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Select panels of eminent Chartered Director exec and non-exec directors will then offer their perspectives and share insights into what the Covid-19 crisis has taught them about leadership and corporate governance, and how directors can harness lessons learnt to reignite their businesses.
We will also be announcing the winner of this year's coveted Chartered Director of the Year Award.
Chartered Directors are welcome to invite a guest to the event for free - please register below.
Jonathan was appointed Director General of the Institute of Directors in October 2019. Prior to this Jonathan spent 30 years working in the professional services sector, most recently at Grant Thornton International Ltd responsible for the organisation’s interest in China and previously as a global board member responsible for the brand.
Jonathan has a long-standing connection with the IoD, as Chair of IoD Yorkshire and North East region prior to his appointment as Director General. He is the author of three books on China and in addition to being a Fellow of the IoD he is also a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
He studied Geography and Archaeology at St. Andrews University specialising in underwater archaeology. Outside of work, his interests include hill walking and fell running. He was the navigator in a rally team for 20 years and following two years of training in extreme environments walked to the North Pole in 2016. He has completed other expeditions in Norway, the Canadian Arctic and the Everest region.Emma Hicks CertIoD
Emma Hicks is Head of Professional Development for the Institute of Directors and sits on the European Confederation of Director Association’s (EcoDa) education committee. Emma has dedicated her career to learning and development; supporting organisations to deliver meaningful and impactful solutions for the development of their boards and leadership teams.
Emma has a particular passion for blended learning approaches, utilising lots of different ways of delivering learning to improve engagement, application, behavioural change and performance improvement. Emma is responsible ensuring that the IoD’s DEVELOP offer is designed and delivered to the highest standards globally. Chartered Director is the pinnacle of the DEVELOP offer and is recognised globally as the gold standard in good governance and leadership.
Paul started his career as an electrician’s apprentice and has worked up to become a board director of a sustainable engineering business specialising in consultancy and learning and development. At present Paul is working with international clients on environmental compliance and in providing net zero carbon strategies, and, is developing a family of net zero carbon courses for the IET Academy including Smart Grids, Electrified Heat, Renewables Integration and LED Lighting.
Paul is a Chartered Engineer with the IET and CIBSE, a Chartered Director with the IoD and a Fellow of the Energy Institute. Paul is passionate about career development and also writes courses on this theme for the engineering community.
Ian Dormer CBE, CDir, HonFIoD, BA
Ian has been Managing Director of Blaydon on Tyne based specialist high voltage engineering contractor Rosh Engineering Ltd since 1989.
After joining the Institute of Directors for professional development and to share best practice he became more involved both regionally and nationally, being appointed national IoD Chairman in 2012 for a 3 year term.
Always passionate about promoting a positive business climate, it has resulted in past appointments to the Board of Regional Development Agency, ONE North East, through to Chairing Business Link Tyne & Wear among others. He also has a passion for life-long learning and qualified as a Chartered Director in 2013.
Ian was previously Chairman of Newcastle College, Chairman of the Primary Science Teaching Trust, and currently serves on the Board of the Employee Benefit Trust that manages the £70million turnover builder’s merchant JT Dove.
He was made a CBE in Her Majesty the Queen’s 2016 New Year Honours list.
Mario Thomas leads Experience Based Acceleration (EBA) for Amazon Web Services (AWS) in Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA). EBA is a transformation mechanism using experience to accelerate organisations’ cloud adoption. In his role, Mario works with strategists, technology leaders, line of business leaders, and executive stakeholders in enterprise and global multi-national customers, to drive alignment around accelerating cloud adoption.
Mario works with AWS customers to achieve transformative business outcomes including; driving new revenues, entering new markets and defining new product categories, delighting, exciting and becoming more intimate with their customers, and reducing waste through increasing operational excellence.
Mario is an AWS Press Spokesperson, a Chartered Director (elected 2006), and Fellow of the Institute of Directors in the United Kingdom. He has worked as a CEO, CIO, and CDO and held executive and non-executive positions on the Boards of a number of UK companies. He brings his experience of organizational transformation, corporate governance, compliance and risk to customer engagements at AWS. Mario holds a BSc. (Hons) in Software Engineering.
