Family business director of the year for Genesis

A local director has been awarded at the prestigious Institute of Directors (IoD) Director of the Year Awards, held recently in London.

Brian McErlain, Managing Director of Genesis Crafty in Magherafelt, was awarded Family Business Director of the Year.

The awards, which recognise individuals who have displayed the highest standards of leadership in business, public and third sectors, took place in Lancaster London Hotel on October 21.

Brian said: “This is a great accolade for the business and the family, and I thoroughly enjoyed the awards ceremony with the other successful Northern Irish directors.

“I was delighted to take away the Family Business Director of the Year award, particularly against tough competition from throughout the UK. I think the award highlights our outstanding work ethic and dedicated staff in the company.”

Chairman of the IoD in Northern Ireland, Ian Sheppard, said: “The Director of the Year Awards celebrates directors at the forefront of leadership excellence and the number of local directors recognised at the ceremony proves that Northern Ireland continues to produce business men and women of the highest calibre.”

“Local directors have enjoyed considerable success at the national awards in recent years and I would like to congratulate all of those who won, were highly commended and shortlisted in what has been a record for Northern Ireland.”