ROBIN Watson, chief executive of Aberdeen-based oil services company Wood Group, has been named winner of the large business director category at the Institute of Directors’ UK awards final.

Pauline Howie, of the Scottish Ambulance Service, won the IoD UK public sector director of the year accolade.

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The judging panel said: “Robin Watson has demonstrated strong stakeholder relationships along with the high level of trust and confidence placed in the organisation. Robin has a strong vision to drive and succeed ensuring all stakeholders are involved and on board. He has implemented a diversified board with strong leadership.”

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Noting Ms Howie led a “critical national service”, the panel added: “Pauline is professional, ethical and fiercely independent in her approach to strengthening her own and others’ skills, enabling space to push the agenda outside of what is capable within her sphere.”

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Malcolm Cannon, national director of the Institute of Directors Scotland, said: “There is no doubt that the future will bring more obstacles for businesses and their leaders to overcome. However, it is inspiring to see the efforts made by Pauline and Robin be recognised…Having a clear integral.”