Talita is an experienced C-Suite executive, Non-Executive Director, Chartered Director, Chair of Audit, consultant, author and international speaker with more than 25 years of corporate experience with global brands, including KPMG; Investec Bank; BMW and Ford Credit Europe Bank Plc. She understands the financial language of business, strategy, and risk, as an experienced Chief Financial Officer and balances this with her expertise as an Executive Board Director of People; helping organisations and leaders to transform.
Talita is the former CFO and CHRO of BMW UK Ltd. and BMW Financial Services Ltd. and has led and implemented award-winning cultural transformation programmes in multiple industries. After leaving corporate life at the end of 2016, Talita published her first book, ‘The Authenticity Dilemma Resolved®’ and helped various organisations locally in the United Kingdom and internationally, to transform their leadership and cultural approaches.
Talita is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and a fellow of the Institute of Directors (“IOD”). She delivers strategy and leadership training for directors at the IOD and has created “Finance Inspired 4 Success” a training platform for finance professionals to improve leadership and team dynamics and “Global leadership Hypothesis” an interview series to understand what makes a great leader?
Talita’s passion is to help develop the next generation of finance business leaders to be inspired, transformational leaders who engage their teams for high performance and trust to unlock creativity, innovation and high levels of collaboration.Charlotte Valeur
Charlotte has been a director of 7 public companies, including three appointments as chair. During that period she has taken part in a complete restructuring of NTR Plc, the sale of Renewable Energy Generation Plc to BlackRock and, as Chair, overseen a $8bln Merger of FTSE250 Kennedy Wilson Europe Real Estate Plc with its US NYSE listed parent. Charlotte also has board experience with a range of unlisted companies including international engineering firm Laing O’Rourke, BT Pension Fund and as the National Chair of Institute of Directors U.K.
Charlotte is a corporate governance expert and a keen advocate for diversity in the boardroom, underpinning this advocacy with action by founding Board Apprentice. This not-for-profit organisation provides individuals hands-on experience at the very top of business, and has been cited in the U.K. Government’s recent reviews on ethnic and gender diversity in UK boardrooms as a resource for bringing about real change.
Before entering the field of governance, Charlotte worked in finance, where she has over 35 years’ experience. Her career included stints with Societe Generale, BNP-Paribas, and S.G. Warburg.
Suzy Walton is a former Senior Civil Servant with over twelve years’ experience in Cabinet Office, the Ministry of Defence and other Whitehall Departments. From 2000 to 2004 she was in the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit. She has also served in the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit. She current acts as a council member on the Government’s Thriving at Work Leadership Council.
She is a Board Member of the IoD, acting as Chairman for the Accreditation and Standards Committee, Vice-President and Council Member for the Royal Society of Medicine, and sits on the boards of other organizations including Combat Stress and Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.
Suzy has 7 children including a baby born this year. Previously she was a producer, presenter and editor for LBC Radio, BBC Television and Sky News. She also had a three-year stint as an actress in the West End as juvenile lead in ‘Children of a Lesser God’.Jennifer Tharp
Is President of Mastodon Consulting, where she works closely with boards, counsel, and executive leadership of large public companies, the Fortune 500, and high growth firms to increase fiduciary oversight,
transparency, and accountability. She leverages business leadership experience in multinational
environments, throughout the Americas and the EMEA region. She has built a reputation for operational
excellence, innovative strategic thinking, working with the highest level of integrity, and a deep and
passionate commitment to customer needs. Jennifer brings global, multi-functional experience in board leadership and operations in the public and private sectors. As board director, she has driven CEO succession, global expansion and acquisitions, ESG, diversity efforts, and agile and digital transformation. She has provided oversight in
multiple acquisitions, rebranding and digital transformation.
