Bryson director among finalists for top award

More disadvantaged students than before
More disadvantaged students than before

A Glengormley man is one of nine business leaders from Northern Ireland who has been selected by the Institute of Directors to represent the province in the celebrated UK finals of the Director of the Year Awards in London.

Chartered director and company secretary Brendan Mullan, of Bryson Charitable Group, has already won the Non-Executive Director of the Year category at the IoD NI Director of the Year Awards, sponsored by insurance brokers, Abbey Bond Lovis.

The judges rated Mr Mullan, as a “highly professional and knowledgeable director who represented the highest standards of corporate conduct and values”.

The Belfast-based Bryson Charitable Group provides care to 400,000 people in need in Northern Ireland so that they can enjoy a better quality of life.

According to the IoD, with Mr Mullan’s professional guidance, Bryson Charitable Group has transformed a traditional charity into one of the UK’s leading social enterprises.

Brendan Mullan has been shortlisted for the Mid-Market Company Director of the Year category along with fellow Northern Ireland finalist businesswoman, Tracy Hamilton, from Mash Direct and a further seven candidates,

IoD NI chairman, Paul Terrington, congratulated each of the finalists saying: “It’s a delight to see so many inspiring business leaders, who represent such a vast range of local industries and sectors, shortlisted for the UK finals of the Director of the Year Awards.

“The number of local directors shortlisted for these awards is almost double that of last year, which is hugely encouraging in that more and more of our home-grown, local directors are of high enough calibre to rival their counterparts across the water.

“I wish each and every one of the shortlisted candidates success at the ceremony in October.”

Broadcaster and former Conservative politician Michael Portillo will host the awards on October 24 at the Lancaster London Hotel.

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