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Our small team, headed up by Regional Director Claire Ebrey, is there to support all members through regular communication, facilitating connections with other members and delivering a diverse, high-quality events and training programme.

We are here to help you maximise your membership. Our offices and members' lounge are based in city centre Manchester, in the heart of the business district, not far from Piccadilly train station.

North West branches

IoD North West (NW) has nearly 2,000 members covering Manchester, Liverpool, Cheshire, Cumbria and Lancashire. Our members are business leaders, entrepreneurs and company directors from across all sectors, representing the best in north-west business.

About Manchester branch

The Manchester branch of the IoD is chaired by Sharon Amesu and is the largest branch of the IoD in the North West. Manchester has a thriving business community, a wealth of cultural attractions and plays an important role in the national economy and is central to the Northern Powerhouse. Our Manchester branch committee is made up of local business people and is dedicated to ensuring that IoD activities are focused on members’ needs and interests.

The role of the IoD nationally is to help support businesses and we aim to do this through ‘the four betters’:

Better directors through professionalism and professional development
Better economy through effective lobbying
Better businessthrough corporate governance promotion
Better services for our members.

In order to achieve this we need to engage with members locally. It is the role of the Manchester committee to ensure that the IoD listens to what our members have to say and understands the issues that matter most to them and their businesses. This enables us to create inspiring, informative and interesting events that bring members and key influencers together.



About Cheshire branch

IoD Cheshire branch, has helped the IoD forge strong links with prominent employers in the area. By staging regular events and bringing together business discussion groups with key stakeholders in the Cheshire economy, such as the University of Chester, Chester Zoo and the Cheshire and Warrington LEP, IoD Cheshire is able to keep its finger on the pulse of business right across the geography of the branch.

Famously diverse and widely scattered, the area is brought together by the IoD’s ever-sharper focus on the strategic cities of Chester, Warrington and Crewe. By informing and nurturing collaborative relationships, IoD Cheshire maximises for its members the many opportunities arising from developments such as the Enterprise Zone status of the Cheshire Science Corridor, the establishment of a new high-growth Science Park at Thornton and of course, HS2 activity and associated connectivity growth in transport.


About Cumbria branch

The Cumbria branch is led by Chairman Barry Leahey MBE, supported by a committee of eight drawn from a diverse selection of businesses throughout the county. It aims to showcase the county and provide events to keep members informed of issues facing it, for example the impact of Brexit. The current format is one of a few presentations followed by a debate.

The branch seeks through all its events and publicity to promote Cumbria as a great place to live and work with its wide range of different businesses and to make sure the county’s voice is heard.


The Cumbria Branch is sponsored by:

Rathbones Blue

Rathbones is one of the UK’s leading providers of investment management services for individuals, charities and professional advisers. With offices in the historic Port of Liverpool Building on the Liverpool waterfront, Rathbones is part of Rathbone Brothers Plc, a FTSE 250 listed company. Looking forward has carried them and their clients safely through many eras. They continue to move with the times, blending new ideas and the latest technology with their long-standing investment experience and constant values.
Responsible ownership has been an enduring strength. From the highly qualified and capable people who look after the clients, to the efficiency of their administration and reporting, everything Rathbones do is designed to provide clients with investment management of the highest quality.

For more information please visit www.rathbones.com

About Liverpool branch

The IoD Liverpool branch, Chaired by David Holdsworth, provides a wide range of business support for members across the Liverpool City Region (LCR). This includes collaborating with other LCR professional institutions to influence local decision making, such as the devolution deal and its implementation, the local education and skills agenda, the Liverpool LEP growth strategy and much more.

Support also encompasses business leaders’ peer to peer networking by delivering events of significance to the business community such as the EU referendum debate, practical ideas for the Northern Powerhouse and increasing Women in Business leadership positions. Liverpool also has a dynamic young entrepreneurs’ section, as part of the IoD 99 scheme, headed by Owen Cotterell.

The Liverpool Branch is sponsored by:

Rathbones Blue

Rathbones is one of the UK’s leading providers of investment management services for individuals, charities and professional advisers. With offices in the historic Port of Liverpool Building on the Liverpool waterfront, Rathbones is part of Rathbone Brothers Plc, a FTSE 250 listed company. Looking forward has carried them and their clients safely through many eras. They continue to move with the times, blending new ideas and the latest technology with their long-standing investment experience and constant values.

Responsible ownership has been an enduring strength. From the highly qualified and capable people who look after the clients, to the efficiency of their administration and reporting, everything Rathbones do is designed to provide clients with investment management of the highest quality.

For more information please visit www.rathbones.com


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Kays Medical is a complete occupational health provider and one of the UK’s largest independent suppliers of first aid, medical supplies, emergency response equipment and Ofqual regulated training.
With a catalogue of more than 10,000 products and services, ranging from workplace assessments and psychological health support to first aid kits and defibrillators, Kays Medical can improve the health and wellbeing of your workforce, helping you protect your most valuable resource – your people.
For more information please visit: www.kaysmedical.com


About Lancashire branch

Welcome to the Lancashire branch of the IoD, led by Chairman Stuart Thompson, where hundreds of members from across all sectors come together to do better business, make new contacts, share experiences, acquire new skills, inspire and be inspired, and to have their say on major local developments as well as national policy.

Lancashire is a great place to live, work and do business. Our branch committee, which consists of local business and academic leaders, is committed to making it even better.




Contact IoD North West

For more information, please contact

0161 806 0890 

North West

Branch and staff contacts can be found on the main Contacts tab


IoD North West

XYZ Building
2 Hardman Blvd, 
Manchester 
M3 3AQ