Trio of Sheffield and Doncaster directors in line for awards

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Three business leaders have been shortlisted for prestigious regional awards.

Nik Pratap, partner at Brewster Pratap Recruitment Group in Doncaster, Keith Jackson, managing director of JRI Orthopaedics in Sheffield, and Julia Gash, founder of Bag It Don’t Bin It Ltd in Sheffield are all up for gongs at the The Institute of Directors’ (IoD) Director of the Year Awards.

Recruitment firm boss Mr Pratap is up for the Young Director award, Mr Jackson is nominated in the SME Director of the Year and International Director of the Year categories and Ms Gash is also up for International Director of the Year.

The shortlisted individuals run a range of organisations, from confectionery to orthopaedics. Herwig Vennekens, managing director of Haribo UK, is shortlisted for three awards. There is also representation from the public sector in the shape of Leeds City Council’s Martin Farrington and Keith Rowley of the NHS.

The trophies will be awarded at the Hilton Sheffield Hotel in Victoria Quays on June 11.

The winners will go forward to the national IoD Director of the Year awards.

Humber businessman Richard Tuplin, sales and operations director of Jelf Insurance Partnership, chaired the judging panel, and said: “This is a very strong shortlist and it was a tough job for the judges to choose from a high standard of nominations.”

Sponsors of this year’s awards event are Deloitte, GDF Suez Energy UK, Leeds Beckett University, Hilton Sheffield, Vista, Sheffield Hallam University, NGC Networks and UK Trade & investment (UKTI).