lincoln.
Public/Third Sector :Malcolm Barham, Chief Executive, YMCA Lincolnshire of Lincoln.
SME Small :Cuan Forrest,Managing Director, Ellipse Energy Ltd, Leicester.
Family Business Joint Winners: Becky Valentine, Chief Operating Officer, Spenbeck, Nottingham and Steve Miller, Managing Director, The Workplace Depot, Bingham, Notts.
Corporate Governance: Abhai Rajguru, CFO,DBV Finance Ltd, Milton Keynes Business Centre.
SME Medium:Shahid Sheikh OBE, Managing Director, Clifton Packaging Group Ltd, Leicester.
Non-Executive: Chris Trigg, Managing Director, Crucis Consultants Ltd, Lincoln.
Young Director: Marc Wileman, Director, Sublime Science, Leicester.
SME Small Mark Esho, Managing Director of Easy Internet Services, Leicester.
Non-Execs:Simon Gray, Managing Director of Pembridge Gray Ltd, of Castle Donington, Derbyshire and Adam Harris, Director and Owner, Fresh Mindset (UK) Ltd of Long Eaton, Derbyshire.
Young Director: Ben Guy, Managing Director of Phoenix Group, Nottingham.
Corporate Governance: Tabani Ndlovu, Non-Executive Director,The Enthusiasm Trust, Derby.
Individual Impact Special Award: Emma Hallam, Founder and Director of Alex’s Wish, Rothley, Leicestershire.
One to Watch Award: Dan Miller,Founding Director,Young Professionals UK, Derby.
A new category, the Tomorrow’s Director award was won by Ross Testa, a Nottingham Trent University BA Business Management student from Biddenham, Bedford.
Paul Ralphs, an NTU BA Business Management and Marketing student from Milton Keynes and Shaun Purewal, an NTU Business Management and Marketing student from Mickleover, Derby, were Highly-Commended in this category.