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Connect Yorkshire members and Entrepreneurs in Residence were among the business leaders recognised at the Institute of Directors’ (IoD) Yorkshire Director of the Year Awards.

Colin Glass, who co-founded accountancy firm WGN 45 years ago and has been involved in since it was launched in 2008, won the non-executive director award for his work with social enterprise Shine.

Jon Geldart, chair of IoD Yorkshire and North East, said: “Exceptional businesses are only so because of the exceptional people who create, drive and sustain them.

“The Director of the Year Awards celebrates these leaders, often unsung and unrecognised. At a time when our country remains fractured by dysfunctional politics and politicians it is heartening that British business displays leadership where politics does not.”

The Director of the Year awards honour leaders from the public and private sectors along with entrepreneurs of all ages and backgrounds.

The winners now go forward to the national Director of the Year finals, where they will compete against winners from across the UK. The Connect Yorkshire members and Entrepreneurs in Residence who won their respective categories are below:

CSR: James Cain, Harrogate Water Brands

International: Prof Adam Beaumont, AQL

Non-Executive: Colin Glass, Shine

Large Business: Jacqui Hall, CNG

Narrowly missing out, but coming Highly Commended, was Kate Hainsworth, Leeds Community Foundation in the Third Sector category.


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