North West

News from your Region- The NW is looking for a New Regional Chair

Could you be the next IoD NW Regional Chair?  An exciting opportunity has arisen to take on one of the most challenging and rewarding roles within the IoD. NW regional chair.  Click here for more details or email Rachel Smith for more information

IoD NW welcome 3 new team members

The Institute of Directors (IoD) North West is expanding its team with the recent appointments of Deborah Ascott-Jones, Richard Douglas and Karl Seed.

Deborah Ascott-Jones joins the team as Head of Business Development for the NW and brings with her over 30 years’ experience to the role.  Deborah joins from Brabners LLP where she has been Director of Business Development and Marketing for the last 6 years. Prior to that Deborah was Marketing and Business Development Director for Pannone, Beachcrofts and Eversheds. Deborah will be responsible for communications and membership growth through engagement with SMEs and key corporates across the region.

The second appointment is Richard Douglas who joins as Events Manager and Regional Administrator.  Richard, who is currently Events and Training Manager at North & Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, will develop and expand the range of events, conferences and training offered by the IoD in the North West.

Karl Seed is the final new member to bolster the team. Karl has joined the IoD on a year’s internship from the University of Cheshire and is studying events management. His duties will be the day-to-day office administration, membership and events support.

Welcome to the IoD NW

The IoD NW has approximately 1800 members covering Manchester, Liverpool, Cheshire, Cumbria and Lancashire.  Our members are business leaders, entrepreneurs and company directors from across all sectors in the region representing the best in NW business. 

Our offices and Members' Lounge are base in city centre Manchester not far from Piccadilly train station. 

Our small team, headed up by Regional Director Rachel Smith, is there to support all our members here in the region, through regular communication, connecting you to other members in the NW, delivering a high quality and diverse events and training programme and linking you to the right team in the IoD to help you maximise your membership. 

We also here to help anyone thinking of joining the IoD get a better understanding of all we have to offer you as a member.  Get in touch today on or call us on +44 (0)161 247 7634

Visiting the IoD NW Office and Members’ Lounge Manchester

Our members’ lounge, brought to you in conjunction with Bruntwood, is based on the ground floor at Lowry House in Manchester.  This informal, open plan lounge offers free refreshments and wifi for all members and up to 3 guests.  It includes individual workstations, small informal meeting tables for 2 and limited number of meeting tables for up to 4 people.  A printing and photocopying service is provided by reception.  

IoD Team at Lowry house- Our offices are on the 14th floor so if you need to speak with someone from the IoD please use the dedicated phone on reception.

Meeting space- Members requiring meeting space for more people, or who require either more privacy or presentation equipment may book one of the Bruntwood Red Rooms, either in Lowry house or at another Bruntwood location.  Members will receive 10% off all their bookings.  To find out more call 0161 638 9200.

Parking- Members are recommended to use the NCP Car park on Chorlton Street (see map below) as they will receive discounting parking when they have their tickets validated by reception at Lowry House.

This months's spotlight event:

Global Business Leaders Event

Opportunities in Canada -Investment opportunities in the financial services, information and communications technology, and life sciences sectors.  This event is open to both IoD members and non-members and is specifically targeting companies with over £5 million turnover.
Monday, 3rd November 2014.  12.00-15.15 include lunch and networking
CityLabs, Oxford Road, Manchester, Cost: FOC
For more details and to register click

Other Events Coming Up

NW Director of the Year – Nominations are now Open
Nominations for the 2015 Director of the Year Awards in the NW are now open.  The region’s most prestigious awards for business leaders and entrepreneurs will take place on the 25th February 2015 at the midland Hotel.  We will be Launching the Awards at a drinks evening on the 21st October at our sponsors Baker Tilly’s office in Spinningfields.  To register to attend click here or to find out how to enter or book your tickets for the awards go to

IoD Live Series 2014
Following on from the very lively Scottish Referendum Debate last week we want to remind you of the next three in the series of our expert panel debates hosted by journalise Andy Johnson. 17th September- Future of Transport, 15th October- Britain in Europe and the 12th November - Great Skills Debate.  The IoD NW want to you have your say on the three key issues which are affecting your businesses.  To find out more including location and timings and to book you place click here.

North West Region Reset

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IoD North West Regional Office
Floor 14,
Lowry House,
17 Marble Street,
M2 3AW

Meeting room bookings:
T: +44 (0)161 638 9200
E: Meeting room bookings