The IoD regional chair for Yorkshire and also director of corporate finance at Lupton Fawcett Denison Till, Jonathan Oxley, talks strength, heritage and plans for the next 12 months
Why are you proud to represent the IoD?
The IoD enables members of the business community to have an influential voice on policy matters. We give business leaders a voice by bringing them together and engaging with local businesses, the LEPs, public sector bodies and universities. We develop directors’ skills and promote good governance. One of my main focuses is to ensure that the views of IoD members in our region are communicated to our headquarters in Pall Mall and then onwards to government through the regular meetings that the IoD leadership has with ministers.
How many members do you represent, and in which sectors?
We have around 1300 members in the Yorkshire and Humber region who come from a wide variety of industries ranging from traditional manufacturing to cutting-edge technology. Our membership includes experienced entrepreneurs and emerging, young directors. A great mix.
Which sectors would you like to attract?
All are welcome to join the IoD of course but we are particularly keen to hear from young, developing entrepreneurs who can take advantage of our Young Directors’ Forum (YDF) and the IoD 99.
What is so unique about your region?
One of the strengths of the Yorkshire and Humber region is the sheer diversity of its economy. We have a tremendous heritage in manufacturing, a strong financial services centre in Leeds, a burgeoning renewables industry and unrivalled tourism offers. I also continue to be impressed by the can-do spirit of our people – entrepreneurialism clearly runs in the blood!
What does your region offer business leaders?
We work hard to grow the region's influence through Policy Voice, organise high quality events (often combined with CPD-accredited Masterclasses) and ensure the IoD’s voice is heard in government and business. Our regional hub, at Old Broadcasting House in Leeds, includes a well-equipped members' lounge.
What has your region done in the past year that you are particularly proud of?
We have attracted national representatives of the IoD to visit our region to meet with business leaders and engage on key issues such as the Northern Powerhouse devolution agenda. I am proud to say that they leave with a positive impression of business in Yorkshire and the Humber.
What are you most looking forward to, as IoD regional chair, in the next 12 months?
Helping our members to develop further and facilitating discussion and debate on important issues such as regional devolution.
Finally, what's your personal business ethos?
Value your customers and your people. The rest is admin.