Pertemps’ Chair and Managing Director, Carmen Watson, has been named by The Institute of Directors as Director of the Year in the West Midlands.
The IoD Awards seek to recognise and laud the incredible achievements of directors in organisations of all shapes and sizes in a variety of categories, representing the core areas of business.
Carmen was named as Director of the Year in the Inclusivity category at the regional awards breakfast ceremony, held at Edgbaston Stadium in Birmingham, namely for her commitment and hard work in championing equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
In a double-whammy surprise, Carmen was named as the overall Director of the Year winner in the West Midlands; making her an exemplary figure in the region. This means she is automatically put through to the national finals later this year.
Carmen said: “I am incredibly humbled and overwhelmed to receive these awards and must give praise and credit to all those within the organisation who have helped and supported our diversity and inclusion initiatives over many, many years - I receive these awards on behalf of them too!
“The amount of talented people who entered the awards is incredible, so I am truly honoured that the judges chose me to go through to the national finals being held on 18th October. I look forward to working with the IoD in the future to encourage more people to enter for such prestigious awards to celebrate their successes.”
The Pertemps Main Board Director has been with the business since the 1970s, rising through the ranks after joining the company as a Secretary. Carmen joined the Board of Directors aged 30 and has always been a staunch advocate of equality and diversity, wholeheartedly believing that everyone should have equal opportunity to shine and progress. The judges were impressed by her active Board member status with Race for Opportunity and her commitment to helping BAME communities into employment.
All entries were scrutinised by a prestigious panel of Midlands-based judges from a variety of businesses across the region, including Ian Graves, winner of the Director of the Year Award 2017.
IoD Regional Chair, Dr Jason Wouhra, said: “As one of the judges for today’s awards, I can only say how impressed I was by the calibre of all the nominees. What has been marvellous to see is how our finalists reflect more than ever the diverse community we operate in. Businesses work best when they reflect the communities they serve and our awards today highlight just how much the West Midlands is leading the way in transforming the make-up of our boardrooms.
“It is a pleasure to reward the hard work of others – but today’s awards do more than that. They confirm for me the leadership talent that exists in this region and highlight that, no matter how challenging the economic outlook may be, here in the West Midlands we have directors who are capable of delivering business success and economic growth, for the benefit of the whole community.”
The finals of the Director of the Year Awards, held at The Royal Horticultural Halls in London on 18 October, attract some of Britain’s top business talent and recognises exceptional leadership and good governance. Carmen, along with the other regional winners, will meet there to find out who the IoD name as the UK’s Director of the Year 2018. Good luck Carmen!