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: Andrew Griffiths
Your title/role and company name: Operations Director
Your IoD branch: Hertfordshire
Your IoD Branch Ambassador role: Ambassador for Young Directors
Your social media handles e.g Twitter, LinkedIn etc
Q: How long have you been involved with the IoD?
Since October 2016 when I joined as a student member with LSBU. In August 2017 I moved onto an IoD 99 membership.
Q: Can you tell us a little about your career to date?
Since leaving University I have predominately worked with start-ups. Initially I was in healthcare, working for a hospital at home service called ORLA Healthcare as a Graduate Management Trainee. Unfortunately, this company went into administration when a sale of the company fell through and the venture capital fund behind the company pulled out.
I then moved into organisational development roles at two companies simultaneously, one at Astute Electronics and the other with Your Town CIC. I have since taken on a senior role at Your Town CIC as Operations Director and am working to grow the company significantly in the coming years.
Q: What do you hope to achieve as an IoD Branch Ambassador?
I hope to represent, support and attract a younger demographic of business leaders to the IoD. I am a committee member of the Young Directors Forum Central London Branch and have organised multiple highly successful events, including one at the Houses of Parliament in November 2017 for the YDF 10th Anniversary. I hope to bring my experience in getting young people involved in scaling branch activities voluntarily, as well as event organisation to assist the Hertfordshire branch in doing as much with it’s resources as it possibly can to attract and retain members, particularly those under the age of 40.
Q: If you could give your 21 year old self some advice what would it be?
Don’t under-allocate time for personal development and network growth alongside work activities. Get out and meet more people, form meaningful relationships and seek ways to add value without expectation of reward.
Q: What keeps you busy outside of work?
Working with the Young Directors Forum, the League of Innovators (in Canada) and helping to organise LinkedIn Local events takes up plenty of time. Beyond that I enjoy a variety of sports, social running, salsa dancing and playing a number of instruments. I keep busy…
Q: Are there any business related or policy issues that keep you awake at night?
Mainly for me it is the process of securing funding / grants for community initiatives. Unlike selling products/services directly to users, we instead often have to convince other parties to support initiatives based upon their social impact, which is often much harder to measure as a function of ROI!
Q: Why do you think business leaders should join the IoD?
Principal reasons for me would be the networking and opportunities that can arise from being an active member (emphasis on active), as well as access to the business advisory service and training.