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IOD Director of the Year – Not for profit


Published by Dawn Prentice for Dawn Prentice Communications in Communities and also in Care and Support, Education, Environment, Health, Housing

Ann Rivera Ann Rivera

Ann Rivera recognised by the Institute of Directors for her profound understanding of socio-economic issues and tenacious approach to leadership and performance management in the third sector, which has driven the complete transformation of Trident Social Investment Group (TSIG).

The inaugural Institute of Directors (IoD) Annual Prize:  West Midlands Director of the Year Awards recognised Ann Rivera, Organisational Development Director for the Trident Social Investment Group in the Not for Profit category.  The awards ceremony was held earlier today at Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham. 

The prize celebrates the achievements of senior Directors focusing on the strategic importance of leadership, by providing the vision and direction for the growth and success of their organisations.  Equipped with the skills and tools for both strategy formulation and implementation, Ann has delivered an ambitious change management programme for Trident. 

Ann’s first class OD strategy recognised by numerous sector awards encompasses Group HR and ICT, Business Performance, Customer Service which provides the organisation’s front line service, Health and Safety, Legal as well as Learning and Development.   She has influenced each element of the learning process within Trident and been instrumental in the transformation of this social business into the Trident Social Investment Group.   In addition, Ann has recently added the role of Assistant Company Secretary to her brief enabling her to further improve the governance structure of TSIG.

Last year Ann led Trident in undertaking a ‘Social Audit’ that measured the social impact the Group has on residents and communities and identified areas where services can be improved and developed to support its residents.  Reshaping this multi-million pound social business into the organisation it is today has required great strength, a sense of direction and the ability to build ownership and alignment within Trident to implement change.

As well as providing homes to 6,000 people across the Midlands, many of whom are the most vulnerable, the recently transformed Trident Social Investment Group includes housing associations, charities and social enterprises placing a social investment ethos and collaborative community working at its core.                                                                                                                                           

Director of the IOD West Midlands and Chair of the Judges, John Phillips, said: ‘We have a truly diverse business community in the West Midlands and the quality of entrants for our awards improves every year, and this year’s entries were all of an extremely high standard. Ann Rivera of the Trident Social Investment Group; has been awarded West Midlands Director of the Year - not for profit category, having shown exceptional leadership qualities in managing change in a very challenging and complex operating environment.  She is both committed and passionate about driving change and I am confident that she will lead the Trident Group on to even greater achievements in the future.’                                                                                                                                            

Ann Rivera, OD Director of Trident Social Investment Group said: ‘ I am  delighted and honoured to receive  this prestigious award for something I love doing.  This is a very proud and happy time in my life and to be recognised as the West Midlands Director of the Year (not for profit) is testament to hard work, determination and dedication.  I would like to thank my colleagues and staff; whose support and commitment to Trident’s Social Investment agenda, goes above and beyond every working day and without them, I would not have been able to deliver such an ambitious transformation of the Trident Social Investment Group.  This award recognises Trident’s people as much as it does me.’

The judging panel was made up of representatives from the IoD


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