Award-winning Amesu is director of SA Consulting and founding fellow and Leadership Facilitator for the Society of Leadership Fellows, St George’s House, Windsor Castle. A former Criminal Barrister, representing the interests of her clients, her new role will now see her act as a voice for Manchester business leaders on the national stage; she said: “I am delighted with my appointment and keen to communicate the message that I am here to serve the business community in Manchester and promote our city UK-wide and beyond. “Manchester businesses ‘mean business’ and with our longstanding industrial heritage, I very much look forward to flying the flag for the great work we’re doing here. My commitment to our business community is to listen earnestly, learn quickly and lead fearlessly – lending our collective voice to the shaping of agendas and policies at both local and national levels of Government.”Trafford-based Amesu, who will replace outgoing Chair Paul Battye, is also hoping to use her platform to contribute to key business issues including diversity and inclusion and the region’s skills-shortage. She continued: “By virtue of my appointment I want to demonstrate that the face of business and entrepreneurship is changing and now is the time to celebrate the amazing people leading the change. “I also want to bring focus and attention to our untapped workforce; ex-offenders, women, young people – areas of society we should be investing more into to help fill skills gaps. There’s so much I want to achieve and I look forward to collaborating with the IoD and its members in Manchester to do so.” Added Claire Ebrey, regional director IoD North West: “Sharon’s infectious personality had us hooked. She is completely invested in everything she does and we found no better candidate to carry out the job of Manchester Chair. “I am incredibly excited about the great work we will be doing together in the coming months and encourage all of our members – and other business leaders in Manchester – to engage with Sharon and join her agenda to help organisations here lead the way.”
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