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Introducing our new Norfolk Branch Ambassador - James Kidd

02 Aug 2018
IoD East of England

IoD Branch Ambassador Introduction

Your name:James Kidd

Your title/role and company name: Partner, Mills & Reeve LLP

Your IoD branch: Norfolk

Your IoD Branch Ambassador role:HR

Your social media handles e.g Twitter, LinkedIn etcAs myself, James Kidd, on LinkedIn


Q: How long have you been involved with the IoD?

I have been attending IoD events for many, many years, but only recently joined as a member.

Q: Can you tell us a little about your career to date?

I qualified as a lawyer back in 1998, working at a firm in Ipswich.  Prior to that I had taken two years out immediately post degree, working for the Law Society, which gave me a valuable insight into business life.  In 2000 I joined Eversheds in Norwich (now Eversheds Sutherland) and spent 9 years  there before joining Mills & Reeve.  I am an employment lawyer, working primarily for employers, but occasionally also for employees, specialising in executive severances, TUPE and large scale change projects.  As a partner I lead a dedicated team of employment, pension and immigration lawyers in our Norwich office (as part of our national offering).  I love working for Mills & Reeve LLP – a firm that genuinely cares about its people – and providing outstanding service  to our clients.

Q: What do you hope to achieve as an IoD Branch Ambassador

To work with excellent people, to provide a voice for the HR/employment community , to gain a greater insight into working with business and to have an opportunity to help influence the direction of travel for IoD locally and on a wider scale.

Q: If you could give your 21 year old self some advice what would it be?

Pause and reflect more often (I am an enthusiastic person  - sometimes it can be more prudent to think more before leaping/thinking).

Q: What keeps you busy outside of work?

Family, books, films and running (in no particular order)

Q: Are there any business related or policy issues that keep you awake at night?

I know this is largely metaphorical, but in reality, I am pretty good at switching off  - I do my thinking (and where necessary, worrying) during the day.  Right now, those are around development of my team and the business, and of course what Brexit will mean for us all.

Q: Why do you think business leaders should join the IoD?

Together, we are stronger.

Together, we can share know how, passion and have one voice – for the good of business.

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