Entrepreneur and Gocompare.com founder Hayley Parsons has been honoured by the IoD Wales in recognition of the Newport-based price comparison website she set up and the support she offers start-up businesses.

She was recognised with the Chairman’s Award at the recent IoD Wales Director of the Year Awards.

Rosie Sweetman, director of Business in the Community Cymru, was named winner in the Corporate Responsibility category and David Gray, managing director of ladder specialist TB Davies was winner of top Director in a Family Business.

Peter Thomas, managing director at Port Talbot-based construction company Contract Services Group was named winner in the Medium / Large Business category, while Jeff Farrar, chief constable of Gwent Police and the National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for crime recording, was named winner of Director within the Public Sector. He is also chairman of the Effective Services for Vulnerable Group’s Board.

Ben Wheeler, founder of Swansea-based website design company Copper Bay Creative was named Director in a Small Business and training consultant and Business and Management lecturer Elin Wyn, chairman of the Board of Trustees at Chapter Arts Centre, was named winner of the Social Enterprise / Charity category.

Kelly Bolderson, managing director of Glamorgan Telecom, was named Young Director of the Year and artist Julia Booker won the title of Director of the Year in the Talent and Innovation Award.

Robert Lloyd Griffiths, director of IoD in Wales, gave his annual Director’s Award to Principality Building Society group chief executive Graeme Yorston.

Robert said: “Our awards are always a highlight on the business calendar and today has, once again, been a fantastic celebration of talent from across Wales.

“All those shortlisted have demonstrated innovation, enthusiasm and exemplary leadership skills, which is why their respective businesses have become such success stories.”