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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 by visiting our events page.


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.

About Cambridgeshire branch

The Cambridgeshire branch is ably led by its chair Carolyn Rand who, with the help of IoD staff and the volunteer committee, supports local members and organises inspirational and valuable business events in the area.

The IoD Cambridgeshire branch covers the whole county, as well as the PE postcodes of South Lincolnshire, and has a membership comprising a diverse cross-section of business leaders and senior executives. The branch’s role is to provide for the needs of local members within the scope of the IoD charter.

Under the leadership of Carolyn Rand, the committee, which represents local members' interests, puts together a diary of events to appeal to a wide range of people. These include networking meetings, company and industry visits and social activities. We work with neighbouring branches in the IoD East of England region on key events and to allow region-wide to access all events for our respective members.

The branch also has plans to engage more with the local business community, link with media organisations, improve connections with education and work hard to develop its appeal to diverse groups. We are particularly working on ways to improve communication with members and support for not-for-profit organisations such as charities.

All Cambridgeshire events can be attended by IoD members from other branches and in many cases non-members are also welcome to come along.

About Essex branch

The Essex branch of the Institute of Directors strives to ensure that the voice of Essex business leaders is heard and recognised within local, national, international and political arenas.

The branch is ably led by its chair Christine Bhatt who, with the help of her Ambassador group supports members and organises inspirational and valuable business events in the area. The branch events programme includes networking occasions, social opportunities and director development courses to further your business education and leadership skills.

The IoD is a membership organisation which helps business leaders become even better business leaders.

About Hertfordshire branch

The Hertfordshire branch of the IoD has around 1,400 members and is ably led by its chair, Richard McBarnet who, with the help of the Ambassador group and IoD staff, supports local members and organises inspirational and valuable business events in the area.  

The Hertfordshire branch covers all areas within Hertfordshire and also parts of Middlesex and Bedfordshire.  It has the largest number of members in the East of England and represents a diverse cross-section of business leaders and senior executives.

The branch hold a range of events throughout Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire aimed at providing business insights to enhance skills and knowledge and also quality local networking opportunities.  All of our events can be attended by any IoD member (not just Herts members), their guests and in some cases non-members.  

About Norfolk branch

Welcome to the Norfolk Branch of the IoD 

In Norfolk we have one of the most vibrant IoD branches in the UK. We have developed a wide ranging event programme which is designed to meet the needs of as many members and fellow business professionals as possible, with breakfast, lunch and evening seminar and social events, major corporate functions and mini-conferences - the IoD Norfolk Annual Dinner is usually the biggest event of its type from the IoD outside London. 

The branch aims to provide a ‘community’ or ‘club’ in which any member is welcome and is likely to meet with and get to know their business peers at events – in a relaxed and informative setting, not a forced ‘networking’ environment. 

If you are a member in Norfolk, and want to be updated on what's happening in the branch, make sure you have opted into local e-mails to receive full details of our events.  We aim to have fun; add value to our businesses and ourselves; and do some good in our community.

About Suffolk branch

The team within Suffolk is led by a team of volunteer Ambassadors. The branch aims to provide insights and networking that members cannot get locally elsewhere.

IoD Suffolk not only is creative in its events programme, it also partners with different organisations to deliver something different for its members. 

Important partners include MENTA, that together with IoD Suffolk created a mentoring scheme called Expert Connections to match business owners who are in the infancy of their business with experienced business leaders. This not only benefits both businesses, but contributes towards members’ CPD. The scheme has caught the attention of other IoD Branches that are evaluating adopting the scheme.

Members also give generously of their time to support local students with projects that aid their studies. The partnership with Suffolk One was one of the first such sixth form college relationships for an IoD Branch. We look forward to welcoming existing, new and non-members to our events.

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


As the UK heads towards the possibility of leaving the EU without a deal, it can be difficult for businesses to know where to go for guidance.  Amidst all the political noise and confusion, the IoD is here to give business leaders the information they need to help them prepare and plan.  A no-deal doesn’t have to mean no idea.

Visit the IoD Brexit hub for the most up to date information.

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