We talk to the Wales chair, and director at 2Win Consulting, Ceinwen Jean Church
Why are you proud to represent the IoD?
The IoD is a unique organisation in that members work in all types and sizes of businesses. Good governance is at the very heart of what the IoD is all about and I believe in that. I am particularly proud that IoD Wales is so highly regarded – our relationships with government (at both ends of the M4) are strong and productive and our opinions are valued.
What is the IoD’s role for business leaders in Wales?
Our main role is to help our members become better business leaders. Our events give them the opportunity to learn something new and to share their ideas and experience with each other. This works well here in Wales – it is part of our national psyche!
Tell me a little about your members
We represent just over 700 members across all business sectors from professional services to advanced manufacturing, from automotive to aeronautical, from biosciences to agriculture and many other sectors too.
What’s so unique about Wales?
As a devolved nation within the United Kingdom we’re a very distinct part of the IoD. We have a proud and distinguished history of manufacturing heritage combined with the landscape, culture and coastline which makes Wales such a beautiful part of the world. Wales was at the forefront of the industrial revolution, and the world’s first £1m cheque was signed in the Coal Exchange in Cardiff! The old industries are now largely gone but there are new and exciting ones making their mark in Wales – advanced manufacturing, life sciences, and digital and creative industries are flourishing.
What does IoD Wales offer business leaders?
Our events are frequent, high quality, and leave the attendee with something valuable, be it policy information, professional development or a new contact. We’re also very actively involved in nurturing our future leaders within our Young Directors Forum (YDF).
What has Wales done in the last year that you are most proud of?
There is much to be proud of here, but I’m particularly proud that we’ve furthered the cause of equality in the boardroom. I’m also very proud that we celebrate our breadth and depth of talent at our annual Director of The Year Awards – the quality of the entrants and eventual winners continues to fill me with hope, pride and joy.
What are you most looking forward to, as IoD divisional chair, in the next 12 months?
I’m looking forward to meeting members, listening to their concerns and aspirations and working with the new Welsh Government to ensure that the IoD continues to engage at the highest levels for the benefit of our members and the wider Wales economy.
Finally what's your personal business ethos?
Always act with integrity, dedication and commitment. Admiration is due to anyone who encapsulates these qualities and has the strength, determination and passion to make a vision turn into a reality.