Event Photographer Diary: 2019 Awards

director of the year awards 2019 winners
Director of the year 2019 awards

The National Director Of The Year Awards 2019 is the highlight of the Institute of Directors’ event calendar. I can share with you some of the highlights as official event photographer for the evening.

Brewery London event venue
The Brewery London, with Jaguar Cars as the Sponsor

This year the venue for the awards was the Brewery in London. The Brewery provides a unique location in the heart of the City. A stylish blend of historic and modern gave the perfect backdrop to this prestigious event.

The Brewery itself was decked out with the sponsor graphics to make the whole venue feel extra special.

The outside area and lobby were all carefully decorated. Guests were led to the Porter Tun event room. This very large space was beautifully set out with great attention to detail.

the porter tun
event place settings
Each guest had a personalised place setting at their table
the award trophy
The Trophy (winners name covered)
jaguar cars sponsor of the event
Jaguar Cars were sponsoring the Awards Ceremony

Maybe in years past the event photographer was the only one who really captured the sting memories of the day. With mobiles at the ready every aspect is recorded by someone! My job as event photographer is to get great images of everything, and add a touch of creativity too!

event photographer
Everyone is an event photographer!
Sir Trevor McDonald
Sir Trevor McDonald Arrives!

Event Photographer Double Act

As with previous events my beautiful wife was my assistant and worked the areas downstairs when I was up (and vice versa).

photographer assistant - mrs nutkins
Even snapshots have sponsor graphics in 😀

Two photographers also means that some ‘Behind The Scenes’ images can be captured!

chat trevor mcdonald
Behind The Scenes: Chatting with Sir Trevor
light test
Posing for a light test beside the press wall

When Karen was not taking photos she was uploading images into the LIVE gallery for guests to download and share. Find out more about the event photography services we offer.

Going That Extra Mile

If you have met me you will know that I like to go that extra step to get the most creative image. Seeing a large puddle as we were waiting for guests to arrive, I decided to be creative.

In my mind I could grab a shot of one of the Jaguar cars and make it look as if it was standing on top of water. My efforts did not quite work as the puddle was below a rise in the cobble stones. Still, “A” for effort!

event photographer in a puddle
Yes, I did get wet!
jaguar car not in a puddle
The Jaguar not in a puddle
jaguar cars event sponsor
Guests arriving
Charlotte Valeur
Charlotte Valeur, Chair of the IoD
podium trevor mcdonald
Special Guest Sir Trevor McDonald

Award Winners

Category  Winner 
Inclusivity  Leona Barr-Jones, COO, Focus7 International 
Start-Up  Tom Hacquoil, CEO, Pinpoint
Corporate Social Responsibility  Dara McCarthy, Director, RMF Construction Services
Innovation  Dr Arnab Basu MBE, CEO, Kromek Group
Student  Sarah McAnallen, CEO and Co-Founder, McAnallen Ltd
Non-Exec Lesley Cowley, Chair, DVLA / Companies House
SME  Charmaine Vincent, CEO, Baltimore Consulting 
Large Business Robin Watson, Chief Executive, Wood 
Chartered Director  Margot Cronin, Non-Executive Director, HSBC Life, Tesco Underwriting, Prudential International, Nazareth Care
International  Guy Schanschieff, Founder and Manging Director, Bambino Mio 
Third Sector  Jonathan Spiers, Chief Executive, Autistica 
Public Sector Pauline Howie OBE, Chief Executive, Scottish Ambulance Service (not able to attend but Scotland National Director collecting on her behalf)
Family Business Lesley Wild, Chair of the Board, Bettys & Taylors of Harrogate
Young Director  Oliver North, Managing Director, O&H Vehicle Technology 
Dr Neville Bain  Linda Pollard, Chair, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
winners speech
Award Winner photo
Highly Commended Directors
fun event photographer
the band
After the Awards it was time to boogie
director of the year awards 2019 winners
Final Winners Group Photo

You can see all of the images by visiting the gallery of the event.

The awards – with sponsors including Jaguar, Bamboo, Corporate Traveller, Hastee, Iosh and TISE – brought together finalists from regional heats across the UK.

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