IoD Branch Ambassador Introduction
IoD East of England are pleased to be represented across our vibrant and successful region by IoD Ambassadors who are specialists in their fields. Our IoD Ambassadors are charged with leading in a chosen topic area/function that is their expertise or focus, whilst also promoting the benefits of IoD membership and the CPD route to Chartered Director.
Below you will find an introduction to one of our highly valued Ambassadors who would be pleased to connect with you via Twitter or LinkedIn. Please contact the IoD East of England regional office for more information regarding becoming an IoD Ambassador.
Your name: Paul Durrant
Your title/role and company name: Consultant/Owner of PDT Sales Consultancy
Your IoD branch: Essex
Your IoD Branch Ambassador roles: Small Business Ambassador
Your social media handles e.g Twitter, LinkedIn etc: Twitter: @pauldurrant12
Q: How long have you been involved with the IoD?
12 years as a member, 5 years as an ambassador.
Q: Can you tell us a little about your career to date?
Over 30 years in sales and business development, employed in a number of roles from field sales up to sales director. The last six years as an independent sales consultant, coach and trainer– advising small businesses on all matters relating to sales and entrepreneurship.
Q: What do you hope to achieve as an IoD Branch Ambassador?
Continue contributing to the local business community and being a productive member of society (as per my sustainable business model commitments).
Q: If you could give your 21 year old self some advice what would it be?
(1) Don’t rush to get old
(2) Find yourself a mentor (learn by some of their mistakes)
(3) Take your business seriously but don’t take yourself seriously
Q: What keeps you busy outside of work?
Volunteering: IOD Essex Business Ambassador, Mentor for Career Ready (mentoring year 7 to 11 students across South Essex), Regional Volunteer for Crimestoppers Essex, Race Marshal for St Luke’s Hospice Basildon.
Home Life: Work life balance is important to me. I enjoy family time, supporting my young adult children in their endeavours, reading (I am a published author myself) and maintaining a minimum level of fitness in my everyday life.
Q: Are there any business related or policy issues that keep you awake at night?
The never ending ‘deal or no-deal’ Brexit saga!
Q: Why do you think business leaders should join the IoD?
To take advantage of the IOD’s industry leading personal development resources, to amplify their business voice and to extend their network of influence i.e. your network is your net worth!