IoD names Emily Groves Young Director of the Year

29 July 2015

Emily Groves, Managing Director of Indigo Swan, has been named ‘Regional Young Director of the Year’ by the IoD, one of UK’s leading business networks. As part of her triumph, Groves will progress to the national finals, which will be held in October.

Every year the Institute of Directors (IoD), with over 34,500 members across the UK one of Britain’s largest network of executives and managers, organises the ‘Director of the Year Awards’. The IoD holds the awards to celebrate best practice leadership in big corporates, small businesses, the public sector, as well as charities and start-ups. Awards are handed out in eleven categories, with winners recognised as the best in their field by a jury consisting of more than 30 experts from the business, public sector and academia.

Director of the Year Award 2015

In the run up to the national finals, this year held in October at the prestigious Lancaster London Hotel, the IoD unveils regional winners. In the East of England region – comprising of Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire (includes Middlesex and parts of South Bedfordshire), Norfolk and Suffolk – one of the awards went to Emily Groves, founder of Indigo Swan, a Norwich-based energy consultancy. Clients of the firm include Serco, Teddington Studios, The Forum Trust, The Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association, The Royal Horticultural Society, YMCA Norfolk, Broadacres Housing Association and Westward Housing Group.

Groves founded Indigo Swan in January 2010, and since the energy and utilities specialist has expanded to its current team of 13 professionals. Prior to setting up Indigo Swan, Groves served as Development Director at CarbonAqua for two years, and worked as Director of 4Biz Group. “It’s amazing to be recognised for my hard work by the Institute of Directors. Indigo Swan have been lucky enough to win a few industry and business awards over the last five years*, which is great, and to now have one that reflects my personal outlook and approach to being a director is fantastic.”

Emily Groves - IndigoSwan

The founder, who has worked tirelessly for five years to build up her energy consultancy business, adds: “It is very reassuring for me having shared the thoughts, ideas and future direction of Indigo Swan with the IoD, that they have then given it the thumbs up in the shape of this award.” 

* Last year Indigo Swan for instance took home the I&C ‘Most Innovative’ consultant at the national Energy Live Consultancy Awards (TELCAs), while in 2012 the business advisory was accredited by Investors In People, a national quality system for organisations who achieve a high standard in staff management and training.