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North West round up - August 2018

02 Aug 2018

IoD North West

IoD North West has had an incredible couple of months. Here are a few highlights


Hosted by the BBC’s Dan Walker, and with a lot of high calibre entries, the North West Awards in May culminated in The Chairman’s Award for Excellence in Director and Board Practice. It was presented to Geoff Thompson MBE, five times Karate world champion and now Chief Executive of Youth Charter in Salford (a charity that supports disadvantaged young people). Geoff was moved and surprised to win, and his enthusiasm quickly spread to the audience – he received a standing ovation, and there was not a dry eye in the house. You can watch the highlights here

Annual Conference

The North West Annual Conference’ theme, Purposeful Leadership, was based on Simon Sinek’s book and TED Talk, Start with Why. It took place in Liverpool for the first time, at the International Business Festival in June. This inspirational event focused on purpose beyond profit, and speakers ranged William Shawcross CVO to young entrepreneur Matt Haworth, and Deb Oxley from the Employee Ownership Association. The format combined TED style speeches and Michael Parkinson style interviews, and was compered by Regional Director Claire Ebrey. Feedback to date has been outstanding. Watch the highlights here

Windermere Cruise

July saw our flagship (!!) event in Cumbria ‘A Cruise on Windermere’.  Professor Julie Mennell, Vice Chancellor of the University of Cumbria was the keynote speaker on a glorious July evening.

Fellows and Chartered Directors’ Dinner

We also held our first ever dinner for Chartered Directors and Fellows, at the wonderful The French restaurant at the Midland Hotel in Manchester (where Rolls met Royce!). Great British Menu star Adam Reid, gave us an insight into his hopes and dreams for the venue, and then presented us with a delightful 6 course menu to network over. We also heard from Christine Noblett, Managing Director of Cheshire-based business Aboveline, who design bespoke exhibition stands and 3 dimensional structures. See a short video from Christine here.

Recognition for the North West

In July, The North West team scooped two ‘Above and Beyond Awards’, recognition from our Director General for the work we do in the region every day. Huge congratulations to Lauren Mullan and Emily Martin for all their hard work and effort to bring positive change.

Walking tour of Royal Albert Dock

Lastly, we had a wonderful walking tour and summer social in Liverpool. We heard from Sue Grindrod, CE of Royal Albert Dock, Liverpool and Suzy Jones, Director of RIBA North, about their future plans. And we learnt about the history of the Dock and its surroundings, finishing at PanAm for more networking, drinks and canapés!

Coming up…

Golf Day | 30 August

We go a bit quiet in August, as so many people are on holiday, but  we have a golf day. Our Regional Director, Claire, invites you to a casual golf day at her club, Tytherington in Cheshire. The event will include breakfast, 18 holes of golf and a two-course lunch.

Book your place now! 

We’ve got a packed September planned for you with diverse events.

IoD Cheshire - Interview with Rachel Clacher, Founder | Moneypenny | 12 September
Join us and our partners Rathbones to hear from Rachel Clacher, Founder of Moneypenny at the wonderful Arley Hall, one of the most interesting and attractive stately homes in the North West. She will discuss her route to success, how she started the business, challenges faced then and now, followed by tour of gardens. Learn more

IoD Lancashire - Brexit: An Insight into Exit Negotiations | 14 September
You’ll hear from Wajid Khan, a Labour MEP for the North West England. There will be time for a lively Q&A session so come along to ask your burning questions. Read more

IoD Liverpool - Employee share ownership | 25 September
What do you know about Employee share ownership? This session will help you understand employee share schemes and decide whether they might be for you. Learn more

IoD Cumbria - Ten Talk | 27 September
Our members’ favourite event - Ten Talk - is back. A maximum of 10 of our members will come together with a facilitator to introduce themselves, their business and discuss 'what's keeping them up at night'. Read more

IoD Liverpool - Dinner Club | 27 September
The IoD Dinner Club launches in association with McIver Scott Recruitment, Tilney and Royal Albert Dock Liverpool. The event will be informal and give an opportunity to network, build relationships and help to provide a stronger voice for the business community whilst enjoying good food and company. Learn more

IoD Manchester - Last Friday Symposium | 28 September
Every last Friday of the month, the IoD Manchester committee get together for informal drinks. All members are invited to join us. The event is very informal, with a pay bar. The intention is to allow us all to celebrate the successes of the month meeting with like-minded individuals. Read more

IoD North West - Enterprising Women Conference | 11 October

Save the date for the Enterprising Women Conference – 11th October! The theme will be Inspiring Leaders, and we aim to bring you inspiration from North West leaders across all sectors, shapes and sizes of organisation. Confirmed speakers include Shadow Business Secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey, Warner Brothers’ Director of CSR, Jess Moore, Urban Splash’s Tom Bloxham, Stobart Group’s Kate Willard and Manchester Airport’s Vanda Murray. More inspirational speakers to be announced soon. Keep an eye here.

The event will take place at The Plaza, Stockport. Within 2 minutes’ walk of Stockport station, and with plenty of parking nearby, The Plaza is a glorious 1930s super-cinema, saved and lovingly restored by the local community. Popcorn will be served, and the Wurlitzer will be played on this very memorable day.  Book now with an earlybird discount until Monday 3 September. Please contact

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I hope to see you all soon and hope you enjoy a lovely summer!

IoD North West team

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0161 521 8133

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