North-east business leaders for UK Director Awards


Some of Scotland’s top executives have been shortlisted for this year’s IoD Director of the Year Awards, to be held in London in October.

Among them are two Aberdeen business leaders – Peter Bruce CEO of Entiér and Robin Watson CEO of Wood Group PSN.

All six were successful at the 10th Anniversary IoD Scotland Director of the Year Awards, and now go on to the UK awards.

Directors from Scotland on the UK Director of the Year Awards shortlist are:

  • Jane Wright, Chief Executive of Law at Work (Category: Director of the Year  - Small to Medium sized Company)
  • Dr Howard Dryden, Chairman and Founder of Dryden Aqua Ltd (Category: Director of the Year  - Small to Medium sized Company)
  • Peter Bruce, CEO of Entiér Limited (Category: Mid-market  Director of the Year)
  • Mark Logan, CEO of Skyscanner (Category: Mid-market  Director of the Year)
  • Robin Watson, CEO of Wood Group PSN (Category: Director of the Year  - Global Company)
  • Martin Dorchester, MD of CalMac Ferries (Category: Director of the Year – Large Company)

The Scottish Awards were held in Glasgow in March, and attracted a record number of entries, with the winners displaying the best performance not only in core business areas of solid results, accelerated growth and global influence, but also in flexible working, ethics and sustainability.

David Watt, Executive Director of IoD Scotland, commented: “The Scottish competition was fierce this year in what turned out to be a tightly fought race in every category. So, we are delighted that the very best of Scotland’s business leaders have gone on to be shortlisted in the UK Awards. Congratulations and best of luck to them all in October.”



Commenting on the Aberdeen business candidates, Mike Bowyer, chairman of IoD Aberdeen, said:

“It is good to see two Aberdeen business leaders in the IoD UK Director of the Year awards. Our members are no strangers to success in these awards. In 2012, Alfie Cheyne, chief executive of ACE Winches won the IoD Global Director of the Year award.

“The success of our members in these awards underlines the calibre of the business leaders who have driven the Aberdeen area to become one of the UK’s strongest regional economies.”



If any of the Scottish executives win their individual categories, they will also have a shot at the overall UK Director of the Year Award, the shortlist for which is made up of the category winners.
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