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IoD launches search for North West chair

10 Nov 2020
IoD launches search for North West chair

IoD launches search for North West Chair

The Institute of Directors (IoD) is seeking a new chair to become the voice of business for the North West.

The chair’s seat has been vacated by Mike Blackburn OBE, former chair of the Greater Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership, who held the role since January 2018.
The successful candidate will take the helm of a region working with chairs of IoD branches in Manchester, Cheshire, Liverpool, Lancashire and Cumbria, providing connections, professional development and influence for directors across a wide range of organisations.
They will work alongside a team of committee members and senior branch managers to represent and amplify the views and experiences of North West directors within the IoD’s influential Policy Voice programme.
The IoD has secured vital support for directors during the Covid-19 pandemic, including financial assistance for wage bills and changes to insolvency rules. Through Policy Voice, it provided government with first-hand reports from those dealing with the crisis.
The voluntary position is open to all members who reside or work in the North West. The chair will promote the IoD across the region by engaging with local businesses and other stakeholders including local authorities and universities.
Jon Geldart, IoD director general, said: “I would like to thank Mike for his excellent work as regional chair, he is an incredibly hard act to follow.
“The successful candidate will be a figurehead for North West businesses, amplifying the voices of local directors and representing them to central government. The opportunity arises amid very challenging circumstances but we are here to provide the connections, professional development and influence that directors need to guide their organisations through the months ahead and build back stronger.”
Interested candidates should send their CV and covering letter to by 29 November. Interviews are expected to take place in early December.

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