Meet Andy Leask, IoD Ambassador for Chartered Directors
As a Chartered civil and structural engineer, Andy saw an opportunity to improve his skills by taking the Chartered Director qualification in 2007. A firm advocate of the programme, he is now delighted to act as its ambassador and promote being a Chartered Director as the gold standard for directors.
Q: How long have you been involved with the IoD?
I joined in 2005
Q: Can you tell us a little about your career to date?
I graduated as a Civil Engineer in 1972, having done 3 periods, each of 6 months, as a site engineer around the UK.
I worked for a contractor on water and industrial projects for 3 years, then worked for an engineering consultancy for 6 years.
In 1984 I was joint founder of Rodgers Leask Ltd, civil/structural/geotechnical consulting engineers. I am still a Director of our business.
I became a Chartered Civil Engineer in 1979, Chartered Structural Engineer in 1984 and Chartered Director in 2007.
I am a Fellow of all three Institutions.
I was East Midlands Director of the Year (medium business) in 2015.
Q: What do you hope to achieve as an IoD Ambassador?
To encourage more Directors to become professionally qualified, to be active members of the IoD and to work towards becoming Chartered Directors.
Q: If you could give your 21 year old self some advice what would it be?
Be confident in your own ability and constantly seek to improve knowledge and ability in all areas, especially in commercial matters.
Q: What keeps you busy outside of work?
Badminton, golf, woodworking, drawing
Q: Are there any business related or policy issues that keep you awake at night?
Q: Why do you think business leaders should join the IoD?
To gain and reinforce knowledge from peers, to obtain formal training and qualifications and to be part of a family of like minded Directors, whilst working in a position that can be lonely.