Stewart McNicholl is named as North East young director of the year

Asbestos consultancy boss takes award at the Institute of Directors' North East dinner held last week

The managing director of an independent asbestos compliance consultancy has been named as the region’s leading young director.

The Institute of Directors North East enlisted the expertise of business advisory firm Deloitte to conduct research to identify young directors who are contributing significantly to the economic well-being of the region.

From eight nominees, Stewart McNicholl of Cramlington-based AMS Asbestos Management Services Ltd was named the winner.

Mr McNicholl’s contribution to the company’s success has been to build a great senior team, innovate and integrate new business systems to improve efficiencies, quality and delivery, keep the company ahead of its competitors, win new business and ensure the staff are engaged, developed and aligned with his mission.

He was crowned the North East Young Director of the Year at the IoD North East Business Leaders’ Dinner, which was attended by hundreds of guests, who were address by keynote speaker Defence Secretary Michael Fallon.

Graham Robb, IoD North East Chairman, said: “Stewart McNicholl was selected because he totally epitomises what the North East Young Director is all about – an outstanding dynamic and successful entrepreneur whose company is having a significant positive impact on the economic fabric of the region.”

In his speech at the dinner, Mr Robb highlighted the growth in private business in the North East from 633 businesses per 10,000 of population to well above 700.

He said: “We want the ‘Enterprise Agenda’ to be foremost in the minds of policy makers and opinion formers as the most important way of generating and sustaining economic opportunities for the North East.

“Lots of these new businesses are one-man bands; but many in this room started that way. My own business started in my bedroom, now we employ quite a few people and have a significant turnover.”

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