Lesslie Young

Shortlisted for IOD Director of the Year Awards 2021

We are delighted to announce that our Chief Executive, Lesslie Young, has been shortlisted for The Agility and Resilience Director of the Year award at the IoD Scotland 2021 Director of the Year Awards.

Over 140 entries were received from leaders across Scotland, with 47 directors shortlisted across 12 key categories and seven regional categories.

The Agility and Resilience Director of the Year award is a new category and will recognise the leader whose efforts to tackle the continuous challenges of 2020 went ‘above and beyond’.

Lesslie has led Epilepsy Scotland throughout the pandemic and has overseen the smooth transition of service delivery from face to face to digital, ensuring people continued to receive support from Epilepsy Scotland despite the challenges of COVID-19.

She has also championed the creation of our new SPIFOX Wellbeing Garden, a new accessible multi-use space, which will further increase the ways Epilepsy Scotland can support people affected by epilepsy.


The Institute of Directors Awards

Louise Macdonald OBE, National Director of the Institute of Directors in Scotland, said: “As we emerge from the pandemic, many organisations are re-evaluating and refocusing their objectives, which is a process that heavily relies on the insight and leadership of directors.

During the most challenging times, the truly inspirational leaders shine through even more brightly among their peers, and our Director of the Year Awards are a way to celebrate that talent and strength of Scottish business leaders.

We were keen to acknowledge the work of directors in steering their organisations through the pandemic with our ‘Agility and Resilience’ award.

Some leaders have shown outstanding strength and determination during these tumultuous times, and I’m so proud to be able to celebrate and recognise every one of their efforts later in the year at our ceremony to announce the winners.”

The winners will be announced at an online awards ceremony on 9 December.

The Institute of Directors (IoD) was founded in 1903 and obtained a Royal Charter in 1906. The IoD is a non-party political organisation with members in the United Kingdom and overseas.

Membership includes directors from right across the business spectrum – from media to manufacturing, e-business to the public and voluntary sectors. Members include CEOs of large corporations as well as entrepreneurs and directors of public sector bodies, charities and start-up companies.