The Institute of Directors’ new National Director in Northern Ireland, Kirsty McManus, has vowed to further strengthen the voice of business as she commenced her post at the leading business organisation.
Formerly Head of Business Development at the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Kirsty’s appointment followed a successful career during which she has held senior positions at the University of Ulster, CBI and Vistage. Kirsty has joined the IoD to replace former National Director Linda Brown, who retired in July following 23 years at the organisation.
The IoD is known nationally as the voice of business and for the tremendous work it carries out in raising standards in corporate governance and improving economic standards for all.
“I look forward to further strengthening that voice in Northern Ireland as we seek to build relationships with businesses across all sectors, politicians, local government and the public sector.”
Congratulating Kirsty on her appointment, IoD Northern Ireland Chair, Ian Sheppard, said:
“Kirsty brings a wealth of relevant experience to the role and will build on the current foundations to further enhance the work of the Institute in supporting the development of professional leaders in Northern Ireland.
“The IoD is dedicated to supporting our members, encouraging entrepreneurial activity and promoting responsible business practice for the benefit of the business community and society as a whole.
“Kirsty will work to grow the IoD’s membership through development and networking programmes as well as strengthening relationships with businesses, politicians, local government and the public sector.
“A high calibre of applicants from across the public and private sector were considered during a rigorous recruitment process and on behalf of our members I congratulate Kirsty on her success.”
Kirsty’s appointment comes at a hugely significant time for the organisation which this year celebrates 60 years operating in Northern Ireland. Kirsty said:
“Having worked with businesses across Northern Ireland for many years it’s a great privilege to take up the Director role at a time when there are big issues at hand for the future success of our economy. I am greatly looking forward to getting to know the IoD’s varied and diverse members across Northern Ireland and I’ve been impressed at the level of opportunities that we have for members to engage with vital stakeholders and crucially to network with one another as leaders of their organisations.
“I joined the IoD because I am passionate about supporting our businesses and promoting professionalism in business. The IoD has a strong membership base of 30,000 members across 48 regional branches in the UK. We have been supporting leaders in their professional development for many years and our highly regarded programmes provide creative and flexible training opportunities, including our exclusive and industry-recognised qualification, Chartered Director.
“IoD is also leading in areas such as the IoD Young Directors Forum to support the next generation of leaders and our IoD 99 membership which is targeted at start-ups. We are privileged to have a Director General who hails from Northern Ireland; Stephen Martin is a great advocate for Northern Ireland and passionate about supporting our members.
"Our long-term vision is to retain and grow our membership in Northern Ireland and to maintain our standing as the authority for supporting professional development. I look forward to working with the excellent IoD team, our Chairman and our committees, as we seek to achieve this.”