Our Commandant, Colonel Leona Barr-Jones, , has been shortlisted for the finals of the 2019 IoD Director of the Year Awards after her recent success of winning the IoD East Inclusive Director of the Year Award 2019 held at The Jockey Club, Newmarket. The Winners will be announced at an Awards Ceremony in London on 18 October 2019.

30 August 2019

“I am passionate about Diversity and Inclusion and hope to effect change and encourage Directors and Leaders to understand the benefits of adopting a more inclusive leadership style.

  • Diverse Teams perform better, they improve stakeholder engagement and are recruitment and retention positive.
  • Inclusive Leadership enhances trust, improves cohesion and maximises team performance.
  • A culture of diversity and inclusion in any organisation makes individuals more willing to give of themselves in order to work towards common goals.

It is a huge honour to be recognised by an organisation such as the IoD for all of my work within the Army and in business.”

said: Colonel Leona Barr-Jones about the IoD Awards.

The finalists were chosen from the hundreds of directors that entered into one of the 11 heats across the UK, in 14 different categories.

The expert judging panel will now convene to decide the overall winners to be announced at the awards ceremony on Friday 18 October 2019 at The Brewery.

Charlotte Valeur, Chair of the Institute of Directors, said:

“In this time of great change for business and society, enterprising and responsible leadership has never been more important. These are the qualities that Director of the Year Award finalists embody, and it is a privilege to be able to give these individuals the recognition they deserve. Congratulations to all of those who have made it to this stage, you provide us with confidence in the ongoing strength of the UK’s director community.”

Visit for a full list of finalists and details on how to attend the event.

Attended by business leaders, entrepreneurs, government and media representatives, the awards ceremony is a unique opportunity to network, exchange ideas and celebrate with some of the very ‘best of the best’ in British business.