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The South region of the Institute of Directors has members spread over a geographical area stretching from Banbury in the north to Dover in the east, with eight individual branches.

IoD South is home to a huge variety of businesses and is one of high output and achievement. All business interests are represented in its membership and the activities of the region and its branches provide an excellent platform for inspiration, discussion and development of ideas.

The region is responsible for the development and management of a programme of strategic events and seminars for IoD South members including highly prestigious events such as the annual London and South East Director of the Year Awards.

IoD London and South Director of the Year Awards 2019

IoD London and South Director of the Year Awards 2019

Entries and nominations are now open for Director of the Year Awards 2019. We are looking for inspiring and pioneering business leaders from all corners of the region to enter the 2019 London and South Director of the Year Awards.

Our annual Awards has grown over the past years to represent the pinnacle of leadership and business excellence, highlighting the significant contribution business leaders can make to society and economic prosperity in the region.

The Awards are open to IoD members and non members, the categories are:

  • Director of the Year – Non-Executive
  • Director of the Year – Innovation
  • Director of the Year – Young
  • Director of the Year – Public
  • Director of the Year – Third Sector
  • Director of the Year - Family Business
  • Director of the Year – Inclusivity
  • Director of the Year - International
  • Director of the Year – Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Director of the Year – Start-Up
  • Director of the Year – Small-Medium Business (up to £50 million turnover)
  • Director of the Year - Large Business (more than £50 million turnover)
  • Chairman’s Award for Excellence in Director and Board Practice

New categories have been added for 2019 to recognise the Young Director of the Year and the leading director of a business with a £50 million-plus turnover.

If you have accomplished great things in 2018, this is a great opportunity to showcase your achievements!

Further information or to enter

Upcoming Events

IoD South holds many engaging and informative events and networking sessions across its branches. Below are a few events which we think you will be interested. The full list of IoD South events can be found here

Latest events calendar


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You can view the events we are hosting in September, October, November and December in our latest digital events flyer


IoD Sussex Workshop - If you can't coach, you can't manage

            15th November

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IoD Hampshire & IoW - It would be nice to meet you....

15th November

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IoD Hampshire & IoW - Visit Berry Bros. & Rudd for a Tutored Tasting Evening

15th November

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 IoD Surrey - Bank of England Inflation Briefing

20th November

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 IoD Kent - Making Money and Meaning!

21st November 

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 IoD Berkshire - Meet your local branch committee at Lancaster Jaguar Land Rover, Reading

21st November

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South branches

IoD South has seven branches: Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes, Berkshire, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, Kent, Oxfordshire, Surrey and Sussex.

About IoD Berkshire

Here at IoD Berkshire we aim to meet the needs of IoD members across the county and offer a wide variety of events and activities to complement the general benefits of being an IoD member.

We also encourage our members to connect with each other. We firmly believe that by offering members the support they need to be effective as directors, and their businesses to be as good as they can be, we bring economic benefits to the whole of Berkshire.

Whether you are a new member or have been a member for several years we would like to encourage you to attend one of our events. Our popular Cliveden Breakfast Club is a good one to start with, discussions around a topic lead by a table host at a great venue. We hold a variety of events:  Breakfast briefings, Directors Lunches – Economic updates, Informal networking at IoD Connect, Women in Business lunches, Unconferences, Sailing Regatta, Henley Royal Regatta, Henley Festival and Wine Tasting plus many more!

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About Buckinghamshire branch

IoD Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes is here to meet the needs of IoD members from across the county. We are one of the UK’s leading branches with a wide variety of events and activities designed to appeal to all members, whatever their needs.

Our aim is to encourage members to connect with one another, and to help them access the support they need to be more effective as directors and to help their businesses to grow.

Committee members

Our committee is made up of business people from across Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes and from a variety of different sectors. Each committee member is dedicated to making Bucks and Milton Keynes IoD an exciting and effective group for our members.

Juliet Rushent

About Hampshire branch

Hampshire and Isle of Wight IoD is recognised as the premier business organisation for the area. We aim to represent the concerns of our members locally, nationally and beyond, facilitate networking relations and provide an unsurpassed platform for conducting business. 

IoD Hampshire is a large and proactive branch. As well as laying on a range of events, we work very closely with other business organisations in the area, and have representation on various boards, such as the Local Enterprise Partnership, where our objective is to ensure that business remains involved and engaged.

Drawing on the practical experience of members and the expertise of the IoD Policy Unit, we have developed a strong business voice. Lobbying government is an important function of the IoD and helps Hampshire business to make its voice heard.  

Hampshire & IoW Branch are looking for their next Chair: Could this be you?

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About Kent branch

The Kent branch of the Institute of Directors has a large membership base of nearly 1200 members from the full range of industry – agriculture, engineering, construction, transport and communications, manufacturing and the service sector – and we have particularly strong representation from the banking, financial and business service sectors.

Female members account for almost 16 per cent whilst members under 40 account for almost 11 per cent, reflecting our initiatives to fully represent the movers and shakers in business today. Advance members equate to 5% and Kent Chartered Directors total almost 3%. We also have 16 young student members represent Directors of the future.

