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East of England

Welcome to the Enterprising East!

The East of England is fast becoming known as a dynamic and rich business centre. With a dramatic increase in new businesses, this thriving area has a vast array of forward thinking and innovative companies.

Here at the IoD in the East of England, we are building a rich and diverse community of business leaders. From start-ups to established businesses the IoD East of England is passionate about serving the unique needs of all our members. Because we understand the challenges that businesses face, we seek to empower our members with leading expertise and support. We offer high quality personal and professional development, senior level peer support, the chance to impact policy that affects your business, access to our specialist help and resources along with our fantastic IoD networking opportunities and events.

To learn more about the IoD’s flourishing community in the Enterprising East, Contact Regional Director Simone Robinson

Join us at one of our events across the region! 

Keep up to date on all the exciting upcoming events across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.

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East of England Branches

The East of England region encompasses five separate branches in Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire (includes Middlesex and parts of South Bedfordshire), Norfolk and Suffolk.

Cambridgeshire branch

IoD Cambridgeshire encompasses not only Cambridgeshire but the PE postcodes of South Lincolnshire. Led by Chairperson Carolyn Rand and her team of Ambassadors, whose knowledge and expertise span across a variety of industries ensures all our members are represented. Driven by the unique needs of our members, we deliver insightful and relevant events such as executive education events, networking opportunities and expert connection for mentoring. All events are tailored specifically to aid your personal development and that of your business. We offer you the fastest and best way to build meaningful connections from within our enterprising, vibrant and diverse business community across the East of England. 

Joining us allows you access not only to our expert support and resources but our exclusive IoD East of England network. Your membership allows you to seamlessly experience other branch events and build connections spanning across the East of England. Your IoD Voice will be heard not just locally, but nationally and internationally, strengthening the global business landscape and driving you and your business forward!  

Did you know?

Oliver Cromwell’s head is buried in Cambridge in a secret location. He died in 1658 and was buried in Westminster Abbey, but when Charles II was restored to the throne three years later, he had his body exhumed and posthumously executed!

Lord Byron kept a bear in his rooms when he was a student at Trinity College. Apparently he was annoyed by the rule that students were not allowed to keep dogs at the university so he went out and bought a bear instead!

Ely Has it’s Own Film Star Status.This market-vibes city has become a prime location for movie makers, especially the Ely Cathedral. For example, Al Pacino’s Revolution and The King’s Speech was filmed there, and more recently Netflix’s The Crown was filmed here too.



Essex branch

IoD Essex is led by Chairperson Ross Chaplin and his team of Ambassadors, whose knowledge and expertise span across a variety of industries ensures all our members are represented. Driven by the unique needs of our members, we deliver insightful and relevant events such as executive education events, networking opportunities and expert connection for mentoring. All events are tailored specifically to aid your personal development and that of your business. We offer you the fastest and best way to build meaningful connections from within our enterprising, vibrant and diverse business community across the East of England.

Joining us allows you access not only to our expert support and resources but our exclusive IoD East of England network. Your membership allows you to seamlessly experience other branch events and build connections spanning across the East of England. Your IoD Voice will be heard not just locally, but nationally and internationally, strengthening the global business landscape and driving you and your business forward!

Did you know?

The first crocodile to be brought to the UK was in 1701 by Richard Bradley who kept it in the lake and grounds of his home in Braintree!

Chelmsford was once the capital of England for a few days when the seat of Government was temporarily moved to the town 600 years ago.

Colchester had its own mint - It was so important that it helped the Royal Mint in London produce all the Roman coins made for Britain.

Hertfordshire branch

IoD Hertfordshire encompasses not only Hertfordshire but also parts of Middlesex and Bedfordshire. Led by Chairperson Richard McBarnet and his team of Ambassadors, whose knowledge and expertise span across a variety of industries ensures all our members are represented. Driven by the unique needs of our members, we deliver insightful and relevant events such as executive education events, networking opportunities and expert connection for mentoring. All events are tailored specifically to aid your personal development and that of your business. We offer you the fastest and best way to build meaningful connections from within our enterprising, vibrant and diverse business community across the East of England.  

