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ARE YOU READY TO BE A PART OF THE UK’S MOST INFLUENTIAL LEADERSHIP ORGANISATION?

Welcome to the East of England regional branch of the UK’s only organisation run by directors, for directors - the Institute of Directors. As an IoD member you will be part of a strong regional and national business community that is influential, informed and enabled through a portfolio of membership benefits.

The cost of joining the Institute of Directors? 

Qualifying business leaders can join today for just £35 per month with NO JOINING FEE to pay in 2021.

Just some of the extensive benefits your IoD membership includes:
✓ An invitation to a calendar of events including high-profile speakers and exclusive locations.
✓ 25 calls per year to the IoD’s dedicated legal and tax helplines.
Exclusive access to prestigious premises across the UK, including the iconic 116 Pall Mall, London
✓ Access to an extensive range of globally recognised qualifications and CPD including Charted Director.
✓ Use of the IoD Business Information Service, valued at more than £3000 per year.
✓ Four sessions of professional business consultation every year
✓ Unlimited access to the IoD’s extensive business library
✓ The opportunity to learn and develop at your own pace through the IoD Digital Academy. Build your personal brand with digital IoD member assets.

We are often asked: Do I have to be a director to join the IoD?

The answer is no. The IoD is for all business leaders. 

Whether you are an aspiring director or a CEO, the IoD is about mindset to collaborate, influence, develop and drive excellence.

Full membership is just £35 per month, you can join as an associate member at £17 per month or talk to us about our growing student programme, enabling future leaders. Join more than 21,000 Directors worldwide? 

Call today or email East@iod.com to find out how to take your role as a director to the next level with IoD East of England.

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 Interim Chair Alison Shadrack 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?

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 is led by a 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!

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

  • The earliest evidence of mankind found outside of Africa was discovered in Norfolk: 850,000 year old footprints at Happisburgh!

  • Perhaps more important than all of the above, Norfolk is considered to be the birthplace of the humble fish finger

Welcome to Institute of Directors in Suffolk

A warm welcome from the IoD Suffolk branch and ambassadors to our branch members, regional members, those who are interested in joining or learning more about IoD Suffolk. 

Here in Suffolk, we are fortunate to have a vibrant and diverse community of businesses ranging from solopreneurs to large SMEs and UK national companies in a multitude of sectors from food, farming, fisheries and agri-tech to manufacturing, renewable energy and digital tech. 

IoD Suffolk is supporting its directors through the new IoD “Connect,” “Develop” and “Influence” model, where we reach out and help our members with events, CPD and thought leadership. 

The IoD has a global reputation for these activities and is expanding its reach continuously. As a branch we want to connect with as many directors and future directors as possible both physically and virtually. We have a rich history of debates, panel events and factory visits, which support our members to develop into the most capable and accomplished directors, benefiting both governance and the economy. 

In addition, IoD Suffolk is partnering with the University of Suffolk and other educational establishments with governance and related CPD and mentoring in line with the branch and regional objectives.

If you are an existing member and would like to do more, or are thinking of joining a premier organisation with a global reach please east@iod.com. 

We are here to represent you, stay connected with us on LinkedIn at IoD East of England to be the first to hear about Suffolk news and events.

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John Cockburn-Evans, Interim Chair, IoD Suffolk 





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 sponsorship opportunities in  the East of England please email: East@iod.com


Contact IoD East of England

For more information, please contact.

Tel:  01223 739 714

East of England

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