The council is the guardian of the IoD constitution, ensuring that the objects of the IoD’s Royal Charter are delivered. It comprises members of geographical areas, elected members, 1 International representative and the IoD chairman.
Jean Church - Senior Independent Council Member
Jean Church is National Chair of the Institute of Directors (IoD), Wales. Director of My Business Lynq Ltd. a new business start-up, Ambassador for the Teenage Cancer Trust she also sits on the Superfast Business Broadband Wales Panel and Commerce Cymru (Wales Social Partnership Unit). She provides senior executive mentoring through her own Consultancy Company.
Jean has held Non-Executive Director roles together with a number of Director, and Senior Executive roles in blue chip organisations prior to starting 2Win Consultancy Ltd. which she left in 2016. As Chair of IoD Wales, she has taken responsibility for promoting professionalism in business and focuses on better directors, better business, better economy and better services. She was one of the first cohort in Wales to complete the Certificate and Diploma in Company Direction with the IoD.
She is described as a driven, commercially astute, motivational leader and inspirational mentor. She has extensive experience of leading and developing teams in continuous improvement across multi-site retail, distribution and legal professional units. As a consultant she has worked across academia, manufacturing, distribution, property law, franchising, new start-ups, and professional institutes. Business re-organisation and restructuring has featured strongly in her commercial experience.
She is passionate about the need for better understanding of governance, together with the role and responsibilities of a non-executive director at board level. She also believes that there is a need for senior executives to embrace digital exploitation at board level. Businesses who embrace technological innovation to optimise their productivity and success both locally and internationally, will positively impact the country’s economy. And she drives this message home as part of her IoD role to promote the high standards of excellence and professionalism within Welsh business.
Jean’s reappointment as Council member is for three years until the AGM 2022.
A dynamic, positive & award-winning corporate lawyer, Anneliese is at the apex of a career that has featured prestigious appointments across highly topical enterprise, governance & digital agendas. Described as a ‘bastion for diversity’ by The Legal 500’s GC Powerlist: Middle East, she has been featured in LegalEra’s definitive guide, World’s Best General Counsel, & recognised as one of Middle East & Africa’s 20 ‘Leading Women in Communications Technology’ by CommsMEA magazine.
Currently based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Anneliese is the General Counsel of leading telecoms operator du, (2018 revenue: ~ $US 3.5Billion), where she is the organisation's most senior female executive. Hired to found & head-up du’s legal & regulatory functions, Anneliese has led du Legal to become the first & only law department of a non-UK company to be awarded the prestigious Lexcel accreditation by the UK Law Society. It has also won 'Legal Department of the Year' awards over multiple years.
Underlining her professional standing, Anneliese serves as Vice-Chairman of the Board of the Association of Corporate Counsel - a global non-profit corporation headquartered in Washington DC with 45,000+ members in 85 countries.
Further Board level appointments include as a founding member of the Middle East Advisory Committee of the Australian Institute of Company Directors & a founding investor & Investment Committee member of Dubai Angel Investors Ltd, a position currently contributing to her growing perception as an expert commentator on digital/tech SME trajectory and entrepreneurship.
This reputation as an energised and committed analyst of enterprise performance has resulted in Anneliese becoming a sought-after presence at leading regional & international conferences. She is a regular speaker on issues including corporate governance, risk management & regulatory compliance, investment & growth strategies & telecoms law & regulation.
Anneliese has a Bachelor of Laws & a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting & Economics) from the University of Melbourne - the only law school outside the USA & UK to feature consistently in the world's Top Ten. She is a Graduate (GAICD) of the Australian Institute of Company Directors’ International Company Directors Program, has a Diploma in Management Accounting from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, & holds a current Practising Certificate as Solicitor from the Law Society of New South Wales.
David is a highly experienced director and entrepreneur. In the last twelve years David was the co-founder and chairman of NM Group, a tech’ services business that grew to having entities and boards in five countries around the world. After ten years of growth, David led a successful exit to a USA multinational and then spent two years assisting with its integration.
An engineer by background, David previously spent many years in M&A for National Grid plc, leading on developments in Europe, the Middle East and Africa and served on the board of companies in the Netherlands and an electricity company in Zambia.
David has a passion for strategy and governance; he is a Chartered Director and Fellow of the Institute of Directors and is certified for the ‘Directors Role for Health & Safety’ (CITB). He holds a MBA with a focus on advanced international business, is a Member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology, and most recently attained a Diploma, with distinction, in Quantum Physics.
Ellen Miller is a Consultant and Executive Coach working with a range of organisations and business schools on executive and non-executive leadership and talent development, organisational culture and corporate governance.
Ellen’s current portfolio is derived from her time in Finance and in Higher Education over a 35-year career. She started her career in Investment Banking with experience ranging from Corporate Finance/M & A, to Debt Capital Markets, Fixed Income Research and Divisional Management. She also headed Graduate Recruitment and Early Stage Training and Development at Lehman Brothers, Europe where she was a Managing Director until 2008.
Ellen has worked at London Business School in a variety of roles since 2008 with Degree Students and Alumni. She ran the Career Centre for the School’s suite of Leadership Degree Programmes and was responsible for the career development of the School’s most senior and experienced students and alumni. She has served as lead coach for Executive Leadership for the Sloan Programme since 2018, working in close collaboration with Organisational Behaviour faculty. At LBS, Ellen is now a member of the E100, an angel investing and venture capital club, active in supporting start-ups and promoting entrepreneurs.
Most recently, Ellen was appointed as an Executive Advisor to Temporall, a digital business with a real-time data analytics platform to measure organisational health and workplace culture.
