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IoD North West welcome new Chairs in Cheshire and Cumbria

08 May 2019

North West
IoD North West have just announced the appointment of two new Chairs to head up our Cheshire and Cumbria branches.

Cumbria 

Multi-award-winning North-West business leader Barry Leahey MBE has taken the position as new Chair of IoD Cumbria, bringing his wealth of knowledge as one of the region’s most celebrated entrepreneurs to the forefront.

Barry’s outstanding career to date has been duly recognised over the past few years, with national accolades including being named as one of the UK's Most Ambitious Business Leaders by the Telegraph and LDC in addition to his MBE appointment for services to UK trade and exports. Regionally, he was named Businessperson of the Year 2018 at the in-Cumbria Business Awards as well an inclusion in the North West Business Insider’s 42 under 42 class of 2017.


Barry, who is frequently invited to work as a mentor for Department of International Trade to help develop export opportunities for North West Businesses, said: “I am really excited at the prospect of leading the IoD’s Cumbrian branch at this interesting time and in working closely with Rathbones to assist Directors of businesses large and small across the county. I look forward to promoting the IoD as a powerful platform to communicate the matters that affect our region, both now and into the future.

Claire Ebrey, IoD North West and Isle of Man Regional Director commented to congratulate Barry on his appointment: “Barry has contributed significantly to the IoD in the region since he became a member. Deservedly recognised as the IoD’s Global Director of the Year at our North West awards in 2018, he embodies the entrepreneurial ambition that our region is proud to celebrate. We are delighted that he will be playing such a pivotal role within the development of the Cumbrian branch over the next few years.”

Cheshire

The appointment for IoD Cheshire has been taken up by top executive search specialist, Rob McKay. As owner and director of executive search firm, Sherrington Associates and with twenty years’ experience in the recruitment and executive search sectors, Rob has been selected to head up the national organisation’s local branch, when incumbent Bill Carr completes his tenure at the end of this month.

Holding extensive experience of delivering executive search assignments for high profile clients in the UK, Europe and Asia and with local clients including Chester Zoo, Marketing Cheshire and a host of private-sector SME’s, Rob who lives in Chester, is well placed to achieve his vision in helping the county lead on both regional and national issues. 

He said: “As an active member of the IoD since 2012 and having gained so much professional support during this time, I firmly believe in the great value of the institution for members here in Cheshire and throughout our North West region.

“I am committed to collaborating with the huge wealth of talent that we have here, to contribute and promote our county’s successes whilst highlighting key business issues such as the STEM agenda and diversity within the boardroom. 

“I am proud that Cheshire has one of the UK’s most skilled and productive workforces and that it’s science corridor boasts one of the largest populations of science and engineering businesses in the UK. The IoD is uniquely positioned to influence positive change for businesses across all sectors in Cheshire by leveraging our assets, in particular the diversity of our director-level talent across the 42,000 businesses who call Cheshire their home.” 

Claire Ebrey, IoD North West Regional Director congratulated Rob on his outstanding application, saying: “Rob has a clear passion for working with the Cheshire business community to grow and develop our community of leaders in the county, create even more opportunity and drive growth within the economy. His enthusiasm and energy made him stand out as the ideal candidate for this position.

Rob added: “The IoD has such a big year ahead and as the wider nation’s future is shaped over the coming months, the role of the regions in supporting the most positive conditions for growth and prosperity for us all, will be paramount. The IoD in Cheshire has an incredible opportunity to take a lead role in encouraging change for the county, but to do this we need to continue growing our enlivened, cohesive membership. I am truly excited to be taking on this role and contributing at this pivotal time.”

Meet the new Chairs

You can meet both of our new Chairs at upcoming events. Rob will be hosting his own welcome event on 5th June at Booth Mansion in Chester. After drinks and canapés, you will have the opportunity to hear about Rob's plans for 2019, meet the committee and find out how you could get more involved. You can book via our event page here.

Barry is also the speaker for our annual cruise on Windermere taking place on 12th July. You will enjoy an evening of networking amongst the stunning views from across the Windermere, including a Cumbrian buffet and live music from the fantastic Fiona Music in The Lakes. Book here.

Or if you have any questions about the events please feel free to contact lauren.mullan@iod.com

Meet your new Chairs

You can meet both our new Chair’s at our upcoming events, Rob will be hosting his own welcome event on 5th June at Booth Mansion in Chester. After drinks and canapés, you will have the opportunity to hear about about Rob's plans for 2019, meet the committee and find out how you could get more involved. You can book via our event page here

Barry is also our key guest speaker for our annual cruise on Windermere taking place on 12th July. You will enjoy an evening of networking amongst the stunning views from across the Windermere, including a Cumbrian buffet and live music from the fantastic Fiona Music in The Lakes. Book here.

Or if you have any questions about the events please feel free to contact lauren.mullan@iod.com.


For more information, please contact

0161 806 0890 

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