East of England

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The East of England Region comprises five very active and vibrant branches. 
These are Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire (includes Middlesex and parts of South Bedfordshire), Norfolk and Suffolk. The region has an IoD hub in Norwich based within the City College's St Andrew's House.

The East of England hosts a very diverse range of industries, from traditional manufacturing, agriculture, extraction, education and professional services, through to new sectors such as technology, biotech and cleantech. We are equally proud of our heritage and of our world-leading position in fast-moving contemporary industries.

Headed up by Regional Chairman David Sales and Regional Officer Camilla Calverley-Halford, the region has approximately 4,600 members.

We host a very full programme of events, for members and non-members, ranging from networking lunches and dinners to business seminars and social events.

IoD members can also access a range of resources on topics such as business development & strategy, finance, technology and trading overseas by visiting the guiding section of our website.

David, Camilla or any of our branch Chairmen will be delighted to talk to you and answer any questions you may have.

Press Release

IoD East of England Announced Director of Year Awards Winners

David Sales, Chairman of the Institute of Directors (IoD) in the East of England Region today announced the two winners of the East of England Director of the Year 2015 awards.

•         Emily Groves, Managing Director of Indigo Swan won the Regional Young Director of the Year award
•         Tim Phillips, Managing Director of Gate One Limited, won the Regional Small Company Director of the Year Award.  

David Sales, in enthusiastic praise for both winners, said: “These awards recognise true excellence and leadership from the winning directors, who should be extremely proud of their recognition. I congratulate them both, and look forward to seeing what the future holds for them.”

Emily Groves, winner of Young Director of the Year, who has worked tirelessly for five years to build up her energy consultancy business, said: “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. 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.”

Tim Phillips, who won the Regional Small Company Award is an IoD Chartered Director and runs an award winning specialist management company, said: “As a Chartered Director I am delighted that the IoD East of England has recognised me for this award. Gate One is a fast growing, innovative, management consultancy specialising in business transformation. Our ongoing success is down to the effective application of sound business management principles and a dedicated and talented team.”

Winners of the IoD Regional Director of the Year Awards progress to the national finals, which will be held in October.

Emily and Tim can look forward to:

• Invaluable media coverage to raise the profile of their business
• A very visible celebration of their businesses achievement
• Public recognition from peers and the IoD, the leading Institute championing directorial excellence
• An eye-catching commendation relevant to potential investors and stakeholders

Could you be our next Suffolk Branch Chair?

The IoD's Branch Chair, Luke Morris, is approaching the end of his term of office.  This creates an opportunity for a new leader to take on this interesting and rewarding role.

We are looking for someone to chair and lead the Suffolk Branch Committee with a focus on developing the membership and supporting and engaging with IoD members in the area, including implementing and supporting IoD policies, standards and initiatives.
Acting as the voice of the IoD in Suffolk is also part of the role and as such you will be expected to promote the profile of the IoD by engaging with local businesses and other stakeholders, including public sector bodies and educational bodies.
You will also become a member of the IoD leadership team across the East of England. You will work closely with the Regional Chair, Chairs of neighbouring Branches and the team in IoD Pall Mall.

The ideal candidate should have experience of working in senior roles, will live in and be knowledgeable about Suffolk, it’s business opportunities and challenges. You will be able to commit a fair but reasonable amount of time to the role.

There will be an interview process (during August) leading to formal appointment by the Board of the IoD. If you wish to discuss this important and high profile role, please contact the Regional Chair for East of England, David Sales david.sales@firstascentgroup.com (who can also provide the detailed role specification) or the incumbent Suffolk Chair, Luke Morris luke.morris@larking-gowen.co.uk .

If you are interested in being the next IoD Suffolk Branch Chair, please send a two page CV together with a covering letter explaining the attributes you think you could bring to the role to David Sales, Chair of IoD East of England, 5 Playcross Close, Great Cambourne, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB23 5AF by 15th July 2015.  
We expect to run the appointment panel in August to provide some handover time from mid-October. Luke will formally step down at the end of December 2015.
We look forward to hearing from you!


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