Director accolade for police chief Med

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One of Britain’s top director’s awards has gone to a senior executive from South Yorkshire for the second year running.

Chief Constable Med Hughes has becomes chartered director of the year – a new award which reflects the introduction of the new qualification for people leading organisations in the private, public or charitable sectors, at the highest strategic level.

He follows in the footsteps of Sheffield Forgemasters’ boss, Dr Graham Honeyman, who won the Institute of Directors’ overall director of the year award last year.

The success will give an additional boost to Mr Hughes’ ambitions for a career in the private sector after retiring from the police next month.

Mr Hughes said he was delighted to receive the award.

“I believe it shows that public sector leaders can operate in a private sector environment, particularly because we have experience of unique areas of management. I am very happy to draw attention to the fact that skills are transferable from the public to the private sectors,” said South Yorkshire’s Chief Constable.

“I’m very grateful to the Institute of Directors for this award, which recognises the commitment I made to ensuring that I work openly and honestly in both my public role as Chief Constable, and in my private sector role as a company chairman.

“As I leave the Police service, I hope to put my experience and learning to good use in supporting not only my own companies, but in serving as an effective non executive in other organisations.”

In addition to running South Yorkshire Police, which has a budget in excess of £270 million and employs 5,500 people, Mr Hughes is a director of two road safety companies, Road Safety Support and NDORS.