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Food and drink industry leaders named as finalists for top accolade

Business leaders representing Northern Ireland’s food and drink sector have been named by the Institute of Directors (IoD) as finalists for the 2021 Director of the Year Awards.

Two directors at Mount Charles Group have been shortlisted – Gavin Annon in the Family Business category and Rorie McBride in the Innovation category. Ursula Lavery of Moy Park has also been named as an Innovation category finalist.

Winners of the prestigious awards, sponsored by AIB, will be announced during a ceremony at The Merchant Hotel, Belfast, on Thursday, December 2.

Gordon Milligan, Chairman, IoD NI, commented: “Each year we look forward to the Director of the Year Awards and the opportunity to recognise and celebrate Northern Ireland’s most dynamic and successful business leaders from across all industries and sectors.

“As we look ahead to post-pandemic economic recovery, it is wonderful to see so many high-calibre finalists who are making a real and positive contribution towards Northern Ireland’s growth and development named on the 2021 shortlist.

“These pragmatic and forward-thinking directors demonstrated admirable organisational leadership throughout a sometimes daunting and uncertain situation, and they should all be immensely proud of what they have achieved.

“Huge congratulations go to all those who have made the shortlist and best wishes to everyone for the final.”

The recipients of the prestigious award for Philanthropist of the Year – sponsored by Community Foundation Northern Ireland, along with the Chairman’s Award for Excellence in Director and Board Practice, sponsored by AIB, will also be revealed during the ceremony.

Orla McGerr, Head of Direct, NI, AIB, added: “This year’s shortlist makes for a very impressive read, and all of the 2021 award finalists should be very proud.

“Northern Ireland’s business leaders have exhibited remarkable resilience and experienced notable successes despite the current economic climate.

“This commitment to promoting better business and economic growth should be recognised, and the Director of the Year Awards provide us with the opportunity to do just that.

“I would like to extend my congratulations to all those named on this year’s shortlist and look forward to celebrating our outstanding directors making an impact on a local, national and global level.”

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