Regional Director Update
Despite the political and economic uncertainty of 2018, the IoD continued to deliver tangible gains for members by responding directly to their opinions, concerns and challenges. We were the first major business group to call for a Brexit transition period, and this was subsequently agreed. Then there was reform of the Apprenticeship Levy following our members’ views being raised in discussions. We also continue to shape the corporate governance debate, leading on the creation of the Wates corporate governance principles, launched this year.
Our Professional Development programmes have gone from strength to strength, and 2018 was a record-breaking year for take up by members and non members who wanted to hone their skills as directors. We also launched our new Digital Academy, (www.iod.com/academy) which confirmed determination to provide directors and business leaders with training that is timely, relevant, varied and delivered in the way that busy directors want to access it. If you haven’t tried it yet, you’re missing out on a major benefit of IoD membership.
New IoD Mastermind Groups launched
Following successful pilots, 2018 saw us introduce our Mastermind Groups across the region. These offer a combination of brainstorming, education, peer accountability and support in a group setting to sharpen business and personal skills. The ethos is to provide a positive, informal but challenging and supportive space to discuss issues that confront directors on a daily basis. The format is simple, with introductions and feedback before all members share a summary of topics they would like to discuss. Groups are now established in Derby, Leicester, Lincoln, Northampton and Nottingham, These are strictly ‘members only’ and there are a few spaces remaining in some groups. New groups will be established in 2019 to meet the increasing demand.
For more information, please contact us on 0115 848 6190
Director of the Year Awards
Our new look Director of the Year Awards celebrated the success of directors and businesses across the East Midlands and we’d really like you to share your success by entering this year’s awards which are open for nominations and entries. Effective, dynamic, ambitious and creative leaders deserve recognition, so whether you are involved in media or manufacturing, e-commerce or the public or third sector, an entrepreneurial director of a start-up company or an NXD of a large corporation, why not share your success?
Visit our new dedicated website below for more information and to enter or nominate.
And while we’re talking about awards…
Why not become a sponsor? Sponsorship packages are available for the Director of the Year Awards with benefits for including exclusive profile and recognition, membership of judging panel, presenting the award at the prestigious Director of the Year Lunch, bespoke trophy, 2 places at the awards lunch, logo placement in all printed material, photographs on the day and more. Please contact Cari Grice on 0115 848 6190 for more information.
Opportunities also exist for other events and activities.
IoD £10 Challenge success
I’d also like to recognise and offer thanks and congratulations to all those who took part in our IoD £10 Challenge this year. We are delighted to announce that a total of £6686 was raised this year, but the total for the 5 years that we’ve been running the challenge has resulted in more than £45,000 being secured for the John van Geest Cancer Research Centre. A truly fantastic achievement by the enterprising students at Nottingham Trent University, with support from our IoD members who gave so generously of their time. Thank you!
Thank you to our sponsors and supporters
I’d like to take the opportunity to thank our sponsors for their fantastic support during 2018:
- East Midlands Airport
- Nottingham Trent University
- Nottingham Business School
- Rachel Hargrave Consulting
- Department for International Trade.
- University of Lincoln
- Morningside Pharmaceuticals
- Streets Chartered Accountants
- jch: wealth management
Without their incredible support we couldn’t have achieved as much as we did throughout the year. All have been very supportive and we’re looking forward to working with them in the future.
Thanks too must go to our very committed and hardworking committees and ambassadors for supporting our excellent programme of events for 2018 and developing our programme for 2019 and details of some of these are in this magazine.
Finally thank you to all those members and non members who have attended our events and contributed to their success. I hope you had a very Happy Christmas and hope you enjoy a very successful 2019.Ron LynchRegional Director East Midlands