The Trustees of Disability Direct, Derby’s support service for disabled people and carers is delighted to announce that it’s long-serving and most senior staff member, Amo Raju has been awarded the title of CEO Of The Year 2018 by the internationally renowned magazine, Finance Monthly for his ‘Outstanding Contribution To Disability Direct’.

Finance Monthly magazine invites nominations each year which are then shortlisted by the judges who leave the final decision to a vote by readers of their magazine.

Katina Hristova – Head Editor at Finance Monthly says – ‘After months of careful research, Finance Monthly is excited to provide recognition to the most exceptional leaders of our time, identifying ambitious and forward-thinking CEOs who have demonstrated strong integrity and contributed to both their industry and wider society. Amo Raju has addressed the charity’s financial challenges through the introduction of chargeable services with customers up and down the country. Our judges were impressed with this entrepreneurial approach.’

Amo Raju, CEO of Disability Direct says – ‘Wow! What an honour! I didn’t even know I was nominated and only found out about the award a week ago. Slightly weird feeling that I was being watched anonymously by a judging panel but hey, I feel really happy for not just myself but DD as a whole. Yes I’ve worked hard to get the organisation to where it is today and have some interesting plans for the future but the truth is that the staff, every single one of them, who share my vision, should be the true recipients of this award. I think I owe them a drink or two!’

Mick Watts, Trustee of Disability Direct says – ‘We are so pleased for Amo who has been with us from day one and worked his way up to the most senior position. Disabled people in such positions can help society change for the better by being role models for future generations. Well done Amo!’