WOOD Group chief executive Robin Watson, who masterminded the engineering giant’s £2.2 billion takeover of Amec Foster Wheeler, was one of the big winners at the IoD Scotland Director of the Year Awards last night.

Mr Watson, who grew up in Campbeltown, was named director of the year in the large business category at the event, which saw awards given to 20 “outstanding leaders”.

Other winners included Jamie McGowan of Essence of Harris, director of the year for small to medium-size businesses, and Iain Anderson of Glasgow-based GAP Group (family business).

The event, which was held at the Doubletree by Hilton, also saw Lord Willie Haughey receive the chair’s award for his achievements at City Facilities Management Holdings.

David Watt, executive director of IoD, said: “In what has been one of the most challenging and unpredictable political and business environments of modern times, business leaders have been truly tried and tested.

“Tonight’s winners are testament to the tenacity and commitment not only to their organisations, but also their employees, stakeholders and customers.”

Mr Watson was praised by IoD interim director general Anna Daroy for “showing leadership in circumstances which required bold and decisive action”.