Visualsoft’s Dean Benson shortlisted for IoD gong

Dean Benson Visualsoft

Visualsoft boss Dean Benson has been shortlisted for another top award.

The Institute of Directors (IoD) has unveiled the shortlist of business leaders who will compete for its prestigious Director of the Year awards.

Benson will fight it out with John Savage from Gateshead-based Flame Heating Spares and Daniel Robson from Green Digit, another Gateshead firm, for the North East Young Director award.

Benson has also been shortlisted in the North East Small Company category and will go up against Adrian Holland from Choice Future Planning, Daniel Robson from Green Digit and Joanne Thompson from Penrillian.

The winners will be revealed at a gala dinner at Leeds Civic Hall, hosted by broadcaster Danni Hewson, on June 30.

They will go forward to the national IoD Director of the Year finals.

The judging panel was chaired by Richard Tuplin, managing director of Hull-based Jelf Insurance Partnership.

He said: “These awards were devised to recognise the very best of the best and, once again, our shortlist is of the highest calibre.

“We’re looking forward to an excellent awards evening, where the region’s top businesses will gather to celebrate and recognise outstanding leadership in the boardroom.”

The full shortlist is:

Yorkshire and the North East

Large Company
Herwig Vennekens, Dunhills (Pontefract) plc
Ibrahim Najafi, R&R Ice Cream

Gillian Southern MBE, Wessington Cryogenics Limited
Joanna Robinson, Mansfield Pollard & Co
Mohamed Aslam MBE, Aagrah Restaurant Group
Paul Teasdale, Premier Technical Services Group PLC

Ibrahim Najafi, R&R Ice Cream
Jon Geldart, Grant Thornton International

Public & Third Sector
Ammar Mirza CBE, Asian Business Connexions CIC Limited
Helen Ball, Barnsley Civic Enterprise Ltd
Joanne Roney OBE, Wakefield Council
Tom Riordan, Leeds City Council

Yorkshire Small Company
Keith Jackson, JRI Orthopaedics
Peter Brook, Oracle Asset Finance Limited
William Bottomley, Lifetime FM
William Sutton, Vista

North East Small Company
Adrian Holland, Choice Future Planning Ltd
Daniel Robson, Green Digit Limited
Dean Benson, Visualsoft
Joanne Thompson, Penrillian

Yorkshire Young Director
Adam Walsh, The Right Fuelcard Company
Craig Benton, The London Deli Co
Euan Craig, Exemplar Healthcare
Sinéad Sopala, Ramsdens Solicitors LLP

North East Young Director
Dean Benson, Visualsoft
John Savage, Flame Heating Spares
Daniel Robson, Green Digit Limited

Non-Executive Director
Peter Wilkinson, Unison Ltd
Qari Asim MBE, Makkah Mosque and DLA Piper UK LLP
Terry Hodgkinson CBE DL, NCFE


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