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Institute of Directors announces new East of England Chair

24 Aug 2020
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Energy executive Biplab Rakshi will lead the IoD in the East of England

A corporate energy executive with former roles at Mobil Oil and TXU Europe has been appointed as the new biplab rakshiChair of the IoD in the East of England. Biplab Rakshi, who was instrumental in the founding of the UK Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) is the CEO of Suffolk-based Atomic Acquisitions, focusing on low carbon energy initiatives.  

Biplab steps into the role following the end of current Chair David Sales’ four-year tenure. He is no stranger to the IoD, having been a member for more than ten years and has served as Infrastructure Ambassador for the Essex region.  

Biplab was born in India, was educated in the UK and USA, and worked and travelled extensively around the world before settling in Essex where he now lives with his seven-year-old son and wife Dr Monica Bose, who is a Consultant Gastroenterologist and Associate Medical Director at Harlow’s Princess Alexandra NHS Trust.  
Taking on the Chair role at this critical period as the region navigates out of lockdown and into Brexit, Biplab sees opportunities for growth as well as challenges.  

“The IoD is a unique institution based on individuals, and that gives us a personal insight into the views of the region’s directors,” says Biplab. “If we can bring the right people together to connect and collaborate, we can build  a stronger, more successful business community.  

“It is an honour to represent our membership as the IoD East Chair. This is a region with so much potential, and I see the IoD as key to connecting and exerting collective influence. I want us to make the most of every opportunity to create a collaborative business community and shine a light on the East of England as the place to do business.”  

David Sales, outgoing IoD East Chair said. “We felt that Biplab’s extensive private sector expertise and his passion for driving collaboration, opportunity and resilience was exactly what our members in the region need. I know Biplab will do an incredible job and I wish him the very best in the role.” 

Simone Robinson, Regional Director at IoD East said, “Biplab has been a valued member of the IoD for many years, and the passion and expertise he brings to the role will bring tangible benefits to the region. On behalf of our members in the region, I would like to thank our outgoing Chair, David Sales for his hard work and dedication over the last four years. Much of what we achieve for our members wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of business leaders willing to pay back to the business community with their time and expertise.” 

Biplab will take over as the IoD East of England Chair on 19 August 2020.

IoD East of England Press Release New IoD East Chair Biplab Rakshi


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Notes to editors 

 •         The Institute of Directors is a non-party political organisation, founded in 1903. Membership includes directors from right across the business spectrum – from media to manufacturing, professional services to the public and voluntary sectors. Members include CEOs of large corporations as well as entrepreneurial directors of start-up companies.

 •         The IoD was granted a Royal Charter in 1906, instructing it to "represent the interests of members and of the business community to government and in the public arena, and to encourage and foster a climate favourable to entrepreneurial activity and wealth creation." 

•         The Charter also tasks the Institute with promoting "for the public benefit high levels of skill, knowledge, professional competence and integrity on the part of directors", which the IoD seeks to achieve through its training courses and publications on corporate governance.

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