Ellen is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and holds dual nationality (US/UK). She is a graduate of the Meyler Campbell Business Coaching Programme and recognised as a certified practitioner by the British Psychological Society. She has served on a number of charitable, educational and development boards in the UK and Europe; including the Advisory Committee for Management Education at INSEAD, the Advisory Board of SDA Bocconi School of Management, Milan, the Bodleian Library of Oxford University, the Higher Education Funding Council of England’s Sub-Committee on Employability and Skills, the City of London Festival and Policy Exchange. She also served as Director and Treasurer of Women2Win from 2012-2015. Currently, she serves on the Council of the Institute of Directors and as a member of its Audit & Risk Committee.
Ellen’s Miller reappointment as a Council member is for three years until the AGM 2022.
Senior Partner, Recognition PR (Private Sector Representative)
Graham is a well-known and established business figure in the North-East, he is vice-chair of the Entrepreneurs' Forum, a board member of the South Tees Development Corporation and served a three-year term as North East Chairman of the Institute of Directors. Graham also served as an associate member of the Tees Valley Combined Authority Cabinet in his capacity of a member of the Tees Valley Local Enterprise Partnership. He has run the respected communications firm, Recognition PR, for more than 30 years. It has clients throughout the UK in many different business sectors. The firm also runs a number of influential networking groups in the Northern Region including the two Shadow MPCs in Yorkshire and the North East and the large and dynamic web-based North East Business Group – with nearly 10,000 members.
Graham also frequently features in the media, with contributions on radio and TV and regular columns and opinion pieces in newspapers.
Kim has established a reputation as a transformational leader driven by challenges, undeterred by obstacles and committed to furthering standards of excellence.
During her career she has worked with several organisations – supporting organisational development from the inside. Kim was pleased to have been Managing Director at Gatenby Sanderson. She also supported CPP as COO through a period of reorganisation and crisis management, and helped to rebuild a successful, profitable business with a motivated staff and great culture.
Kim specialises in new business generation, turning underperforming areas into consistent market leaders, and working within challenging environments. Each personal achievement is a spur to helping other businesses develop highly engaged teams, positive cultures and outstanding results.
Kim is proud to have been key note speaker for both the Financial Times and Eon, also an Academy Ambassador and a volunteer mentor for Mary’s Meals.
Marie McHugh is Professor of Organisational Behaviour at Ulster University where she was previously Dean of the Ulster University Business School (2009-2016). Her main research interests are work stress, organisational health and organisational change, and she has published widely within these areas.
Marie is a member of the regional IoD Committee and she has recently been appointed to the Strategic Advisory Network of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). Marie has served on the CBI (NI) Council and she has been Chair and President of the British Academy of Management (BAM).
In recognition of her academic leadership and contribution to business and economic development, Marie received a Special Achievement Award from the CIPD in 2014 and a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Flybe/UTV Business Awards in 2015. Marie is a BAM Fellow, she is a Visiting Professor at Hebei Geo University (China), and she has been a Visiting Distinguished Scholar at the University of Nebraska (USA) and the University of Halmstad (Sweden). She has a PhD from Ulster University (1996), an MSc in Occupational Psychology (1985) and a BA in Psychology (1983) from Queen’s University.
Mehrdad contributes a wealth of entrepreneurial management experience within the cable, telecoms, retail and automotive industries. At UPC/Liberty Global, Mehrdad was the Managing Director, Chief Information Officer and Chief Network Officer as well as a member of the European Corporate Executive Management team. He has also held executive roles as part of the Global Management Board of FLAG Telecom the largest fiber link around the globe operation out of more than 150 countries, Cairneagle, Yardley of London, Revlon and Rolls-Royce.
He has a proven track record in building and managing world class global businesses and IT and network functions across EMEA, Europe and Asia Pacific from start-up to IPO and beyond. As part of the board of the European Management team at UPC the largest managed service provider operating 14 businesses across 12 countries in Europe serving more than 30 million customers with broad band, internet, telephony, cable TV and mobile services. He has worked in Europe for over 10 years and is veteran of M&A within the TMT sector industries completing over 30 transactions worldwide. He is currently managing partner at Via-Cable.
Mehrdad is highly experienced in delivering synergies and integration of information systems, processes, facilities services as well as HR and communications through designing, implementation and operation of network facing, customer facing, Web and Internet, Business to Business and enterprise systems.
Mehrdad has Degrees in Computer Technologies and Post Graduate in Mathematics and its applications from Teesside University, De Montford University and a Masters in Management Science from Cranfield University.
He is an Associate Fellow of Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, Member of IEEE and IOD.
Mike Blackburn OBE
Mike lives in the North West and spent his 36-year career in the private sector, always working for technology companies. He spent 25 years working for BT. When he left in January 2018, he was both Chair of BT’s NW Regional Board, and also Head of Digital Government in the UK.
Mike has a portfolio of non-exec roles including Chair of the Greater Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership. This board empowers business leaders to work with the public sector and jointly set the strategic course, determine local economic priorities and drive growth and job creation within the city region.
Mike holds a number of other Non-Exec or Trustee roles:
- Board member of Lancashire Enterprise Partnership
- Chair of the Institute of Directors (IOD) in the North West.
- Trustee of the Lowry Theatre, Salford.
- Director of the Science Museum Foundation
- Non-exec at Telcom Group
- Dean’s advisory council member for Lancaster University Management School.
- Advisor at IN4.0
- Advisor at Snowball Alternative Finance Limited
Mike was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in June 2015 for services to the economy in the North West.
Mike sits on the North West advisory board for the Prince of Wales charity, Business in the Community, and was selected as the Prince’s NW Regional Ambassador for 2010/11 and 2011/12.
Mike is married with three children and lives in Cheshire.