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IoD South region searches for experienced, innovative new Regional Chair

15 Apr 2020

IoD South region searches for experienced, innovative new Regional Chair

The Institute of Directors (IoD) is seeking a new regional chair to lead its south regional executive and non-executive (branch) teams, to represent the interest of members in the region, and most crucially to drive member experience, value & relevance in the territory, ultimately increasing membership.

Current chair Alex Pratt OBE, a successful serial entrepreneur and experienced board member, is stepping down after three years in the post, and the successful applicant will oversee a region which covers branches including Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Kent, Sussex, Surrey, Hampshire & the Isle of Wight and counts more than 6,500 members amongst its director fellowship.

The chair will help drive membership experience & growth while implementing and supporting IoD policies and driving engagement with the Institute’s powerful Policy Voice.

Alex Pratt OBE said: “Sometimes we all get the chance to give back to something much bigger than ourselves to and make a difference. This is one such opportunity, which will at the same time help you grow and develop further by leading the debate on what really matters in helping directors build a better world. It is hard, interesting, fun and immensely engaging work. I would recommend this rare opportunity to any IoD Member who looks first for what they might be able to do for their country and others, not what they can get from being actively involved at a senior level.”

Alan Fitzwater, IoD director of regional engagement for London & the South regions said: “The successful candidate will take on this challenging and rewarding role at a time of great change for business in the UK, worldwide and most crucially for those responsible for leading them. We find ourselves in the midst of the unprecedented global challenge of coronavirus, and attempting to get ahead of the “new normal” that ultimately follows the successful eventual control of this terrible disease”. 

“The IoD is no different in that it is innovating, reorganising and re-engineering its value and member propositions to remain, after 114 years of storied history, as relevant and essential to Directors in the new world as it is today. Whilst the world post-covid will change, the support our region provides to members will not, and we shall remain at the forefront of local, genuine and value-adding business connections, professional development and influence”.

 “This is an opportunity to make a genuine difference in a world leading institute with the benefit of legacy, but at an exciting time of change and a renewed focus on membership experience locally”.

The deadline for applications is 11th May 2020 with interviews occurring on week commencing 18th May 2020. The role is not remunerated and leads a voluntary team of Chairs and ambassadors, alongside a small Executive team, led by the RD.  Please click here for more details on the Role.

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