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Message from IoD Scotland's National Director Malcolm Cannon

The IoD in Scotland remains resolute in its efforts to support both its members and the broader Scottish economy through these strange and challenging times. The coronavirus has struck the entire economy and no sector or geographical region is, or will be, unaffected.  Thus, our continued joint efforts both alongside our members and alongside the other Business membership and lobbying groups, will become ever more important.  We will act together to share important updates and communicate key policy changes to the business community.  But likewise, and even more importantly in some ways, we will act as a rapid and streamlined conduit for information from the frontline to governments’ decisions makers both in Holyrood and in Westminster.  We are in daily contact with policy makers and those with influence, shaping the very solutions that will help see our businesses through this time of crisis.

We are so much stronger when we come together so please do get in touch, let us know what issues you are facing and what you want to see from government and others to help.  What we want to say to everyone, company owners, business leaders, directors – whether you are a member of the IoD or not – you are most definitely not alone.

Stay safe, stay well and please follow government guidelines to reduce the impact on our NHS.

“We all want to succeed in our organisations and learning to be more effective leaders, promoting good governance, transparency and trust is at the heart of what IoD Scotland represents. By engaging across our communities, and helping to influence policy and practice, we can ensure Scotland is a great place to work, live and thrive”.

Aidan O’Carroll, Chair, IoD Scotland

As such, The Institute of Director’s aims are clear, to support, represent and set standards for business, encourage entrepreneurial activity and promote responsible business practice for the benefit of the business community and society as a whole.

Better Directors, better business and a better economy are all key aspects of The Institute of Directors Royal Charter. 

With a full programme of professional development courses, a calendar of key events including the annual Scottish Conference, The Director of the Year Awards, and a comprehensive package of Scotland specific benefits, there is much to offer and much more to gain from membership with The Institute of Directors.

With a membership base of over 1600 in Scotland (and 30,000 across the UK) Scotland is well supported by eight branches of volunteer committee members and an Edinburgh based Executive team. 

We would be delighted to meet you and discuss how membership could bring real value to you and your business.

Institute of Directors Scotland Membership

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A celebration of leadership talent, success and achievement

IoD Scotland celebrated the best of Scottish business leadership at its free online Awards Ceremony on 8 September.
Hundreds tuned in to watch Grant Stott announce the winners live. You can read more about it here.

Based at 10 Charlotte Square Edinburgh, the Executive Team’s remit is to support regional member engagement and development throughout Scotland with a comprehensive programme of events, professional development programmes and partnered activities.


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About Aberdeen branch

The Aberdeen branch, led by chair Mark McCue, supports local members and organises inspirational and valuable business events in the area with the help of the volunteer committee and IoD staff.

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About Central Scotland Branch

Led by Chair Ron Smith with the support of a dedicated and proactive team of committee members, Central Scotland branch actively seek and manage local events and networking opportunities within their region.

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About Edinburgh branch

Welcome indeed to Edinburgh IoD. As a capital city we are fortunate to have access to amazing businesses and host some amazing directors who use our Charlotte Square building for networking, influencing and development. Out members come from all sectors and industries and you have a commitee that represents your values and interests in an enthusiastic, positive and fun way. Whether we are talking with National Government Ministers, visiting member sites, hosting networking drinks or facilitating driving an Austin Martin, we are always open to meeting and talking with you. Please Please get in touch!

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About Fife branch

The Fife branch, led by chair Ian Collins, supports local members and organises inspirational and valuable business events in the area with the help of the volunteer committee and IoD staff.

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About Glasgow branch

The Glasgow branch, supports local members and organises inspirational and valuable business events in the area with the help of the volunteer committee and IoD staff.

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About Tayside branch

Within Tayside we focus on connecting people and helping them deliver added valu to their organisations -it's not always about new ideas, its about how we build upon and add value to what we have.
We continue to strengthen links with the colleges and universities to share best practice, creating hubs locally where members can work or meet others, and providing a platform to support businesses to attract investments. In a nutshell, we want to support, grow and nurture our business leaders to make a difference to what binds us - community.

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About Highlands branch

The Highlands branch, led by chair Donald Forsyth, supports local members and organises inspirational and valuable business events in the area with the help of the volunteer committee and IoD staff

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About South of Scotland branch

The South of Scotland, led by chair Paul Houlden, supports local members and organises inspirational and valuable business events in the area with the help of the volunteer committee and IoD staff.


Scotland Advisory Board – a forum to formulate and drive the strategic plan, it involves branch Chairs, the Director, a number of leading business figures acting as advisors, and occasional project leaders as necessary.  The aim of the board has been to create a stronger strategic focus and to develop IoD Scotland’s ability to respond to an ever more distinctive Scottish business and policy landscape.

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Coronavirus-Supporthub for web

Support for you and your business

No matter how big, small, local or global your business is, the IoD is here to support you through the months ahead and beyond.

The IoD Coronavirus Hub is designed to provide you with access to the latest advice, information and resources you need to support your business.

Our global community of directors is a huge asset, and we want you to get involved. 

We are in direct contact with Government and will continue to make your voice heard, seeking the support you need.

Visit the IoD Coronavirus Hub for the most up to date information.

Contact IoD Scotland

For more information, please contact

0131 557 5488


Branch and staff contacts can be found on the main Contacts tab