Press release

Engineer awarded top Institute of Directors’ Award

30 November 2016

A Chartered Engineer has beaten competition from business directors across the UK to become the Institute of Directors’ (IoD) New Chartered Director of the Year 2016. 

Paul Bennett, who is the Executive Chairman of UK Commercial Energy Efficiency Consultancy b:ssec, and a member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, became a Chartered Director after 12 months’ of study.

He set up b:ssec in 2005, having identified the growing market for low carbon, low energy buildings and the business quickly grew as demand increased for low carbon designs and property audits.  The speed of the expansion eventually encouraged him to look for ways to broaden his skills base, particularly in areas such as sales and marketing.

The New Chartered Director of the Year award recognises excellence of achievement across the IoD’s Certificate and Diploma in Company Direction examinations, and in the final assessment for Chartered Director.

Talking about winning the award, Paul said: “I was honoured to have received the IoD New Chartered Director of the Year Award 2016.  Just becoming a Chartered Director was a challenge in itself, in terms of time and effort, but to have out-performed every other one of the 2016 cohort of Chartered members is a great result.  I am particularly humbled to have competed against the best in the business world and come out on top.  My fellow delegates included global multi-billion pound business leaders and professionals within oil, finance, accountancy, property, public and the voluntary sector.

“I think being a Chartered Engineer definitely helped. I owe a lot to my engineering background, which stems from my time as an apprentice electrician to where I am now.  However, I strongly believe engineers should also invest in developing their wider business skills.  We are naturally logical, structured, innovative and precise.  To be business leaders, we also need proficiency in areas such as finance, governance, strategy and leadership.”

Chartered Director was initiated more than 10 years ago and aims to equip directors with the all-round skills, knowledge and understanding required to successfully direct an organisation from a strategic perspective.  Since its inception, thousands of directors worldwide have undertaken the training courses and sat the examinations.  In the UK, around 4,000 course places were filled in 2014 alone, and there are now around 1,000 qualified Chartered Directors globally.  

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