Joining us allows you access not only to our expert support and resources but our exclusive IoD East of England network. Your membership allows you to seamlessly experience other branch events and build connections spanning across the East of England. Your IoD Voice will be heard not just locally, but nationally and internationally, strengthening the global business landscape and driving you and your business forward!  

Did you know?

The first paper mill in Britain - Sele Mill near Hertford - was established by John Tate in about 1488. Its paper was used by, among others, the great London printer Wynkyn de Worde, business partner of Caxton.

The world's first jet airliner was the British de Havilland DH 106 Comet and it was developed by de Havilland at Hatfield Aerodrome. It first flew in 1949 and featured an aerodynamically clean design with four de Havilland Ghost turbojet engines buried in the wing roots.

The world's very first satellite that can monitor the planet's winds called Aeolus was built in Stevenage.

Norfolk branch

IoD Norfolk led by Chairperson Michael Harrowven and his team of Ambassadors, whose knowledge and expertise span across a variety of industries ensures all our members are represented. Driven by the unique needs of our members, we deliver insightful and relevant events such as executive education events, networking opportunities and expert connection for mentoring. All events are tailored specifically to aid your personal development and that of your business. We offer you the fastest and best way to build meaningful connections from within our enterprising, vibrant and diverse business community across the East of England. 

Joining us allows you access not only to our expert support and resources but our exclusive IoD East of England network. Your membership allows you to seamlessly experience other branch events and build connections spanning across the East of England. Your IoD Voice will be heard not just locally, but nationally and internationally, strengthening the global business landscape and driving you and your business forward!  

Did you know?

'On The Ball City', Norwich City Football club's song, is the oldest football chant that is still being sung in UK football clubs today!

Norfolk is well known for its strong military history where the largest naval base in the US is located and NATO is headquartered.

Bishy Barnabee - The Norfolk dialect, also known as Broad Norfolk, is a dialect spoken by those living in Norfolk.



Suffolk branch


IoD Suffolk led by Chairperson Elizabeth Pearce and her team of Ambassadors, whose knowledge and expertise span across a variety of industries ensures all our members are represented. Driven by the unique needs of our members, we deliver insightful and relevant events such as executive education events, networking opportunities and expert connection for mentoring. All events are tailored specifically to aid your personal development and that of your business. We offer you the fastest and best way to build meaningful connections from within our enterprising, vibrant and diverse business community across the East of England. 

Joining us allows you access not only to our expert support and resources but our exclusive IoD East of England network. Your membership allows you to seamlessly experience other branch events and build connections spanning across the East of England. Your IoD Voice will be heard not just locally, but nationally and internationally, strengthening the global business landscape and driving you and your business forward!  

Did you know?

Suffolk is the furthest East you can go in the UK!

Suffolk is where you’ll find Britain’s smallest pub. At 15ft by 7ft, the Nutshell pub in Bury St Edmunds is officially Britain’s smallest pub!

Harry Potter was born in Suffolk…and so was Voldemort. The medieval village of Lavenham in Suffolk was the inspiration for Harry Potter’s fictional birthplace, Godric’s Hollow, and its magical streets feature in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 and Part 2.




IoD East of England would like to thank the following organisation for supporting activities in their local branches;

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Supporters and sponsorship

If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a regional or a branch supporter, further details can be found within the following document. Read on for more details of these exciting opportunities available to businesses within the region.

Sponsorship Opportunities Document 2019

Contact IoD East of England

For more information, please contact.

020 3006 2729

East of England

Branch and staff contacts can be found on the main Contacts tab


IoD East of England
The Bradfield Centre
184 Cambridge Science Park
Milton Road
Cambridge
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