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IoD Appoints Duo of North East Business Ambassadors

27 Jun 2017

IoD North East

The Institute of Directors (IoD) has appointed a University emeritus professor and executive search company boss to its network of North East Ambassadors.

Prof Michael Whitaker of Newcastle University and Paul Barron, managing director of Brunswick Executive Search, join a network of business leaders that aims to raise the profile of North East business.

The Ambassador scheme is the brainchild of IoD North East chair Dr Joanna Berry, associate professor in entrepreneurship at Durham University Business School.

Michael Whitaker is emeritus professor of physiology in the faculty of medical sciences at Newcastle University and becomes the IoD’s Ambassador for life sciences.  He coordinates the regional pharma manufacturing initiative, First for Pharma and is managing director of a community interest company, HealthyLife Sim CIC, which raises awareness of the causes, consequences and remedies for health inequalities, especially in disadvantaged communities. He is a governor of a new University Technical College, North East Futures UTC and holds directorships in four companies in the energy sector and a life sciences consultancy.







Paul Barron is a long-serving IoD North East committee member who becomes Ambassador for the

 manufacturing, automotive and sub-sea industries. 

Based near Darlington, he spent his earlier career in automotive and asset finance before investing in an executive search and interim management business nearly 10 years ago. As well as handling day-to-day operations for offices in Newcastle, Leeds and Manchester, Paul manages his own client portfolio and specialises in senior level appointments in automotive and manufacturing.

Dr Berry said: “I’m thrilled that two such experienced and well-connected individ

uals have agreed to join our growing network of Ambassadors. Michael and Paul will help us to raise the profile of the IoD in their specialist areas and help us to highlight the fantastic work that comes out of our region.”

The Ambassador network also includes Lucy Batley, owner and director of Newcastle-based design and digital agency Jump, and Ellen Deboeck of the Crowne Plaza Newcastle.

This year, the IoD launched IoD Advance, the biggest shake-up to its membership in 40 years, taking advantage of technology to bring directors together to learn, network and share best practice.


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