We talk to David Stringer-Lamarre, The IoD City of London chair, and managing director of Fortis Consulting, about the business leaders in his region
Why are you pleased to represent the IoD?
The organisation has a strong focus on effective business leadership, governance, engagement with government and driving forward performance.
What’s the IoD’s role to the City’s business leaders?
IoD City provides a rich ecosystem of business people to engage with. The branch interacts with many stakeholders and partners and represents its members when communicating with the City of London Corporation and the government. Due to the international background of the City and Canary Wharf there is significant engagement throughout the year with international companies, high commissions and embassies.
Tell me a little about your members
IoD City is comprised of 1100 members ranging from directors of smaller businesses to the largest City institutions; significant numbers come from financial, professional and business support services. Members have a keen interest in international trade, innovation and entrepreneurship. We have four special interest groups: China, property, financial services & young executives.
We are a strong supporter of diversity of thought and have worked with several Lord Mayors and their agendas in this area. The branch continues to increase the percentage of women members and attract younger business people.
What is so unique about your region?
The City and Canary Wharf are very performance driven areas with a diverse business population reflecting its status in the world. Financial services is core and there is a deep interest in innovation, entrepreneurship and cross border trade.
What does your region/branch offer business leaders?
We run events throughout the year which are very well attended. These may be on general business topics e.g. Economic Forecast 2016, as well as sector focused ones organised by four special interest groups. We also have several flagship events including dinner in the House of Commons with the all party parliamentary China group and dinner with the Lord Mayor in Mansion House. The branch has strong links with the City of London and several former IoD City chairs have been Lord Mayors, including the president & immediate past chairman, Sir David Wootton.
What are you most looking forward to, as IoD regional chair, in the next 12 months?
Working with the talented committee, and members, to further build the events programme, and our engagement with stakeholders and decision makers, within a framework focused on business innovation and success.
Finally what's your personal business ethos?
I strive to be part of dynamic teams that look to put business performance at the centre of the agenda. Innovation, entrepreneurship, effective management and sound governance are cornerstones of success.