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June and July Round-Up

31 Jul 2019
July round-upHello all!  We’ve had an incredible couple of months here in the North West. Thank you to everyone who came out to support our events, in case you missed out, here are some of the highlights from June and July to catch up on.

Firstly, we are delighted to announce our brand new CPD 'Professional Director Series' in the North West. It will be a half or full-day course designed for senior leaders, to help you better understand your role as a director, and help future-proof your organisation. Places are already filling fast so make sure you get booked on here


Over 80 people joined us in June to welcome our new Cheshire Chair, Rob McKay at the fabulous Booth Mansion in Chester. After a speech from Rob, the Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire shared his latest plans for The Cheshire Community Foundation, a local charity existing to help some of the most deprived communities in and around Cheshire. Attendees also got to meet the new committee and hear about their exciting plans for the next coming weeks.


In Manchester we welcomed a full house at Barclays Eagle Labs to join in with the all important skills gap conversation. Chaired by Manchester committee member Susanna Lawson, our influential panel included:  Sandy Lindsay MBE, Founder and Chair at Tangerine, Gemma Marsh from Greater Manchester Combined Authority and Mark Dawe, CEO of Association of Employers and Learning Providers. Our panel provided a thought-provoking discussion amongst attendees and helped us to understand our own personal role in helping to bridge the skills gap.

The sun even made an appearance at two of our most business memorable events of the year; the first was our sold out tour of Chester Zoo where we got to hear the incredible stories of three local businesses who have managed to bounce back from devastating circumstances, including the awful fire at Chester Zoo in December and a vicious arson attack at Peckforton Castle in June 2011. The key themes for the day were resilience, scenario planning and the need for a solid team of employees to help your business bounce back regardless of the circumstances. It was a fantastic day topped off with the opportunity to meet the animals and enjoy a stroll in the sunshine. 


Our biggest ever Windermere Cruise took place on 12th July which saw over 120 people join us on the Lake to welcome our new Cumbria Chair, Barry Leahey MBE. Members got to hear Barry’s story of family business Playdale Playgrounds and his exciting plans for the Cumbria branch over the next few months. Attendees then got to enjoy live music from the wonderful Fiona Music in the Lakes, a delicious Cumbrian buffet and an evening of networking on the water.  

 Thank you to Andy Whysall for the fantastic photos, you can see the full album on our Facebook page here.

We can’t wait for the next few weeks, here’s a list of events we’ve got coming up…

8 August | Regional Director’s Golf Day | Cheshire

Our North West Regional Director, Claire, invites you to a casual golf day at her club, Tytherington in Cheshire followed by a two-course dinner. This is a great opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and network with like-minded people in an informal setting.

14 August | Summer BBQ | Manchester

We're back with our annual Summer barbecue, this time hosted on the roof terrace of MediaCom in Central Manchester. Sharon Amesu, our Manchester Chair will share a few words about what the committee have been up to as well as the exciting plans for the future. We’ll then head to the roof terrace for a barbecue and an evening of networking in the sun.

5 September | Finance for start-ups to multinationals | Cumbria

We have a fantastic panel of speakers including Grant Peggie from the British Business Bank, Stuart Maclennan of Appleby Creamery and many more. You will hear about the finance options available to Cumbria based businesses of all sizes as well as individual case studies. After the speeches, attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions in a panel discussion and will close with a networking lunch.

10 September | An audience with Steve Rotheram, Liverpool Metro Mayor | Liverpool

In May 2017, Steve was elected to become the first ever Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region on a manifesto described as “ambitious, fair, green and connected”. Join us and hear about the highs and lows of Steve's career, as well as his plans for the future of Liverpool City Region. 

20 September | Netwalking at Pendle Hill | Lancashire

Join Stuart Thompson IoD Lancashire Chair, Rachel Kay from lovelocalnetworking, and other local business people on a 5-mile net-walk from Barley. This is a great opportunity to make some great new connections whilst enjoying the outdoors. Attendees will climb up Pendle Hill, walk across the top then circle back around into Barley. After the walk, attendees are then invited to enjoy further networking.

26 September | Graffiti workshop at Keith Haring Exhibition| Liverpool

IoD Liverpool invites you to join us for the first, major UK exhibition of artist and activist Keith Haring. Attendees can enjoy over 85 artworks including large, vibrant paintings, posters, photographs, and videos that conjure the vibrancy of 1980s New York street culture that Haring embraced and reflected. After the exhibition tour we invite all attendees to take part in the Graffiti Workshop designed to bring out your inner Haring!

Make sure you check out our full events calendar here to see more. 

That’s all from us, if you have any questions about our events, feel free to drop Lauren an email at Or if you’re not a member but would like to find out how to get more involved please get in touch with

See you soon!

Team North West x

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