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IoD South West runs a busy programme, including exclusive company visits and presentations, breakfasts with leading business speakers and dinners with entrepreneurs – all informative and valuable opportunities for members to learn, connect and build their business network.

The office has recently moved to the stunning new Bristol Business School at UWE and is headed by regional director Simon Face. His team aims to help local businesses thrive, providing information, support and guidance for directors, entrepreneurs and other organisational and business leaders.

Members enjoy unlimited access to the Engine Shed lounge in central Bristol, as well as the Science Park atrium for informal meetings and working; both offer cafés, free WiFi and discounts on meeting room hire.

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IoD South West Director of the Year Awards

IoD South West 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 South West 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.

  • 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 – 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!

Deadline to enter is 31-03-2019

Enter now


Upcoming Events

Below is just a selection of the vast portfolio of events available.

Wednesday networking

24th October

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99 Network - An Entrepreneurs Journey

25th October

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99 Networking

6th November

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Women as Leaders Lunch

15th November

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Directors' Dinner

15th November

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Visit to Wyke Farms Renewable Energy Centre

22 November

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South West branches

IoD South West covers one of the most active and vibrant regions in the UK, representing more than 2,000 members spread across six local branches – Bath & Wiltshire, Bristol, Devon & Cornwall, Dorset, Gloucestershire and Somerset.

About Bath and Wiltshire Branch

The Bath and Wiltshire branch has around 500 members and is led by chair, Guy Tullberg. With the help of the volunteer committee and IoD staff, the branch supports local members, organises valuable business events and, in particular, is building links with senior military personnel in the area.

About Bristol Branch

The Bristol branch is ably led by chair Lhosa Daly. Together with a dynamic group of local entrepreneurs and IoD staff, she represents local members and organises a series of inspirational and valuable business events in the west of England.

About Devon and Cornwall Branch

The Devon and Cornwall branch is chaired by James Jordan, head of corporate banking for HSBC. In conjunction with volunteer committee and IoD staff, he supports the branch’s 400 local members and oversees a programme of inspirational and valuable business events across the two counties.

About Dorset Branch

Gill Donnell of Successful Women Ltd, is chair of the IoD Dorset branch. With the help of her entrepreneurial committee ans IoD staff, she represents and supports local members and leads inspirational and valuable business events in Dorset

About Gloucestershire Branch

Covering around 400 members, the Gloucestershire branch is ably led by the committee and IoD staff, to help support local members and head up inspirational and valuable business events in Gloucestershire.

About Somerset branch

The Somerset branch is ably led by chairman Helen Lacey, founder and MD of Red Berry Recruitment. With the help of the volunteer committee and IoD staff, she supports local members and organises inspirational and valuable business events in Somerset.

Contact IoD South West

For more information, please contact

0117 328 5235 

South West

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


IoD South West
Room 7X224
Bristol Business School
University of the West of England
Frenchay Campus
Coldharbour lane
Bristol BS16 1QY

Please note that the IoD member meeting facilities and discounts on room hire at both Engine Shed and Bristol & Bath Science Park remain unchanged and continue as before.


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