The Institute of Directors has appointed a new chair and vice-chair to head its North West region. Steve Bennett takes up the role of chair, and Nina Sawetz becomes vice-chair.
Steve will work with chairs and ambassadors across IoD branches in Greater Manchester, Cheshire, Liverpool, Lancashire and Cumbria, providing connections, professional development and influence for directors across a wide range of organisations.
Together, he and Nina will join branch 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.
Steve is the founder and MD of TransitionPlus, an executive search, career management and board level consultancy. He is also MD of Business of Science, a National science and innovation group which promotes the commercial development of science and the growth in STEM skills.
Steve said: “The IoD is a leading influential business organisation and now is the time for us to renew our focus on supporting directors across the North West as businesses look to recover and rebuild from the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.
“I am honoured to be taking on this role and look forward to personally engaging with our members and working with all directors to ensure the North West region comes back stronger in the months to come.”
PR professional Nina is founder and MD of The Press Index, a directory used by journalists to find businesses for media stories. She is also MD of communications consultancy Future which provides corporate publicity for CEOs and brands.
Nina said: “I’m excited to join Steve in leading the IoD’s North West region, helping members to connect and learn from each other and develop professionally as directors as we all move forward and adapt to this turbulent economic climate.”
Natalie Sykes, head of the IoD’s English branches, said: “We are very pleased to have Steve and Nina on board as a new driving force in our North West region.
They will be key to supporting our members who represent a diverse range of sectors but who all face similar challenges in recovering and rebuilding during 2021.”
The IoD is the UK’s number one organisation for directors, providing connections, professional development and a lobbying voice.
The Institute helped to secure vital support for directors during the Covid-19 pandemic, including financial assistance for wage bills and changes to insolvency rules.