Our vision

Helping Kent business leaders succeed through making powerful connections


SAVE THE DATE: KMEP and Business Summit with MPs:

Friday 20th July |  1.30pm to 4.30pm | Maidstone Studios

Established by the Government in the early 2010s, Local Enterprise Partnerships are vehicles to drive economic growth and are tasked to create the right conditions for prosperity. In the South East, due to its size and scale, the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) has implemented a federated model, with the Kent and Medway Economic Partnership (KMEP) tasked with leading the economic growth agenda in our local area. 

KMEP brings together all 14 local authority leaders, the FE and HE education providers, and crucially businesses to ascertain the economic opportunities that can be realised in Kent and Medway through partnership working.

One area we want to concentrate on is engaging more productively with our Members of Parliament and the wider business community. We recognise that you and MPs are an integral, important part of the Partnership, and without your support, we cannot maximise the economic growth in the area. To be effective, we must have a two-way dialogue with you to know your priorities and desired objectives.

To that end, I write today to invite you to attend a summit on the afternoon of Friday 20th July at the Maidstone Studios.

The event will start at 1.30pm where you could meet with members of KMEP, and peruse market-place stands showing some of the investment priorities that KMEP and SELEP have funded so far using Local Growth Funding. At 2pm, there will be a series of short presentations by KMEP business representatives on the policies and investments that the Partnership and wider business community feel are essential strands of any local industrial strategy/growth strategy. Following each presentation, there will be a period of time devoted to a ‘BBC Question Time’ style debate, with the MPs on the top table. The event should conclude at approximately 4.30pm.

Due to seating capacity, we will be offering places on a first come, first served basis. We will also be keeping a waiting list, so we can offer any spare places that become available closer to the event.

We very much hope that you will be able to attend this event. If you do wish to attend the event, please could you email

Finally, for administrative purposes, it would be very helpful if you could state how you heard of the event (i.e. through FSB, IOD, KICC, etc) in the email requesting a place. Thank you


IoD Kent sponsored by:

Ansacom logo Kent Business logo

About Oxfordshire branch

IoD Oxfordshire is an active and engaged branch, representing many members on a local basis. We work closely with the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to ensure the county continues to see an influx of investment. To that end, committee members have been taking on more ambassadorial roles to ensure business interests are fully represented in vital areas.

Committee members - Would you like to join our local team?

Our committee is made up of business people from across Oxfordshire and from a variety of different sectors. Each committee member is dedicated to making Oxfordshire IoD an exciting and effective group for our members.  If you would like to join our committee or to find out more please email Juliet Rushent

Juliet Rushent

We are taking a particularly active interest in:


We are building strong links with Young Enterprise and academy chains in the county, tackling the challenges of Generation Y’s entry into our workforces, asking what makes for employability and how we can boost it at a time of significant threats to further education funding.


House prices in the county are considerably above national average, but wages aren’t, with Oxford itself one of the least affordable cities in the country. IoD Oxfordshire is lobbying the LEP, ensuring the voice of business is heard in any measures taken to tackle this problem.


While the private sector is thriving in the county, the public sector is one of the largest employers, and the cuts continue. We need to be aware of the impact of these on ourselves and our staff, and, by working closely with the LEP and the various councils, we aim to represent and inform businesses.


We hold interesting and enjoyable events, helping you build your professional development and widen your circle of business contacts. Our popular Blenheim breakfasts will continue, as will our recently introduced Connect evenings. 

About Surrey branch

IoD Surrey branch has a large member base. Chair Richard Maybury, the staff and volunteer committee combine to support local members and organise valuable and engaging business events to boost professional development and extend networks and contact books.

We also host regular business briefings to ensure members have the best, most up-to-date economic intelligence on a range of issues from the state of Surrey business to the outlook for inflation, direct from the Bank of England.

IoD Surrey sponsored by:



Barlow Robbins Solicitors

About Sussex Branch

IoD Sussex branch has a large member base throughout the county. Sussex is rich in business variety, from the area’s traditional agriculture to the cutting-edge creativity of Brighton and Hove, and we encompass it all at IoD Sussex.


Our Committee comprises of volunteers from a variety of business sectors. Everyone on the committee is dedicated to making the Sussex branch an effective and enticing group for members. We hope to foster a culture of mutual support in which members help each other to be more effective as directors and to help their businesses grow. Ambassadors are usually present at local events and are always available if you have questions.

Please let us know if you think you might like to join the Sussex committee. We always welcome new members.

Membership engagement

To encourage engagement and networking we launched the IoD Sussex LinkedIn group where you can connect with fellow members and find out about our latest events. You will find it at LinkedIn under ‘IoD Sussex – members only’. We also hold bi-annual IoD Connect evenings where you can meet other IoD members from Sussex over an informal drink. Please look at our events page for more information, typing 'sussex' into the search box.

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Contact IoD South

For more information, please contact

020 8398 9643


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

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