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Institute of Directors North East Annual Lecture with IoD Director General, Jon Geldart

04 Mar 2020
Newcastle University Business School, Newcastle upon Tyne

• Meet the new IoD Director General Jon Geldart
• Discover how to create a ‘superbrand’
• Connect with business and education leaders

We are delighted to announce that newly appointed IoD Director General, Jon Geldart will be the special guest speaker at this year’s IoD North East Annual Lecture at Newcastle University Business School.

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Date & time: 04 Mar 2020 16:30 - 18:30
Location: Newcastle University Business School, Newcastle upon Tyne
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Jon was appointed as Director General in September 2019 and is a former chair of the IoD Yorkshire and North East region.
As Director General he works closely with the Board and focuses on delivering the Institute’s strategy of ‘closer to members’. Central to this is the empowerment of UK branches to improve member experience and engagement as well as making the IoD relevant to the next generation of directors.
Jon spent 30 years working in the professional services sector, most recently at Grant Thornton International, where he served on the global board prior to becoming responsible for the organisation’s interests in China.
He is the author of three books on China and, in addition to being a Fellow of the IoD, he is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
Jon studied Geography and Archaeology at St. Andrews University specialising in underwater archaeology. Outside of work, his interests include hill walking and fell running.
Jon was the navigator in a rally team for 20 years and, following two years of training in extreme environments, he walked to the North Pole in 2016. He has completed expeditions in Norway, the Canadian Arctic and the Everest region.
Jon’s lecture will focus on how business leaders can create a ‘superbrand’, drawing on his extensive experience of working with companies across the world.


  Jon Geldart, IoD Director General



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