IoD appoints Natalie Gasson as business voice for East Midlands
The Institute of Directors (IoD) has appointed Natalie Gasson as its Policy Voice Ambassador for the East Midlands.
Natalie is Head of Operations at the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership, which supports and encourages economic growth across Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.
She will lead the IoD’s powerful Policy Voice programme in the region, which enables directors to influence government ministers and policy makers through regular round tables and surveys.
The IoD has helped to secure vital support for business leaders during the Covid-19 pandemic, including financial assistance for wage bills and changes to insolvency rules.
Through Policy Voice, the IoD was able to provide the government with first-hand reports from members across the UK who are dealing with the fallout from the crisis.
Natalie is also on the Board of Trustees at Nottingham Playhouse and spent more than eight years as development manager for the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.
She said: “The Covid-19 pandemic has demonstrated why businesses, their directors and employees need strong representation in the corridors of power. We need to hear the experiences of East Midlands companies so that we can feed back their issues, challenges and successes to those who make decisions on our behalf.
“Whether you run a large business that trades internationally or a start-up that is beginning its business journey, the IoD is here to support you.”
Natalie Sykes, regional director for IoD East Midlands, added: “Policy Voice is a fantastic platform where we can work together as directors to share knowledge and deliver real change. Natalie’s LEP background makes her the perfect candidate to take Policy Voice in the East Midlands to the next level.”
Other Policy Voice Ambassadors include Rashmi Dubé of Legatus Law, Leeds, who played a key role in delivering change over late payments. Rashmi records the IoD’s regional Policy Voice podcast, which is available via Apple Music and Spotify.
The IoD is the UK’s number one organisation for directors, providing support, events, professional development and a lobbying voice for all types of business.
Entries are open for the IoD’s Director of the Year Awards 2020 – the annual search for the most talented business leaders in the East Midlands.
The deadline for nominations is 30 April while the deadline to enter is 29 May. Apply here: https://www.iodawards.com/eastmidlands
The winners will be announced at an awards lunch at Winstanley House, Leicester on 17 September.