The Institute of Directors (IoD) has added to its growing network of ambassadors with the appointment of Richard Smith, managing director of specialty chemicals company Surfachem Group.
The ambassador network consists of high-profile business leaders who represent and promote the IoD in their area and grow the region’s voice on national policy matters.
Richard will be an ambassador for West Yorkshire with a focus on promoting the IoD’s Chartered Director course - the only professional qualification for directors that demands knowledge and experience of how to make boards effective and a commitment to continuous professional development.
Richard has substantial research, operations and global commercial experience. He started his chemical industry career with Courtaulds Research in 1985 following a PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Liverpool. He has been managing director of Leeds-based Surfachem Group, part of 2M Holdings, since 2012.
He said: “Completing the Chartered Director course helped me to understand the different facets of being a director and the importance of corporate governance – how to do things the correct way and always strive for best practice.
“I am now an interviewer for the next generation of Chartered Directors, which keeps my own professional development up to date.”
Jonathan Oxley, chairman of the IoD in Yorkshire and the Humber said: “This well-deserved role recognises Richard’s exceptional commitment to business and the IoD over many years.
“He joins at an exciting time for the IoD with the rollout of IoD Advance, an enhanced membership offer that takes advantage of technology to bring directors closer together to learn, network and share best practice.”
Other IoD branch ambassadors include Caroline Pullich, who leads Barclays Business and Corporate Bank in West Yorkshire, experienced North Yorkshire director Peter Wilkinson and Wakefield businessman Hugh Taylor.
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Photo caption: Richard Smith, IoD ambassador
Notes to editors
• The Institute of Directors (IoD) was founded in 1903 and obtained a Royal Charter in 1906. The IoD is a non-party political organisation with approximately 35,000 members in the United Kingdom and overseas. Membership includes directors from right across the business spectrum – from media to manufacturing, professional services to the public and voluntary sectors. Members include CEOs of large corporations as well as entrepreneurial directors of start-up companies.
• The IoD provides an effective voice to represent the interests of its members to key opinion-formers at the highest levels. These include Government ministers and their shadows, parliamentary committee members, senior civil servants and think-tanks. IoD policies and views are actively promoted to the national, regional and trade media. Follow us on Twitter to get the IoD’s reaction on business and public policy issues.
• The IoD offers a wide range of business services which include business centre facilities, with 15 UK centres (including three in London, Reading, Birmingham, Cardiff, Manchester, Nottingham, Norwich, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Belfast) and one in Paris, conferences, networking events, virtual offices, issues-led guides and literature, as well as free access to business information and advisory services. The IoD places great emphasis on director development and has established a certified qualification for directors – Chartered Director – as well as running specific board and director-level training and individual career mentoring programmes.