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March round-up

05 Apr 2019

Hello team North West.  Spring is finally here, and we could not be happier!

A huge thank you to all who came to support our events last month, we hope you took something useful away from each of them. On 4 April we celebrated the first ever IoD North West and Isle of Man Director of the Year Awards – with finalists from both sides of the water. The spectacular black tie dinner event brought together over 300 top business leaders, to celebrate those amazing leaders who are a positive force in our communities and society – creating quality jobs, improving opportunities, and making our region a better place to live and work. You can see the full album of photo's here

Before this, at the start of the month we invited our finalists, former winners and sponsors to Canto, with a view to getting to know each other before the big night. The event was kindly co-hosted by Kuits Solicitors, our headline partner.



We also held an event within the walls of HMP Styal’s Clink restaurant in Wilmslow, offering a brand new dining experience designed to transform the lives of women prisoners through work-based skills training. Attendees heard from the Clink and Timpsons about the benefits of recruiting ex offenders but  a motivated but often untapped workforce. You can read more about the work of The Clink Charity here.


March also marked our very first 99 Social which took place at Manchester Library, and was hosted by Alex Mitchell from IoD 99. The event offered entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch to each other, network and offer peer support. If you missed this one but would like to come along, our next Manchester 99 event will be held in October, you can book via our event page here



There’s lots of other events in the pipeline that we’d like to tell you about, so make sure you get them in your diaries: 

24 April | IoD Manchester | How to be a climate conscious leader 

Just 2 places remaining. Led by IoD qualified coach Zoe Cohen, with Manchester Committee member Quentin Abel, Tthis roundtable event is designed to offer you insight into the detail of climate change, to enable you to devise a bespoke approach for your organisation

01 May | IoD Lancashire | Being an effective NED 

Find out what it takes to be a Non-Exec Director. Our speakers will offer first-hand insights into the key elements of being successful in a NED role.

8 May | IoD Liverpool | Too poor to retire

We are delighted to welcome Ed Smith from Rathbone Investment Management who will explore the disparity between the retirement realities of the current pensioners and the next generation, helping you to plan for the future.

13 May | IoD Liverpool | Nisha Katona MBE

Join us for an afternoon with the incredible Nisha Katona MBE, founder of the Mowgli chain of restaurants. You will discover her road to success, including the challenges she's faced along the way as well as her ambitious plans for the future.

21 May | IoD Lancashire | Leadership test 

In times of uncertainty and a shifting business environment, the need for great leadership has never been more vital. Stuart Thompson, IoD Lancashire Chair will explore the three main elements of great leadership and share practical guidance to help understand your leadership strengths and gaps.

22 May | IoD Cumbria | Disruptive Innovation

Hear about how Stephenson’s Dairy have caught the attention of Jamie Oliver and industry giants ‘Arla’ through disruptive innovation.

5 June | IoD Cheshire | Welcome from your New Cheshire Chair  

We are delighted to announce your new Cheshire Chair, Rob McKay, Managing Director of executive search firm Sherrington Associates. You will hear about his plans for 2019, meet the committee and find out how you could get more involved.

6 June | IoD Cumbria | Overcoming Adversity  

Enjoy a tour of the long awaited Windermere Jetty Museum and hear first hand how they managed to overcome the triails that came with the building of the Jetty.

We update our events page every week – check it out here so you can save the dates!

If you have any questions about any of the events, please contact Lauren Mullan.

If you’re not a member, but would like to find out more about your options please contact Anthony.DeSilva@iod.com.

See you very soon!

The North West Team x

For more information, please contact

0161 806 0890 

North West

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