Clive Parrish, chair of Isle of Man IoD,is also a business coach and non-executive director of CDP Associates. Here he talks about economic diversity, why the island is a great place to do business
and his plans for the next 12 months
Why are you proud to represent the IoD?
The IoD is a well-respected professional organisation that promotes and provides opportunities for directors to improve and learn. Educated leaders are more likely to be effective leaders and the IoD provides that education.
What is the IoD’s role for Isle of Man’s business leaders?
We have a diverse economy here and we have sought to broaden our membership base by encouraging diversity. We aim to provide networking opportunities, director-level training and continuing professional development (CPD) across all sectors, including the public and third sectors. We also represent the business community by supporting or challenging the government.
Who do you represent?
While the Isle of Man is recognised as an international finance centre, it has a diverse economy and our growing membership, currently over 300 members, reflects that diversity. We have members from ICT, online business and gaming, precision engineering, aerospace, facilities management and construction, together with members from the public and third sectors.
Which sectors would you like to attract?
We have a lot to offer directors from all sectors and all size of business. Our job is to make the branch relevant to any business leader wishing to improve their knowledge and skills.
What is so unique about your region?
The Isle of Man has benefited from over 30 years of continuous growth and a diverse economy. It is a great place to live and a safe environment in an increasingly dangerous world. In March 2016 the entire island was designated a biosphere reserve by world heritage body Unesco, recognising it as one of the best places in the world to explore nature.
What does your branch offer business leaders?
We provide a varied programme of events, including two prestige lunches in spring and autumn, breakfast seminars, evening CPD events, a quarterly dining club and other networking events. We attract high-quality speakers to our events and raise funds for local charities.
What are you particularly proud of about your branch?
In the last year we have supported a number of local business initiatives that have influenced government decisions, underlining the Isle of Man IoD’s ever-increasing profile.
What are you most looking forward to in the next 12 months?
Further growth in membership across all sectors. The Isle of Man, like most economies across the world, has challenges ahead and I hope our influence on the island continues to grow. The island has a well-regulated international finance sector and we encourage both members and non-members to undertake the Certificate and Diploma in Company Direction and go on to chartered status.
What's your personal business ethos and who do you admire as a business leader?
My ethos is to encourage everyone to be the best they can and to operate with integrity above all other considerations. When I set up my own business after 30 years in a large corporate, an old university friend told me not to forget my own personal development. She was right and I encourage everyone to keep learning as we will never know everything.