Jennifer Houghton, the newly elected Chair of the IoD Isle of Man branch is also a co-owner of a successful island e-gaming company, a non-executive director of several island businesses and a trustee of the Isle of Man Hospice at Home charity.
Here she talks about why she moved to the Island, why it’s a great place to do business, and also why she is honoured to be chosen to be the new Chair of the IoD Isle of Man branch.
Why are you proud to represent the IoD Isle of Man branch?
The businesses on the Isle of Man are very involved with local society, not just from an economic perspective but also from a social aspect. The IoD is here to offer support, inspiration and guidance to the leaders of those businesses and I am proud to represent that organisation on the island.
What is the IoD’s role on the Isle of Man?
Our role is to support businesses by helping to develop their leaders by offering a wide variety of training and continuous professional development (CPD) programmes that provide a broad range of content to suit the diversity of the island’s business. The IoD Isle of Man branch also provides excellent networking opportunities bringing together leaders across all sectors including private, public and third sectors.
Who do you represent?
We have around 300 members across a diverse and growing economy, with member businesses reflecting that diversity including eGaming, banking & finance, legal, online businesses, precision engineering, aerospace, biotech, as well as the public and third sectors.
What is unique about the Isle of Man?
The island is a beautiful place to live and work, and while it has a long history of independence it has also kept a close eye on the changing global environment and has been successful in proactively adapting to those changes, helping to shape its role in the world and being at the forefront of global business regulation.
In recent years we have supported a number of local business initiatives that have influenced government decisions, underlining the IoD Isle of Man branch’s ever-increasing profile. By encouraging good corporate governance through regular seminars that include civil servants, by attracting young directors with the IoD99 initiative and by hosting regular high calibre networking opportunities, the IoD Isle of Man branch hopes to be the eyes and ears of valued and talented decision makers who will help shape the future of the Isle of Man.
What’s your personal business ethos?
Always be true to yourself.