IoD director general joins outspoken columnist for IoD dinner
The new director general of the Institute of Directors, Stephen Martin – one of the most influential voices in UK business – is to address business leaders in the North East.
Martin will be guest of honour at the IoD’s North East Business Leaders' Dinner on 9 March. He will share the speaker’s podium with Sunday Times columnist Rod Liddle, who has a reputation for his passionate, entertaining and outspoken views.
Tickets are on sale for the event, which takes place at the Crowne Plaza Newcastle and includes a champagne reception and three-course dinner.
Stephen Martin this month succeeded Simon Walker as director general of the IoD, one of the most influential roles in UK business. He was previously chief executive of Scunthorpe-based construction, logistics and property business Clugston Group.
Martin is well-known for his appearance on Channel 4’s Undercover Boss, which saw him going incognito in his own company to learn what employees really thought of the firm.
As well as writing for The Sunday Times, Rod Liddle contributes to The Spectator and is a regular guest on BBC1's Question Time. He has appeared on Have I Got News for You, The Daily Politics and Newsnight Review.
Natalie Sykes, regional director of the IoD, said: “We are delighted to welcome Stephen Martin to Newcastle for one of his first addresses as director general.
“And whether you agree with Rod Liddle or not, his after-dinner speaking is never dull. His time as a speechwriter for the Labour Party means he has the inside track on the worlds of politics and broadcasting. It’s set to be a highly entertaining evening.”
Tickets are £59 for IoD members or £500 for a table of ten. Non-members can buy tickets for £75 or £700 per table. Contact Sukie Ranken on 0191 2131289 or email us
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