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November & December Round up

04 Dec 2018

IoD North West ChristmasWe can finally say it’s nearly Christmas now! Tis the season of mince pies and mulled wine. 

Before we say goodbye to 2018, I wanted let you know about few things that we have been up to in November, and what’s coming up in 2019. 


Director of the Year Awards

We’ve had a fantastic number of applications already this year, amazing applicants who have done great things! To those who still haven’t applied, you still have some time to enter the awards to showcase your achievements and increase your profile in the region because we have extended the deadline to 17th December 2018, giving you an extra 10 days to apply. Please click here to see the categories and to apply



Youth Leadership Passport




In November we launched a brand new project in partnership with Bolton CDP and Youth Charter, to encourage young potential leaders from Greater Manchester’s African diaspora.

The Passport programme will give the young people development opportunities and experiences that will help grow their confidence, give them key skills to advance their careers and, over time, support a thriving North West region. See all pictures here



Claire Ebrey, Regional Director at IoD North West & Isle of Man added, ''We know that women are still under-represented in senior roles. Black and Minority Ethnic leaders are under-represented. Research from McKinsey shows that companies in the top quartile for gender diversity are 21 percent more likely to have higher than average financial returns, and those that have racial and ethnic diversity are 33 percent more likely. I see it as a key role for the IoD, as the organisation for leaders across all sectors, to do whatever we can to try to shift this balance and reap the rewards for our region''. 


Any IoD members who wish to attend future events are very welcome, especially if they might wish to offer the young people paid work experience.

Brunch with the Directors of the Year

We had a wonderful brunch with our recent award winners at the Storyhouse in Chester. They candidly shared stories about their challenges, driving success and how winning the award made a difference to them.  We then had a guided tour of the wonderful Storyhouse, which has successfully merged Chester’s traditional library with a modern, vibrant venue, bringing literature to new audiences. See all photos here.



Social Mobility seminar with Gary Neville


We also had a bit of celebrity moment, when Manchester United star Gary Neville joined us to discuss social mobility, and how we can help improve the lives of young people in the North West. See all photos here



Generation Z


In Cumbria, in partnership with Rathbones, we discussed the Brand New World of work, and how social media and the new generation of workers will impact upon our businesses. See all photos here.

In Liverpool, in partnership with Tilney, we considered how to take control of our financial futures, which helped us plan for sale, succession, retirement and investing. See all photos here.

Christmas Lunch 

Our Christmas celebration took place at Albert Square’s Chop House. Claire Ebrey and Mike Blackburn summarised IoD North West’s 2019, reminding us of some memorable events from across the year, and the positive difference our network of leaders is making across the region. 

We said goodbye to Manchester Chair Paul Battye, and welcomed Sharon Amesu into the role. Our Communication Marketing Assistant, Sumaiya Rudhmila will also be leaving us at Christmas to spend time travelling - we will introduce you to our new Comms person soon! See all photos here.





Upcoming 2019 events 

15 January | Resilience - A necessity for the workplace and beyond | Liverpool
Learn about how developing your employees' personal resilience could significantly reduce the impact of poor mental health on your workforce and improve business performance. Did you know - work-related mental ill-health costs businesses up to £26 billion every year? Learn more

22 January | Chair's 2019 welcome | Preston
This event will bring together Lancashire members to showcase the progress IoD Lancashire made in the last year, and explore what to expect in 2019. Join us

25 January | Meet the new Chair at last Friday drinks | Manchester
All members are invited to join us and welcome our new Manchester Chair, hear about her plans for 2019, and find out how you could get more involved. Come say hello

30 January | ''How to price your platypus'' – simple ways to increase your price | Alderley Park
If you've ever struggled with deciding on what to charge, then it's time to get to grips with the science and psychology of pricing. What price point do you choose? You don't want to look too cheap, nor do you want to price yourself out of the market. Learn more. 

12 February | Modern day slavery | Manchester
We think of slavery as something from the history books but it is happening in towns, cities and even rural areas across the UK at this very moment. Learn how to fight back

19 February | Manufacturing tour at Siemen’s factory | Congleton
Hear about Siemens, what it manufactures and the challenges it faces to be competitive in the Siemens organisation. It will be followed by a factory tour showcasing digitalisation and industry 4.0 and how these have been implemented in real world applications to give real value back to the business. Take a tour

06 March | Celebrating with our Awards Community | Manchester
This event, at the fantastic Grafene restaurant, will connect our Awards Community (winners from across all years) with each other and with this year’s finalists. Be a part of the community

04 April | IoD North West & Isle of Man | Director of the Year Awards 2019 | Manchester
Book you table or ticket for the most prestigious evening of the year! The event will provide you and your team with an exceptional hospitality opportunity at the awards ceremony. Reserve your table. 

28 June | A Cruise on Windermere | Cumbria
We invite you to join us for the most memorable business event of the year! Be a part of our Lake Windermere cruise, where you will be treated to a high quality business speaker, a Cumbrian buffet, as well as stunning views of the lakes, mountains and secluded bays. Book your early bird ticket here. 

See all our events here

Keep warm, have a wonderful Christmas and New Year! See you in 2019 


For more information, please contact

0161 806 0890 

North West

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