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IoD Wales has more than 700 members, led by director Robert Lloyd Griffiths OBE

We have a dedicated committee to assist businesses whether through representation or by organising events, seminars and conferences. The committee promotes business excellence through its support of training and development courses and annual occasions such as the Director of the Year awards. We also host networking and social gatherings for members.

A unique opportunity

Don't miss out on the rare occasion when the UK leaders of the four prominent business organisations come together for a panel discussion.

Join the IoD for Question Time with the Business Big 4

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IoD Wales Director of the Year Awards

IoD Wales 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 Wales 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 & 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!

Deadline to enter is 08-03-2019

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Upcoming Events

IoD Wales holds many engaging and informative events and networking sessions across its branches. Below are a few events which we think you will be interested in. These are just a selection on the vast portfolio available.

IoD Wales 
International Women's Day Lunch
22nd February 2019

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Question Time
with the BIG Business 4
28th February 2019

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Director of the Year Awards
17th May 2019

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About North Wales branch

The North Wales branch has around 160 members. It's the aim of the volunteer committee and IoD staff to support local members and organise insightful and valuable business events in the area.

North Wales Ambassadors

North Wales has approx. 160 members and we have recently engaged six of our IoD North Wales members who have kindly consented to become Ambassadors who will help IoD staff to support local members and organise insightful and valuable business events in the area.

Our Ambassadors for North Wales are:

  • Dr. Ian Barwick - Chief Scientific Officer, Rutherford Innovations
  • Andrew Bowden - Group CEO - Cartrefi Conwy
  • Mike Caulfield - Managing Director, Caulmert
  • David Roberts - Owner The Alternative Board (North Wales)
  • Helen Watson - Partner & Head of Employment Law Team, Aaron & Partners

About South Wales branch

The South Wales branch has around 550 members and we operate an Ambassador scheme whereby members take responsibility for geographic and business areas. Information and market intelligence is directed into the main IoD Wales Office.

Wales Young Directors Forum

The YDF in South Wales aims to provide opportunities for younger, less experienced directors and executives to learn both from each other and from the more experienced business leaders who attend the events. We are currently in the process of establishing a YDF in North Wales.

We welcome Entrepreneurs from any sector, we have members who are manufacturers, games designers, PRs, fintech innovators, tailors, lingerie makers and even a hot tub retailer! We also welcome into the network those who are pre-startup and thinking about taking the plunge.

IoD 99 membership is aimed to actively support entrepreneurs, who might not have previously held senior roles in companies. 

Your first year in the IoD 99 is a straight forward £99. However we understand that it takes more than a year to scale up (unless you are super lucky!) and as such we have put in place a journey to take you towards full membership. We hope this will support you and help ensure you can continue to get the very most out of being a 99er.

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Policy in Wales

Historically, policy has been dealt with at the IoD headquarters in Pall Mall, and that remains the case for issues where the UK has the lead. But an increasing number of policy issues of relevance to business are determined in Cardiff Bay, not Westminster. Support for business, infrastructure investment, planning, education, skills, business rates and environmental regulation are among those activities devolved to the Welsh government.

Decisions taken in Cardiff have a direct impact on business in Wales and the competitiveness of the Welsh economy. In recognition of this, IoD Wales attaches great importance to engaging with the government to influence policies in ways that will assist rather than hinder growth, including playing a prominent role in the Council for Economic Renewal.

To maximise the returns on our resources, we must engage selectively. Regular priorities in our dealings with the Welsh government include modernising and enhancing infrastructure, providing a workforce fit for the 21st century, and increasing the role of the private sector in delivering public services. It is a reflection of IoD Wales’s standing in Cardiff that we are asked to lead on these issues.

We also respond where possible to Welsh (or indeed UK) government consultations, always with members' interests at heart.

Contact IoD Wales

For more information, please contact

029 2038 9990


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

IoD Wales
Institute of Directors
Aberconway Building
Colum Drive
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