As part of its commitment to developing ‘Tomorrow’s Director’, the Institute of Directors South West has employed two students from the University of the West of England as part time interns.
Zoe Ford and Niall O’Driscoll, both aged 22, have been taken on to help support and grow the membership in the region. Zoe is looking after events, marketing, and the website while Niall is supporting with membership engagement and communications. Both are final year students in Business and Events Management.
The move strengthens the partnership with UWE where the IoD already works closely with the Business School and is currently developing a ‘Tomorrow’s Director’ programme aimed at students taking Business and Events Management degrees.
Muir Macdonald, South West Regional Chair, said: "The IoD is for Directors wherever they may be on their journey. From the most experienced, to those just setting out to run their own business. From those whose organisation has marked them for the Boardroom one day, to those who use their time to give back, say as a Trustee. It's a place for public, private and third sector directors to share experiences, build relationships and get that 'edge' as a Director. In developing that essential diversity and inclusivity, it's really exciting to build an even stronger association with UWE to develop a programme that gives graduates access to both theory and practical experience that will help them wherever their careers take them. And for our experienced members, I can thoroughly recommend this opportunity of mentoring the next generation - I'm sure I'm learning more from them, than they are from me!"
Zoe said: I’m passionate about Project Management and my biggest goal within the next two years is to be in a role revolving around this area, hopefully in London. I’ve worked in the hospitality sector for the last five years so the IoD is providing me with a completely new work environment and I’m thrilled to be developing my knowledge, skill set and network in my new role. “
Niall said:. “The internship at IoD is a dream come true, it is great to be involved in so many great experiences that will help shape my future after leaving University.”
Ray McDowell, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Business and Law at UWE Bristol, said: “We’ve had a long-standing association with IOD South West within Bristol Business School and the Institute has had a presence in our new campus building since its opening. We’re pleased to progress the association further by working with the IOD to embed the Tomorrow’s Director programme within one of our Masters programmes and we’re doubly delighted that our 2twundergraduate students were successful in applying for internships in the region. It’s given them ideal opportunities to further develop on what they’ve been learning in their Business and Events Management degree and allowed them experiences that have expanded their skills sets.”
Zoe and Niall have worked closely with a further two interns, Adam Thorn and Stanimir Vasev, of Cardiff Business School, supporting IoD Wales.. Adam and Stanimir have recently transferred their internships to the central team in London to work on new projects in Marketing and IT.