A former global hospitality executive has been appointed as the new regional lead for the Institute of Directors (IoD) in the East of England.
Cambridgeshire-based Richard Holdaway joins the IoD from Corus and Laura Ashley Hotels. His role as senior branch manager will see him lead the membership organisation in the East of England, with plans for a series of local and regional events and collaborations already underway.
IoD East of England represents thousands of directors across the region, encompassing Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Suffolk and Norfolk. With a focus on recovery, the organisation promises a range of initiatives in the coming months, as Richard explains.
“We have seen regional membership steadily growing in the last few months, which is a great indicator that our business community is ready to embrace new opportunities,” says Richard.
“There is significant investment across the East of England, and our focus is on building momentum around a multitude of new opportunities that will develop new jobs and housing and give businesses an opportunity for growth.
“Alongside this, we know our members have missed the business and social events we are so well-known for, so we are planning a calendar of events across the East that will also support some of the region’s outstanding hospitality venues.”
IoD East recently announced the pilot launch of its Tomorrow’s Director Programme for students and will once again search for the region’s most successful and inspirational directors in the 2021 Director of the Year Awards, opening for entries this month.
“We haven’t stood still,” says Richard. “We have continued to support our members, create opportunities to develop and influence, and we know that there is a strong appetite to get back to business. There has never been a better time to be part of the IoD East of England business community.”