Lincolnshire business leaders shortlisted in IoD Midlands Director of the Year Awards 2020

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The Institute of Directors (IoD) has revealed the names of the business leaders shortlisted for its 2020 Midlands Director of the Year Awards.

The finalists are drawn from across the East and West Midlands and represent the full spectrum and diversity of business and industry, from young entrepreneurs to experienced public and private sector leaders.

This is the first time that the IoD East and West Midlands regions have joined forces for the prestigious awards, and the winners will be revealed at a virtual awards ceremony, streamed live at 5pm on 12 November.

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The Lincolnshire finalists are:

  • Samantha Burton, Make an Entrance
  • Naomi Watkins-Ligudzinska, NW Counselling Hub CIC
  • Bill Skelly, Lincolnshire Police
  • James Pinchbeck, Lincoln College Group and Streets Chartered Accountants
  • Ruchi Aggarwal, Lincoln International Business School

Partner with Streets Chartered Accountants, James, said:

“It is a tremendous personal accolade to be a finalist in the Midlands Institute of Directors ‘Director of the Year Awards’.”

“These awards recognise the contributions and achievements of those engaged in senior leadership and good governance.

“I am delighted and honoured to be shortlisted as a finalist in the Non-Executive, Public and Third Sector categories for my roles with Lincoln College Group, NVB Enterprise Solutions, along with my wider engagement with the business community but also my day job as a Partner with Streets Chartered Accountants.”

Director of Business Development at Lincoln International Business School, Ruchi Aggarwal said: “To be a finalist, then a finalist with the IOD; add to it a high performance region like the Midlands – and top it off with the huge innovation and resilience stories that have come from this region; it is truly an honour to be recognised on this platform.

“It represents the hard work of the teams that collaborated and the encouragement offered by the Lincoln international Business School which I belong to.”

CEO, Co-Founder & Owner at NW Counselling Hub Naomi Watkins-Ligudzinska said:

“I am really honoured to have been shortlisted, there are many other great people in the shortlist so it’s great to be alongside them.”

“I’m also really happy to be recognised as a female CEO (Chief Executive Officer) in the Third Sector, which is really great for NWCH (Naomi Watkins Counselling Hub).”

Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire

  • Laura Claire Smith, Autistic Nottingham
  • Grant & Stacey Green, Freedom Foundation CIC
  • Claire-Marie Cuthbert, The Evolve Trust
  • Mark Smith, Royal Life Saving Society UK
  • Karl Spencer, Safety PAL (PAL Software)
  • Sam Hallett, Enable Life & Enable Future
  • Helen Wathall, Wathall’s


  • Emma Hallam, Alex’s Wish
  • Ian McKellar, Kudos Technology
  • Mark Platt, Incite Consulting Services
  • Mark Robinson and Andy Rudkin, Creative 62
  • Paul Bonnett, Danaher & Walsh Group
  • Mark Eydman, IO Controls Limited
  • Stephen Dean, Alex’s Wish
  • Parvez Bhatty, Leicester Children’s Holidays
  • Chris Clay, Escalate Law
  • John Fennell, Rotherwood Healthcare
  • Mark Esho, Easy Internet Services, Easy Internet Solutions, DREME Ltd and Access Rating CIC


  • Daniel Evans, Birmingham Enterprise Community CIC
  • Sonu Bubna,
  • Tracey Paxton, The Employee Resilience Company
  • Jamil Shabir, Bootcamp Media
  • Ian Walters, SLC Rail
  • Geoff Cousins, G&P Group Holdings
  • Kevin Watson, Amadeus
  • Toby Porter, Acorns Children’s Hospice
  • Roger Dix, Wesleyan
  • Paul Wood, Woodhshires Business Solutions
  • Kevin Watson, Amadeus
  • Ian Vickers, Managed Enterprise Technologies

Coventry & Warwickshire

  • Suleman Sacranie, The GP Service (UK)
  • Amrit Sandhar, The Engagement Coach
  • Peter Jarvis, Contechs

Black Country

  • Mike Gahir, Steps to Work
  • Steven Greenall, Warwick Music Group
  • Jonathan Hemus, Insignia Crisis and Reputation Management
  • Phil Arkinstall, Ark Media Productions

Hereford & Worcester

  • Dale Parmenter, DRPG

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