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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.

Contact IoD East of England

For more information, please contact.

020 3006 2729

East of England

Branch and staff contacts can be found on the main Contacts tab

IoD East of England
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