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: Jim Fanshawe
Your title/role and company name: Founder, Director, Your Export Department Ltd.
Your IoD branch: Suffolk
Your IoD Branch Ambassador roles: Brexit and Greater Ipswich
Your social media handles e.g Twitter, LinkedIn etc: @JimFanshawe
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Q: How long have you been involved with the IoD?
I am just starting my third year as a member of the IoD. I originally joined as an IoD99 member.
Q: Can you tell us a little about your career to date?
I studied European Business Administration at University in 1992 just after the Single Market was completed with the 'four freedoms' of: movement of goods, services, people and money. The EU was expanding and with it, the opportunity for businesses in the UK.
After my course, I went on to pursue a career in international business which included taking positions managing international supply chains, being part of overseas joint ventures and focusing on extensive global international business development.
I then worked for UKTI (now called DIT) as a Senior International Trade Advisor which gave me an insight into consultancy.
I now run my own business to act as a sub-contract export department.
I am passionate about helping UK firms succeed in developing business overseas and that’s what drives me on to offer everything from advice through to the full functionality of an outsourced export department.
Q: What do you hope to achieve as an IoD Branch Ambassador?
I would like to provide expert comment to local businesses looking to steer their companies through a period of change and uncertainty for international trade.
Much has been said of the impact – negative and positive – of Brexit. I would like to use my ambassador role to reassure and advise businesses on how to negotiate any upheaval.
I will also have responsibility for the businesses in the Greater Ipswich area giving me the opportunity to champion the great and good in my home town.
Q: If you could give your 21 year old self some advice what would it be?
Don’t be afraid of failure and do more of the things that scare you.
Q: What keeps you busy outside of work?
I am father to three young children so that keeps me on my toes. My four-year-old son is a keen rugby supporter too, so I have to keep on top of the scores.
Work life balance is important to me. I enjoy family days out and I’m increasingly aware of the importance of maintaining some level of activity and fitness in my everyday life.
I like to build in time to play tennis or go for a jog.
Q: Are there any business related or policy issues that keep you awake at night?
Any business owner will tell you that you can never just shut up shop at 5pm. I am always thinking about work. However, the key to keeping this in check is to focus only on things I can be proactive about. Doing this helps me sleep well!
One of the things I am concentrating on right now is watching how Brexit unfolds.
A large part of my business relates to helping companies shape their international strategy which Brexit will impact.
While I am not directly involved in the negotiations, I am planning ways to position clients so every eventuality is considered.
Q: Why do you think business leaders should join the IoD?
Nobody has the answer to everything but a lot of people are experts within their field. The IoD brings these experts together making collective wisdom.
This is a network that can offer support to people who want to become better business leaders.
It’s collective power also provide one voice to influence key policy makers.