Calum Nisbet has been appointed Regional Director of the Institute of Directors West Midlands, succeeding John Phillips who has retired after 23 years in the role.
Calum arrives from a background of business development gained in a number of sectors and with a wealth of experience of working with corporates and key individuals across the Midlands.
A well-known figure in the business community, he has worked closely with the IoD for a number of years and is already known to many of their more than 2,000 members. Calum is looking forward to the challenges ahead, although well aware that he has a hard act to follow after John’s long and distinguished service.
“I feel very privileged to take on the role that John has developed over the past 23 years,” said Calum. “John has set the bar high, having achieved a number of firsts for the IoD, including first Regional Director, Young Directors Forum and IoD Regional Awards. I look forward to building on his successes and working with our local members and business community to ensure that our region goes from strength to strength.”
Calum, who is married with two children and lives near the borders of Worcestershire and the Black Country, has a CV as diverse as it is impressive. During seven years at Yell he managed teams across the West Midlands and beyond, dealing with owners and directors of businesses of every size. More recently he has been a director of Zig Zag Consulting Ltd, which supports organisations in developing partnerships, finding sponsorship and engaging with supporters. His clients have included the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Birmingham Airport, The People’s Orchestra, Marketing Birmingham, Qatar Airways, The Flatpack Film Festival and the Edgbaston Priory Club.
A rugby union enthusiast, Calum is a loyal fan of Worcester Warriors.
Dr Jason Wouhra, Chairman of the IoD West Midlands, has warmly welcomed the new Regional Director. “I have known Calum for six years and am delighted that he has agreed to join the team as we enter our next exciting chapter,” Jason said. “He has big shoes to fill but I know he will rise to the challenge. His background of engaging with businesses and their leaders across the Midlands, along with his experience in the sponsorship market, will be invaluable to the growth of our region.”
As the UK’s longest-running organisation for professional leaders, the Institute of Directors has supported businesses and the people who run them since 1903. The IoD supports over 34,500 members, covering businesses of every size, through 48 regional branches across the UK, allowing them to be influential at a local level, as well as nationally.
Members are some of the most skilled and prominent leaders in the UK, from start-up entrepreneurs to directors in the public sector and CEOs of multinational organisations.