She is an inspirational leader who inspires action while grounded in financial information that levers the
business. Respected as a credible voice in decision making, Jennifer provides vision and execution to
start-up, high growth, and turnaround situations, particularly large-scale strategic shifts and major lifecycle
events, such as M&A and initial public stock offerings. Jennifer aligns stakeholders, identifies and
leverages trends, and guides organizations through harrowing transformation.
Jennifer holds a BSBA from Indiana Wesleyan University, and is an adjunct professor at UC BerkeleyJoanne Kennedy-Reardon
Joanne is a Chartered fellow of the Institute of Directors (IOD) and the Chief Financial Officer at ReGen Future Capital, a group set up to disrupt the traditional investment model and demonstrate that business can act as a positive changemaker in both fighting against global warming and supporting the restoration of our degraded ecosystems.
Prior to joining ReGen Joanne spent fifteen years as a director at the Amplio Energy Group, an early actor and consolidator in the solar energy, ground water reclamation and water reuse fields, where she gained a broad experience of the alternative energy and clean tech sectors. Her earlier career was spent in financial roles in the more traditional manufacturing and engineering sectors.
Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) responsibilities, the sustainability of resources and the impact of business in these areas as well as within the wider stakeholder groups are core aspects of the businesses that Joanne has been involved with. She is passionate about the empowerment of people both to thrive within their environment in a sustainable manner as well as the improvement health and wellbeing within their communities.
Joanne’s professional activities are further underpinned by her other professional Fellowships of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). She is also involved in a Non-Executive capacity with not-for-profit organisations and NGB’s, including serving as Chair at Taekwondo Organisation Limited and was formerly active in the Social Housing Sector.
She achieved IoD Chartered Director status and holds a fellowship. As a natural born entrepreneur, with her first business age 17, she also has experience across a wide array of industry sectors and a passion for enterprise.
Natalie has been integral to the success of strategic teams delivering profits whilst achieving industry awards with national and international luxury hospitality groups. A qualified interior architect, she has spent more than two decades working across the UK, Europe and Africa on projects for private owners and investors.
Natalie served as a trustee and board director at the Grade II Thackray Medical Museum, Leeds. She was the youngest chair ever appointed to regeneration charity the Groundwork Federation, where she served for eight years. She is director and shareholder of an exclusive, historic estate in Harrogate, where she served on the management team for several years.
Today, Natalie is a board director for the Royal Armouries.
Karl Pemberton FIoD, CDir, Dip PFS
Karl's career in finance began in 1995 with Yorkshire Bank. Aged 18 he quickly moved through the roles and in 1997 was entered onto the Banks' first Management Development Programme, a fast-track up the ladder in a historically 'time served' environment.
In 1999, Karl was then asked to help establish ‘Premium Banking’ in the North East; Yorkshire Bank's first steps into the High Net Worth market. This was followed by a Management Role within Premium Banking, making Karl the youngest within the Bank.
In 2005, Karl joined the RBS Private Banking team, as a regulated investment adviser. After two successful years however, Karl's father became seriously ill and he left to take over his father’s firm, Active Financial Planners.
Karl joined Active in May 2007 with a vision to develop the firm into one that was capable of challenging the services offered by the leading national providers, leaning on the knowledge gained in the previous 12 years, yet sticking firmly to the firms regional, ethical and family values.
During this time, Karl has lead the firm to become one of the region’s largest Independent Chartered Financial Planning firms to service the North East and Yorkshire, looking after over £400m of client assets.
As a Fellow of the Institute of Directors, Karl is one of only a handful of Chartered Directors in the North East and Yorkshire regions. His leadership achievements being recognised with invitations to be both a regional and national judge for the Institute of Directors ‘Director of the Year’ awards, and most recently, being asked to Chair the newly formed Institute of Directors NE (South) Branch.
Karl also finds time for philanthropic and charitable fundraising, holding a Trustee and Vice Chair position with the Middlesbrough and Teesside Philanthropic Foundation, also raising more than £30,000 in recent years for Mind and Prostate Cancer having climbed Mt Kilimanjaro (for a second time) and cycling to Amsterdam.