A strong foundation for growth is firmly in place

Our Annual Report and Accounts 2021 reflects on a year of moving forward

We are now seeing the results of the hard work we have done over the last two years to transform the IoD, with a strong foundation for growth firmly in place. Though many challenges remain, we can afford to be much more positive about the outlook.

The pandemic has transformed how businesses and organisations work and underlined the crucial role we continue to play in supporting members to develop their leadership skills and ensuring government support for them as the economy recovered.

Annual Report and Accounts 2021

IoD Director General, Jonathan Geldart, shares his plans for the IoD’s future

Our plans for the next five years focus on three areas – governance, director development and representing the interests of our members to government – in Whitehall, the devolved nations, and the regions. We are pre-eminent in the work that we do and we’re incredibly privileged to have the access to government that we have.

We understand the impact of good governance in business. We are, if you like, the governance people. If you want to see better quality governance across the UK and beyond so that good businesses can be run by good directors for the benefit, not only of those businesses, but also for the sustainability of employment, and the UK and wider world economy, then come to the IoD.

We support directors and leaders in a powerful, structured way to understand the impact of what they do. We can provide the courses to help you become the best director and leader you can be. We can connect you to your peers across the UK. You may question why you need to connect with other directors in your local area, but it is because you might learn something. We’re never too old, too smart, or too experienced to learn more. By using the IoD to help you, you can unlock some immensely powerful learnings for yourself and your board. This year’s report highlights a cross section of our member who’ve done just that.

Annual Review

A comprehensive review of the IoD’s activities during 2021.

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Financial statements

Full details of our financial performance for the year ending 31 March 2021.

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Full details of how we organise, direct and manage the IoD.

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The importance of a deeper purpose

Aduke Onafowokan, founder of Oxford-based inclusion and diversity consultancy, Inclusivitii, on the need for purpose beyond profit-making.

Leadership in challenging times

Harry Panter co-founded Housr while at university. He discusses leadership, nurturing and retaining talent in times of crisis.

It was full on

Managing Director Jo Barnes describes her experience of attending the Accelerated Certificate in Company Direction.

Building a more diverse workforce

Representing the IoD as an ambassador for diversity, Alex Chikhani discusses why we need greater diversity of thinking.

Creating an innovation culture

Dr Sadia Ahmed gives a brief introduction on the value of creating and embracing a culture of innovation.

A challenging and inspiring programme

As an international member of the IoD, Oliver Gosemann talks about what it takes to become a chartered director and the value he’s gained.

Creating a positive workplace culture

Chair of IoD North East (South) Karl Pemberton on why providing freedom and flexibility at work helps build a better culture.

What drives me

Co-Vice Chair of Cardiff Metropolitan University, Menai Owen-Jones on what motivates her, her focus on helping people and the value of being a chartered director.

Being a parent taught me how to mentor

As a NED and mentor to start-ups, Carol Harvey gives her advice on mentoring young entrepreneurs.

Starting up

Award-winning business mentor, Helen Tonks, provides an insight into some of the challenges of setting up your own business.

Sense checking your strategic business model

Strategic business consultant Tony Webster on the need for business leaders to take a step back and review their business models.

My journey with the IoD

Poonam Kaur gives an overview of why she joined the IoD and the value she gets from being part of a member community.

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