IoD Sussex Ambassador Introduction
IoD Sussex are pleased to be represented by IoD Ambassadors who are specialists in their fields. Our Ambassadors lead in their field, whilst also promoting the benefits of IoD membership and the CPD route to Chartered Director.
Below you will find an introduction to one of our highly valued Ambassadors who would be pleased to connect with you via Twitter or LinkedIn.
Your name: Chris Knell
Your title/role and company name: Finance Director, Plumpton College
Your IoD branch: Sussex
Your IoD Regional Ambassador role: Young Directors
Your social media handles: Linkedin
Q: How long have you been involved with the IoD?
I joined the IoD at the age of 23 and have been a member ever since, becoming a fellow in 2013. I attended the G20 summit in Mexico 2012 as Vice-Chair of the Young Directors Forum - Central London branch.
Q: Can you tell us a little about your career to date?
Finance Director for Plumpton, an independent specialist land based college. Plumpton receives less than half of its income from government sources with commercial income from its vineyard, farm and events forming an ever more important source of revenue and strategic freedom. My most high profile project is to transform the walled garden at Stanmer Park from a derelict state into a world class tourist destination and top 5 visitor attraction in Brighton and Hove.
New to Education in 2017, I am an experienced Finance Director from the charity sector including Barnardo’s and The Children’s Society. Prior to that I worked as a Business Improvement Partner at Westminster developing and delivering programmes in Commercial Awareness, Business Partnering and Category Management.
Q: What do you hope to achieve as an IoD Regional Ambassador?
Increased participation by younger members.
Increased numbers of younger and student members.
Increased satisfaction with events.
Q: If you could give your 21 year old self some advice what would it be?
Yes you can. All the self-doubt and uncertainty I had as a young person, particularly in my early career and first couple of years as a member of the IoD. To quote Mo Farrah, ‘don’t dream of winning, train [work] for it’.
Q: What keeps you busy outside of work?
Participating in the village society, fundraising for sports facilities and supporting the local church keep me well engaged with the local community. In addition I’m an uncle to 9 boys all under the age of 16, which I love but can be exhausting!