The chair Chris Clark outlines the strengths and achievements of the island branch.
What does the IoD mean to you?
It’s an enormously respected institution that supports business leaders. In Jersey, as in the UK, effective and visionary leadership in business is vital to the success of our economy.
What is the IoD’s role to business leaders in your region?
We provide opportunities for leaders in the business, public and third sectors to network; we support present and future leaders with education and development opportunities; and we represent the interests and views of members in our community.
Who do you represent?
We have around 630 members. The economy is dominated by financial services, but also has strong tourism, hospitality and agriculture industries, as well as an emerging digital sector. Our membership includes government and public sector leaders, as well as those from state-owned utilities.
Which sectors would you like to attract?
We are well represented across the various sectors of our community but are keen to encourage more diversity, in particular more female and younger members who are emerging as leaders of the future.
What is so unique about your region?
Jersey is a wonderful and unique island, with a very strong sense of community. The coastline and countryside are breathtakingly beautiful, and we produce very high-quality local produce – including, of course, the Jersey potato and milk from our lovely Jersey cows. The island is steeped in history, with many remaining relics of the German occupation. The finance industry is a highly valued source of business and jobs, and is underpinned by a highly skilled workforce. Jersey's reputation as a great place for entrepreneurs and start-ups is attracting a lot of interest, particularly from the digital sector.
What does your branch offer business leaders?
We are very active, offering a number of courses and events. Our flagship events are the annual awards night and an annual debate, and we also hold monthly lunches for members. We run the Chartered Director programme in conjunction with head office, and publish a guide for Jersey directors. Every year we run a work-shadowing programme, helping local students gain insight into the workplace. Our tax and finance sub-committee reviews and comments on government policy announcements. I am particularly proud of the success of Jersey award winners at the national IoD awards over recent years.
Name something your branch has done that you are particularly proud of?
Our annual debate in September focused on health and education, and we have seen real changes in both areas as a result of the quality debate there between government and IoD members, enriched by the views of experts from the UK.
What are you most looking forward to in the next 12 months?
We would like to see diversity and innovation in Jersey's leaders, both in the private and public sectors, and decisive and bold leadership.
Finally what's your personal business ethos?
Our favourite leadership quote comes from John Maxwell: "Tend to the people, and they will tend to the business." Leadership is ultimately about encouraging, inspiring and empowering your team, because no one can do it all alone.