Delight at top award

Left to right: Dan Richards, commercial director, TotallyExec; Stewart McNicholl and host, comedian Miles Jupp.
Left to right: Dan Richards, commercial director, TotallyExec; Stewart McNicholl and host, comedian Miles Jupp.
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A company founder has been named Young Director of the Year.

Stewart McNicholl, founder and managing director at Cramlington-based ASKAMS – who offer health and safety, and environmental compliance services – won the title at the national Institute of Directors (IoD) awards.

The 39-year-old beat off competition from ten other UK-wide directors under the age of 42, securing all 33 judges’ votes.

McNicholl was commended for staff engagement and corporate social responsibility initiatives.

He said: “To receive this award is fantastic, but none of it would have been possible without the hard work and commitment of all ASKAMS’ employees in the UK.”

“Never in a million years did I envisage this happening when I started out, but I’m delighted to be flying the flag for north east business.

“I truly believe in a Northern Powerhouse and ability of the region’s companies to both attract investment and contribute to the UK economy.”

ASKAMS, rebranded in 2015 from AMS Asbestos Management Services, was founded and self-invested by McNicholl in 2006.

Today it employs 55 people throughout offices in Cramlington, Edinburgh, Warrington, Leeds, Bristol, Caerphilly and Redruth, who service high profile contracts in the UK and overseas.

Simon Walker, director general at the Institute of Directors, said: “Great businesses are made by great leaders, and it is fantastic to be able to reward some of the country’s finest companies and most inspiring directors at the Director of The Year Awards.

“As an organisation for business leaders, we know that good governance, and ethical and innovative leadership are the foundations of a successful company.”

To find out more about ASKAMS visit www.askams.co.uk or contact 0800 195 8415.