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Aidan O’Carroll appointed Chair of Institute of Directors in Scotland

24 Jul 2018

Aidan O’Carroll appointed Chair of Institute of Directors in Scotland

New Chair will focus on member engagement, value and growth

Aidan O’Carroll has been named as the new Chair of the Institute of Directors in Scotland. A senior partner at EY in Scotland, Aidan succeeds Professor Susan Deacon, who has officially stood down at the end of her three-year tenure.  Aidan will also take up the Scottish seat on the IoD’s UK Council, succeeding Ian McKay.

Aidan brings to the role a wealth of leadership experience and involvement in business throughout Scotland, and internationally. His experience means that he is well-placed to understand the challenges that businesses are going through, both large and small, as the pace of the environment in which they operate increases. 

Susan welcomed Aidan’s appointment, saying: “Aidan is an ideal successor in the role of IoD Chair.  He has his finger on the pulse of business, and is wholly committed to Scotland, its growth and its place on the international stage.  I wish him every success over the next three years.”

Commenting on his appointment, Aidan signalled his intention to get right to the heart of the IoD’s membership to determine what leaders in Scotland value most: “The leadership community in Scotland is a very broad church with public, private and third sector leaders all facing key challenges around growth and building success alongside the vital pillars of ethics, governance and integrity. 

“As the largest network of leaders, the IoD can make a real difference to individuals and their organisations in helping to deliver organisational goals and contribute, in a wider context, to the future success of Scotland.  The role of the IoD and myself as the new Chair is to support them all the way.” 

He continued: “I have had the privilege of living Scotland all of my life and working both here and internationally for over 30 years.  However far afield my work has taken me, I have always been able to keep my home in Scotland because I value what we have here.  The opportunity to be a part of an organisation that can help bring greater success to Scotland , shape our economic proposition, engage with Government to promote growth, and bring together diverse views on the common theme of leadership, is hugely exciting, and I look forward to getting started.” 

David Watt, Executive Director of the IoD in Scotland concludes: “The Chair’s appointment is welcomed by myself and the staff team, and we look forward to working with Aidan to further grow the IoD in Scotland, and to drive change across Scotland’s business sector.” 

Aidan will be taking to the podium at IoD Scotland’s Annual Conference, being held at Gleneagles on Thursday 1 and Friday 2 November.  Joining him will be a cross section of prominent leaders from private and public life, including Debbie Crosbie, Group Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director of Clydesdale Bank and Yorkshire Bank; Alex Hynes, Managing Director, ScotRail Alliance; Graeme Smith, Managing Director, Amazon Development Centre Scotland; Fiona Logan, Chief Executive Officer, Insights Learning and Development; and Carolyn Jameson, Chief Legal Officer, Skyscanner.

The Institute of Directors (IoD) was founded in 1903 and obtained a Royal Charter in 1906. The IoD is a non-party political organisation with approximately 35,000 members in the United Kingdom and overseas. Membership includes directors from right across the business spectrum – from media to manufacturing, e-business to the public and voluntary sectors. Members include CEOs of large corporations as well as entrepreneurs and directors of public sector bodies, charities and start-up companies. 

·        IoD in Scotland has six branches – Edinburgh, Glasgow, Tayside, Fife, Aberdeen and Highlands and Islands –

·        The IoD is dedicated to encouraging entrepreneurial activity through good governance and responsible business practice. It provides an effective voice to represent the interests of its members to key opinion-formers at the highest levels. Follow us on Twitter to get the IoD’s reaction on business and public policy issues.

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