Julian Cruttenden Named as Finalist in IoD Director of the Year Awards

rdare-based Julian Cruttenden has been shortlisted in the IoD Wales Director of the Year Awards 2017, which honour many of Wales’ most influential and motivational business leaders.

Over 35 directors have been shortlisted across the award’s ten categories, which include three new categories this year –  Finance Director of the Year, Director in Human Resources and Director in a Start-Up Business.

Julian, Director of Sales for Welsh Hills Bakery, has been shortlisted in the Family Business category. Julian said: “It’s a real privilege to be recognised in such a prestigious award. I’ve been with Welsh Hills Bakery for nearly two years and have seen how the company has grown during that short space of time. There is a real focus on growth, particularly export, and I’m thrilled to be leading the way and securing contracts across the globe. I’m currently in discussions with Japan and China and am confident we will begin exporting our Lovemore Free From cakes, biscuits, cookies and tarts later in the year.”

Finalists represent a range of businesses from all parts of the country and will now attend the awards final ceremony on Friday, May 19, to celebrate their achievements.

Julian is up against other finalists Bradley Cummings from Tiny Rebel Brewery, Chris Macnamara from The Brogue Trader and Miriam Warner from Miracle Workers Agency in the same category.


The awards, now in their seventh year, have become an established highlight on the Welsh business calendar and celebrate business achievements and inspirational leaders across Wales while bringing all sectors of the business community together, irrespective of size, geography and longevity.


Winners from the Welsh regional awards – which are once again sponsored by Cardiff Business School – are forwarded for the IoD National awards which culminate in an Awards Lunch in London in the autumn.


Last year, Welsh winners Elin Wyn, business lecturer and Chair of Chapter; Peter Thomas, MD of Contract Services Group; Jeff Farrar, Chief Constable of Gwent Police and David Gray, Managing Director of TB Davies ladders specialists, represented Wales at the UK finals.


Robert Lloyd Griffiths, Director of Institute of Directors in Wales said: “The profile of these awards continues to exceed expectations as they attract entries from the very best in Wales.  

“There are thousands of businesses across Wales with good stories to tell and which are making a positive impact in their communities and to the wider Wales economy and this year’s shortlist certainly reflects this. Well done to all finalists and thank you to all who entered – competition was more rigorous than ever again this year. The number and quality of entries excel year on year and we are very much looking forward to the event and look forward to seeing you there.


“My thanks go to our principal sponsor – Cardiff Business School and to all our category sponsors.”


Professor Martin Kitchener, Dean of Cardiff Business School said: “As a School, we are proud to participate in this annual celebration of excellence.

“Each year, I am inspired by the innovation, creativity and ambition of the nominees and eagerly await the awards lunch to recognise the achievements and successes of Welsh businesses.


“Since becoming Dean of Cardiff Business School in October 2012, I have worked to enable and extend our contribution to the local economy, to our students, to the creation and development of knowledge, and to society as a whole.


“Our economic contribution is well documented, with recent analysis showing that we contribute over £200million to the local economy. Our teaching excellence has been recognised with a top 100 placement in the 2016-2017 Times Higher Education (THE) World University rankings, and our research output ranked 6th (out of 101 business schools) in the UK.


“We educate almost 3,000 students annually and produce work-ready, diligent and creative graduates who think differently and strive to provoke positive change to business practice and society. This is in line with our distinctive and progressive Public Value strategy, which focuses on promoting economic and social improvement through our teaching, research and governance.”


ITV Wales is media partner for the prestigious event and Effective Communication is PR partner.

Huw Rossiter, Public Affairs Manager at ITV Cymru Wales said:  "ITV Cymru Wales is delighted to once again be media partner to the IoD Director of the Year Awards. Business coverage is an important part of our news mix and we look forward to another successful event celebrating the very best in Welsh business."

There is no shortlist for the Talent & Innovation Award, which is sponsored by ACCA Cymru Wales and awarded at the discretion of the judging panel and sponsor, who announce a winner at the ceremony. 

The annual Director’s Award and Chairman’s Award will also be announced on the day.


Winners of all the categories will be announced at the Awards Lunch on Friday 19th May at The SSE SWALEC in Cardiff.  A booking form for the lunch is available on the IoD website or you can email tracy@marshmarketing.co.uk.


IoD Wales Director of the Year Finalists 2017:


Director of the Year  – Corporate Responsibility – sponsored by Welsh Government


Patrick Nash                                           Connect Assist                             (Nantgarw, Cardiff)


Stephen Jones                                         SANS Institute                           (Swansea)


Marcia Sinfield                                        Tai Calon Housing                      (Blaina)



Director in a Family Business – Sponsored by Retail Merchandising Services Ltd


Julian Cruttenden                                                Welsh Hills Bakery Ltd                (Hirwaun, Aberdare)


Bradley Cummings                                  Tiny Rebel Brewery                     (Rogerstone, NP)


Chris Macnamara                                     The Brogue Trader,                     (Cardiff)


Miriam Warner                                       Miracle Workers Agency               (Abergavenny)



Finance Director of the Year


Steven Ades                                           Aerfin Ltd                                  (Bedwas, Caerphilly)


Andrew Gibbs                                         Bridgend College                                    (Bridgend)



Mark Burn                                             Henry Howard Finance PLC          (Langstone, Newport)



Director of the Year – Human Resources – sponsored by Acorn Executive Search



Maxine Wiseman                                                Trivallis                                                (Pontypridd)


Corinna Lloyd-Jones                                Menter a Busnes                          (Aberystwyth)


Gaynor Morris-Davies                              Pobl Group                                (Newport)


Donna Howells                                       United Welsh                             (Caerphilly) 



Director of the Year – Medium/Large Business



Tony Barry                                            Brakel Airvent                            (Cardiff)


Scott Liddle                                           Acorn Recruitment                       (Newport)


Peter Thomas                                         Contract Services Group               (Port Talbot)





Director of the Year – Public Sector – sponsored by Academi Wales


Debra Barber                                           Cardiff Airport                             (Vale of Glamorgan)


Gareth Chapman                                      Merthyr Tydfil County Borough    (Merthyr)


Mark Jones                                             Gower College                            (Swansea)



Director of the Year – Small Business – Sponsored by Darwin Gray


James Smith                               DevOpGuys,                                           (Cardiff)


Liam Giles                                 Spindogs                                               (Cardiff)


Steve Jones                                Comparison Creator                                 (Cwmbran)


Craig Palfrey                               Penguin Wealth LLP                               (Cardiff )


Gareth Williams                          Tiny Rebel                                             (Newport)



Director of the Year – Social Enterprise – sponsored by Legal & General


Matthew Cole                             Gofal Enterprises Limited                          (Bridgend)


Liz Andrews                               Cancer Research Wales                             (Cardiff)


Caroline Phipps                          Drugaid Cymru,                                      (Newport)



Director of the Year – Start-Up – sponsored by Airvent


Anita Davies                               Knotweed Support                                   (Llanelli)


Danni Watts-Jones                       DWJ Wealth Management Ltd                   (Baglan, NPT)


Glyn Jenkins                              Bastleford Engineering and Consultancy      (Pembrokeshire)



Young Director of the Year – Sponsored by Tidal Lagoon


Rob Dance                                 RockIT Ltd                                            (Pencoed, Bridgend)


Emma Hill                                 Pembrokeshire Falconry LTD                    (Llandissilio)


Anthony Bullick                         Outwrite PR                                           (Mold)


Richard Howells                          JCP Solicitors                                        (Swansea)

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