North East

Representing approximately 500 members, the North East region is led by Chairman Graham Robb and Regional Secretary, Sukie Ranken, alongside a volunteer committee and other IoD staff who support local members and organise inspirational and valuable business events in the area.

Active within the local business community, the IoD North East host regular conferences, discussions, networking events and Director Development seminars to complement the various social gatherings taking place throughout the region.

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Welcome to the North-east of England’s section on the IoD’s website.

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Meet the team

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MADE Festival
22nd October at Sheffield City Hall

MADE: The Entrepreneur Festival is a unique event. It is the UK's biggest celebration of entrepreneurship and has been specifically designed to educate, inspire, motivate and give attendees the skills to start or grow their own business.  

This year’s programme features: JB Gill, farmer, entrepreneur and former member of boyband JLS; Annabel Karmel, leading cookery author and entrepreneur; Paul Lindley from Ella’s Kitchen, David Coplin of Microsoft UK, Geoff Ramm, marketing and customer service expert; Joe McEwan, Head of Digital at Innocent Drinks; and many many more.
More information can be found at    IoD Members can email IoD Yorkshire for the offer code which will secure members £10 off any MADE entry price


IoD Director of the Year Awards 2015 

the Awards dinner was held at the Hilton Sheffield Hotel 11th  June 

This year's winners are:

Not for Profit / CSR Director of the Year - 
Delroy Beverley, Property Solutions Incommunities Group Ltd

Young Director - 
Sophie Jewett, York Cocoa House

SME Director of the Year - 
Neil Fisher, Airco Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Ltd
Gav Winter, The Test People (Joint Winners)

Large Company - 
Herwig Vennekens, Dunhills (Pontefract) PLC (Haribo)
David Hurcomb, NG Bailey Group Ltd (Highly Commended)

International Director of the Year - 
Julia Gash, Bag It Don't Bin It Ltd 
Keith Jackson, JRI Orthopaedics (Highly Commended)

North East SME Director of the Year - 
Daniel Robinson, Gus Robinson Developments Ltd

Overall Director of the Year -  
Neil Fisher, Airco Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Ltd
Gav Winter, The Test People (Joint Winners)

Lifetime Achievement Award - 
Dr Paul Sewell, The Sewell Group

Special Judges' Award - 
Professor Ammar Mirza CBE

They automatically go forward to the UK Finals to be held in London and we wish each good luck!

Chairman of the judging panel Richard Tuplin, who is sales and operations director of Jelf Insurance Partnership, said it was a tough job for the judges to choose from a high standard of nominations.  

To register to enter for 2016 email IoD North East

We appreciate the work done and time given by this year's judging panel:

Chairman - Richard Tuplin  Director, Jelf Insurance Partnership
Simon Walton  Partner, Berwick Partners
Carolyn Pearson Managing Director, Ltd
Etta Cohen    Managing Director, Etta Cohen
Andy Wood     Managing Partner Leeds & Newcastle Offices,  Grant Thornton UK
Alastair Thompson    Director of Corporate Engagement, Teeside University
Shelia Stokes White Director,  Strategic Solutions
Stephen Hall  Partner, Deloitte
Anthony Knowles    Head of Employer & Delivery Service (North East), National Apprenticeship Service

and thank you to our Sponsors and Supporters:

Hilton SBS NGC GDF Leeds Vista deloitte UKTI

Click Here to Read the IoD North East Chair's Annual Press Release

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