Membership of the IoD Northern Ireland has surged by almost 20% in the past year, now comprising more than 950 business leaders from across the region.
The IoD has enjoyed a resurgence in membership while the organisation itself has also grown, now with six staff with the introduction of its new professional development offering, IoD Academy NI.
The figure was revealed as the IoD launched New Member Lunch series, sponsored by legal firm Pinsent Masons.
Lisa Maltman, Business Development Manager, IoD NI, said:
“Networking and meeting together with other business leaders are among the main benefits to joining the IoD and our series of New Member Lunches, sponsored by Pinsent Masons, provide the ideal opportunity for those new to the organisation to start maximising the value of their membership.
“It is an exciting time to be part of the IoD, as more than 150 directors, drawn from firms across the economy, have joined the membership in the past year.
“The New Member Lunches, which follow an informal format, provide an introduction to the local IoD team and a chance to learn more about how we can develop as business leaders, and in turn, improve the fortunes of our own organisations and the economy as a whole.”
Ciara Seymour, Legal Director (Projects) at Pinsent Masons, added:
“Advising many of Northern Ireland’s most successful businesses such as Belfast Harbour and Queen’s University along with those corporations investing into the NI economy such as Allstate Insurance and Concentrix, Pinsent Masons greatly values our relationships with the local business community. This partnership with the Institute of Directors is about creating opportunities for business leaders to come together and connect with peers.
“By joining business groups such as IoD, they can build their network and keep up with best practice in today’s regulatory environment where the pace of change is ever increasing.
“We look forward to discussing those issues, as well as some broader areas such as diversity and innovation where Pinsent Masons has built a market-leading reputation.”
The next lunch in the series takes place on 9th May with another planned for 22nd June. The two course lunches, which take place at Pinsent Masons, Soloist Building, Belfast, start at 12.30pm and finish around 2pm.