The Institute of Directors (IoD) has appointed Andy Steele as an East Yorkshire ambassador.
Andy set up 360 Chartered Accountants 11 years ago and now employs a team of 25 at offices in Hull and Withernsea that serve clients across the UK.
He is a trustee of three organisations: the 360 Foundation, which helps children to access grass roots sport; the Mose Masoe Foundation, which provides relief from financial and mental hardship amongst current and former rugby players who suffer spinal injuries; and The Education Alliance, a multi-academy trust in East Yorkshire.
Outside of work Andy enjoys watching Hull City at home and away and promoting the city and its local business community.
IoD ambassadors ensure that everything the IoD does places the member first. They enable greater connectivity, create influence and drive professional development opportunities while giving a local voice to the Institute. Each ambassador leads on a sector or portfolio area that best aligns with their personal business expertise.
Andy said: “As we recover and return to growth following the pandemic, directors need the tools and inspiration to boost their business operations. We live and work in a fantastic part of the country and, by working together to build connections and influence, we can ensure East Yorkshire gets the investment and prominence it deserves.”
Andy’s appointment follows the arrival this year of Debra Leeves to lead IoD East Yorkshire. Debra is chief executive of Vertual, a technology spin-out from the University of Hull that specialises in virtual reality training systems in radiation therapy.
Debra said: “I’m delighted that Andy has joined our team, as he has such passion for the region and its business community.
“We are looking for more ambassadors in our region. If you are passionate about business and keen to build your profile as a leading voice for the IoD, we would love to hear from you.”
The IoD secured vital support for directors during the Covid-19 pandemic, including financial assistance for wage bills and changes to insolvency rules.