The Jersey branch of the Institute of Directors (IoD) has launched a search to find the top executive and non-executive directors in Jersey’s private, public and voluntary sectors for the inaugural ‘Director of the Year Awards’. The Awards, which are sponsored by Appleby – one of the largest providers of offshore legal, fiduciary and administrative services – will culminate in nominees and winners being celebrated at a Gala dinner and awards ceremony on Friday 11th June at Hotel de France.

Jersey has a high calibre of individuals in its boardrooms; men and women who lead their companies forward with courage and dynamism in often difficult trading conditions. The IoD is keen to recognise their achievements, whether members or not. These awards will not only focus on individual achievement, but also on the importance of the director’s role in the community and the commitment and expertise contributed to businesses large and small.

The definition of ‘Director’ for the IoD includes anyone that has the responsibilities of a Director but does not carry that specific title e.g. Partner, MD, Chief Executive or President.

The category titles for the Director of the Year Awards 2010 are as follows:
• Emerging Director Award
• Established Director Award
• Female Director Award
• Public/Not for Profit Sector Director Award
• Non-Executive Director Award
• Global Director Award

The Gala dinner and awards ceremony will bring together business leaders for an evening of celebration; offering an excellent opportunity to network with business colleagues and clients and forge new links. A high profile UK business personality has been booked to speak at the awards and details of the speaker and the judging panel will be released in the near future.

IoD Jersey branch President Charles Clarke says: “Jersey is deservedly proud of its business community traditions and, in this current difficult economic climate, we must take time to applaud those individuals whose acumen and flair continue to drive business forward. The need for strong corporate governance and leadership has never been greater and these Awards will play a role in recognising the Directorial excellence we enjoy in Jersey across all types of business.”

Nomination forms, awards criteria and guidelines for entry, will be found on www.iod.com/jersey in the near future. Closing date for nominations is Friday 9th April.Please note: ENTRIES ARE INVITED FROM BOTH IOD MEMBERS AND NON IOD MEMBERS.

Tickets are priced at £75 and the dress code is black tie. To reserve your place at the Gala Dinner, please contact Kirsten Higgins on 610799 or jedirector@localdial.com.

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Notes to Editor:

IoD Jersey has some 650 members from all sectors of the business community, both private and public sectors. The local branch promotes the business sector and strives through lobbying to ensure that political decisions do not stifle local business and free enterprise.

Appleby is one of the largest and most respected providers of sophisticated, specialised offshore legal, fiduciary and administration services. The group strives to provide commercially sound, objective jurisdictional guidance based on in-depth knowledge of the legal and regulatory environments of our key offshore jurisdictions. With over 800 lawyers and professional specialists, the organisation is uniquely positioned in the key offshore jurisdictions of Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Isle of Man, Jersey, Mauritius and the Seychelles as well as the financial centres of London, Hong Kong, Zurich and Bahrain. In January, Appleby also announced plans to open an office in Guernsey in Spring 2010, taking the total number of Appleby offices to twelve.