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Meet the Chair

Introducing your IoD North West Chair

Mike Blackburn OBE took the North West Regional Chair role in January 2018, and now works to support leaders throughout the region as they strive to grow their organisations and themselves as leaders.

Mike will support the IoD's committees in Manchester and Liverpool City Regions, Lancashire, Cumbria, and Cheshire, as they take on regional issues and influence national policy.

Previously, he worked with the Manchester Enterprise Zone, Airport City Manchester and the Digital Strategy Board. Mike is also a former winner of the IoD Director of the Year Awards; the national accolade for Non-Executive Director was presented to him in London in October 2016.

Mike said: "I am absolutely honoured and thrilled to have been appointed as the region’s new Chair. With this role comes great responsibility and, from the outset I want to affirm my commitment to our members; from day one I will use my voice to champion and promote the issues close to their hearts on a national stage.''

“I am immensely proud to be an ambassador for the brilliant and diverse businesses we have in the North West; our world-class tech clusters who are doing amazing things that are putting our city on the global stage, to the professional services businesses rooted to our cities, to Lancashire’s defense sector organisations and Merseyside’s ports and infrastructure. I want to ensure that national policies are representative of the issues faced by every business, regardless of size, across our region."

“The IoD is a vehicle via which they can grow; I want to dedicate my time to making that happen.”

Added the IoD's Regional Director Claire Ebrey, who headed up the search for the new Chair: "I am thrilled to welcome Mike to our team; he’s long been an advocate of the IoD and a part of our network for many years. His current platforms mean he is a great asset – and the perfect candidate to take the baton from our current Chair, whist helping our members – and businesses across the region – navigate through the challenging political and macro economic issues ahead.''

“Mike and I are in the fortunate position that we are working with passionate leaders and people so incredibly driven to grow their businesses. They spread their skills and energy, using their little black books to campaign for change and working hard on issues outside of their business.''

“Mike’s own track record at multiple and recognizable North West organisations means he embodies this commitment and I am sure he will successfully fly our region’s flag on the national stage – helping us all do better business.”

To contact Mike, please email

For more information, please contact

0161 521 8133

North West