Harper Macleod Chief Executive only legal figure on shortlist at Scotland’s Director of the Year Awards

Martin Darroch, Chief Executive of Harper Macleod, has been shortlisted for this year’s Institute of Directors Scotland ‘Director of the Year Awards’ – the only law firm leader on the lists.

In total 42 directors, described by the organisers as the “crème de la crème of Scotland’s business leaders”, go through to the final stages, to be held at Glasgow’s Crowne Plaza Hotel on 17 March.

Iod Awards 2016

Mr Darroch, a Chartered Accountant by profession who celebrates a decade as Chief Executive of Harper Macleod this year, is shortlisted in the Glasgow & West of Scotland Director of the Year category.

He said: “I’m delighted to be named on the shortlist among such creative and inspirational figures in Scotland’s business community. I think it’s testament to the way Harper Macleod is viewed as a successful, efficient business that we are recognised in awards such as these, and it’s only down to the hard work of everyone at the firm that this is possible.”

Since his appointment as Chief Executive, he has helped drive one of the fastest growing professional services firms in Scotland in terms of both turnover and profit and created an award-winning business at both national and international levels.

Among its awards, Harper Macleod has been named Scottish Law firm of the Year seven times in that period, while along with Chairman Professor Lorne Crerar, Mr Darroch has picked up Managing Partner of the Year five times.

The IoD Scotland Awards shine a light on Scotland’s most successful business Directors, Partners, Chairs, NXDs and entrepreneurs from 2015, leading any size of organisation, firm or social enterprise.

David Watt, Executive Director of the Institute of Directors Scotland, commented: “Quality leadership is the very definition of success within our businesses, civic institutions and third sector organisations, and for the Director of the Year Awards we will celebrate the very best of Scotland’s directors – the inspirers, visionaries, innovators and strategists that make Scottish businesses prosper.”