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IoD Cheshire | Welcome from your New Cheshire Chair

05 Jun 2019
Booth Mansion, Chester

We are delighted to invite you to join us and welcome our new Cheshire Chair, Rob McKay Managing Director of executive search firm Sherrington Associates  

At the event you will hear about his plans for 2019, the work of the newly-formed Cheshire committee and how you can get more involved. 

Also speaking will be the Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire, David Briggs MBE KSTJ founder of the Cheshire Community Foundation who will enlighten guests about the incredible charitable work the CCF does to tackle issues such as mental health, poverty and disadvantage, education, skills and employment in Cheshire.

Our sponsor, leading omni-channel marketing business Textlocal, will provide a glass of wine on arrival as well as canapes in the historic Grade 1 listed Booth Mansion, former residence to the Earl of Warrington. Their Managing Director, Jason Palgrave-Jones will be sharing his story as an IoD Advance member.

So come and celebrate the start of the summer and meet with like-minded individuals from the IoD flock in an informal setting. We will meet at Booth Mansion, 28-34 Watergate Street, Chester, at 5.15pm with speeches at 6pm.

Key details

Date & time: 05 Jun 2019 17:30 - 19:30
Location: Booth Mansion, Chester
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Prices from

0.00 GBP + VAT - Member
20.00 GBP + VAT - Non-Member

Event manager:
Miss Lauren Mullan
Contact phone:
0161 806 0890
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17:30 Registration and networking 

18:00 Welcome with Claire Ebrey, IoD North West and Isle of Man Regional Director

18:05 Rob McKay, IoD Cheshire Chair will introduce the commitee, share plans for the future in Cheshire, the events schedule and how we aim to engage with members

18:30  Overview of the Cheshire Community Foundation by their founder David Briggs MBE K.St.J the Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire

18:40 Jason Palgrave-Jones, Managing Director at Textlocal Ltd shares his story as an IoD Advance member

18:50 Networking over drinks and canapes 

19:30 Close


Rob McKay
Managing Director
Sherrington Associates

Rob has been working in recruitment and executive-search since 2001, during which time Rob has delivered retained search projects for clients around the globe, ranging from major Plc’s through to growing SME’s and family businesses. During his executive search career, Rob has been the retained search partner for executive appointments at a number of top UK charities as well as recruiting executive and non-executive directors for a wide range of high profile clients in the private sector. Having always had a natural interest in human behaviour, Rob studied Sociology at Liverpool John Moore’s University where he graduated with a 2:1 in 2001 and went on to become a trained practitioner of psychometric assessment tools endorsed by the British Psychological Society. Today Rob is Chair of the Institute of Directors in Cheshire, is a judge on the panel for the High Sherriff’s Awards for Enterprise and is an advisory board member for the University of Chester’s Business Research Institute. Rob is also a studying member of the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM) and is a serving member of the Cheshire Business Leaders working group.

Claire Ebrey
Regional Director 
IoD North West & Isle of Man

Claire is Regional Director for the IoD in the North West  and Isle of Man. Covering Manchester City Region, Lancashire, Cumbria, Cheshire, Liverpool City Region and Isle of Man. She has a passion for bringing people together and believes that collaboration across all sectors, shapes and sizes of organisation, can drive real change.

David Briggs MBE, Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire
The Cheshire Community Foundation
As Lord-Lieutenant of Cheshire David is The Queen's representative in the County. In this role he presents Honours and Awards on behalf of Her Majesty but the majority of his time is spent supporting local charities.

He was the Founder and is now the President of Cheshire Community Foundation which connects Donors with the charities which will make the best use of new funds. He is also Founder and Chair of Cheshire Connect which arranges for business and professional people to give of their time and skill to help local charities to become more efficient and effective not for profit "businesses."

Last year David was Chair of the West Cheshire Poverty Truth Commission and as a result of that is now setting up a series of "Community Connectors" across the County to help those in need to find the help and support they need. He has become something of an advocate for those in poverty and is doing all he can to make it easier for them to find help in every arena from cash benefits to mental health.

Jason Palgrave-Jones
Managing Director
Textlocal Ltd 

As Managing Director of Textlocal Ltd, Jason has overseen the rapid expansion of the Chester based company from a growing SME to a main player in the global mobile communications industry since joining the company in 2011. 

After studying Leadership and Management at the University of Wales, Jason has spent the past 30 years in a number of senior management and leadership roles with brands such as Capital Bank, HBoS, Accor Services, Edenred and Home Retail Group before joining Textlocal.
Following the acquisition of Textlocal by IMImobile PLC in October 2014, Jason has spent the last four years expanding Textlocal’s market share and extending its reach by the introduction of additional communication channels on its CPaaS platform, reflecting market dynamics and a shift towards richer digital automation and customer engagement. 

Jason has successfully lead Textlocal to remain the most trusted online messaging B2B service for thousands of UK businesses, while embracing innovation and delivering industry-leading technology. Jason is a proud Cestrian having been born and raised in Chester and is an active member of the local business community. 



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20.00 GBP + VAT - Non-Member


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  • Booth Mansion
  • 28-34 Watergate Street
  • Chester
  • CH1 2LA

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