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Yorkshire North East

New IoD Head to speak at Director Skills Day in York

01 Oct 2019

• Boost your strategy, leadership and effectiveness skills.
• Meet the newly appointed IoD Director General Jon Geldart
• Enjoy lunch with business leaders at the Principal York hotel.

Directors from across Yorkshire and the North East are to converge on York for the region’s inaugural Directors’ Skills Day.

The Institute of Directors (IoD) will stage the all-day event at Principal Hotel, York, on 8 November. Guest speaker will be Jon Geldart, the newly appointed Director General of the IoD, who himself if on the pathway to becoming an IoD Chartered Director.

Whether you’re a newly appointed director, aspiring to achieve your first board position or looking to progress your career to the next level, this exclusive day of workshops is designed to develop your understanding of strategy, leadership, and effectiveness.

The Directors' Skills Day comprises four short courses:
• Strategic Decision Making
• Practical tips for becoming a NED
• Evaluating your board
• Step to the top - are you Board-ready?

The day will be led by Damon Clark, a founder of the Brandwidth Group, an international marketing services business with offices in Windsor, London and California. The Group was sold to an AIM listed Company in 2018.

An experienced dealmaker and NED, Damon specialises in creating new businesses and value through start-ups, merger, joint venture and acquisition. He has then sold many of these businesses.

Attendees will be part of a group of leaders from organisations of all shapes and sizes across the region, providing an opportunity to connect, learn and share. Content will include industry case studies and practical exercises designed to facilitate peer networking.

Natalie Sykes, regional director of the IoD in Yorkshire and the North East, said: “We are delighted to welcome Jon to speak at our second Director Skills Day following his appointment as Director General. His insight and expertise will perfectly complement the wide-ranging and vital content of our four expertly-led courses.”

Course attendees can register for a morning session, afternoon session or the full day.
Prices start from £140 for IoD members but the courses are open to all. To book, visit or contact

Contact IoD Yorkshire

Contact the branches team here.

IoD Yorkshire & North East
Old Broadcasting House
Woodhouse Lane

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