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Ian Hacon Chief Executive, Blue Sky Leisure

Director of the Year

Greg Munford

Greg Munford was appointed Chief Executive of Richardson’s in January 2009 three years after joing the company to lead projects and procurement strategy.  From the outset he was the driving force behind the creation of a new five-year vision and strategy to “Expand, Excel and Excite” to grow the business, focussing on being the best in the marketplace and to excite both customers and team members. Under his leadership a decision was taken to focus on the core strengths of the business - family holidays on land or water in Norfolk and on the Broads. Four years on the execution of the strategy is well under way. This has involved tough, but necessary decisions about the structure of the busines, and in particular the head office team. This year Mr Munford became a fellow of the Chartered Management Institute after completing a Level 7 diploma in strategic management and leadership - a sign of his commitment to training and personal development at all levels of the business, including the CEO’s office.

David Haynes

David Haynes joined Wisbech-based Foster Property Maintenance in July 2010 as commercial manager. He was quickly promoted to director when the board saw how valuable an asset he was to the business. His financial and business expertise have been a major contributing factor in seeing unprecedented growth for the firm and he has been a driving force in securing new contracts and retaining existing ones. His personable attitude and non-authoritarian management style have meant a much more focussed direction for the company’s HR policy. When he arrived at the company, there was no structural platform in place for growth and he implemented a ‘faculty’ approach to the business with five faculties. He then went on to secure the appointment of a head for each faculty. He also led on a project to improve the company’s management information and ensured that the business focuses particularly on business development and a better understanding of its brand.

David Horton-Fawkes

David Horton-Fawkes has been estate director at Holkham for four years. Holkham is a complex and diverse mix of privately-owned businesses centred on farming, property, and leisure employing more than 300 people. From 2000, the business, which had previously focussed on farming and property management implemented a rapid programme of diversification into multiple activities. On taking over, his priorty was to consolidate this diversification period and optimise the performance of the businesses, which were viable, confront those which were not viable, and to establish a commitment to quality and then to build a platform for future growth from which to launch new ventures. His strategy established a clear structure, identified and empowered capable managers, and described a common vision and values to unite the company. To get all managers to understand the role of quality in the business, he also flew all the key individuals to the BMW factory in Munich for a day to illustrate why quality and attention to detail mattered.

Strong leadership is a vital ingredient in business success, and this award which is again sponsored by New Anglia aims to showcase the efforts of the county’s best senior managers.

There are exceptional business leaders in Norfolk and this category seeks to join with the business community to applaud their hard-work, creativity and innovation.

Erika Clegg, a New Anglia board member, said: “Norfolk’s businesses are extraordinary.

“You’ll find a small company providing high tech safety
components for oil and gas rigs globally tucked away in an industrial estate near the head office of a famous consumer brand.

“You’ll hear about cutting-edge technology, fabulous tourism experiences and good, family firms with great reputations and generations of loyal staff.

“And it’s the vision, flexibility and dedication of the directors of those companies that keeps them powering on.

“Many of our greatest Norfolk businesses hide their lights under a bushel: but these awards are a chance for us all to celebrate them. Every one of them: not just the award winners.”

Last year New Anglia awarded Rob Tarrant, the Director of the Year Award, who after joining Brandbank when it was a small start-up 12 years ago as finance and IT director, soon graduated into the CEO role, since when the business has really taken off.

The judges will be looking for someone like Mr Tarrant, who has excelled; someone who has brought innovation to their industry, the county of Norfolk or to a significant sector of the community. Judges will be identifying a director who has vision, clarity and the ability to keep their eye on the ball in a challenging economic climate.

The director will have not only accomplished significant profit levels, but will also be someone who is seen as a positive symbol of creativity in the workplace.

 

Award Criteria

The Director of the Year Award reflects New Anglia LEP’s belief that strong leadership is a vital ingredient in business success.

The award aims to recognise the hard work, creativity and innovation of Norfolk’s business leaders, with the judges looking for someone who has not only excelled in the role but someone who has brought innovation to his or her industry, the county of Norfolk or to a significant sector of the community.

Judges will be looking for directors who have vision, clarity and the ability to keep their eye on the ball in a challenging economic climate.

The director will have not only accomplished significant profit levels, but will also be someone who is seen as a positive symbol of creativity in the workplace.