IoD member influence engagement webinar ESG Priorities for UK companies

Join the IoD Kent Ambassadors ‘Influence’ Sub-Committee in a Quarterly 60 minutes online Presentation & Discussion

The IoD believes that ‘Better Directors Build a Better World’. Over the next 3 years (2021- 2023) the newly formed IoD Kent Influence sub-committee will be reaching out on a quarterly basis to IoD Members in an online Presentation & Discussion format in support of this belief.

The IoD Kent Influence sub-committee comprises William English CBE, Chair & Ambassador for Policy and Corporate Governance, and Lesley Bennett, Senior Branch Manager for IoD Kent and SE Region.

Each event will be just 60mins long and include a guest speaker speaking for 15 minutes, followed by 25 minutes of open forum discussion on the chosen subject. In the last 5 minutes the Chair will sum up with some key take-aways and signposting to further study in the topic of the day.

We hope Members will find these events both intellectually stimulating and an opportunity to broaden their network across the IoD community.

Topic to be announced shortly

Speaker Details

William English CBE, CDir, FIoD: IoD Kent Ambassador for Policy and Corporate Governance

William is a Chartered Director and Fellow with the Institute of Directors (CDir & FIoD); a Chartered Manager (CMgr) and Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (FCMI); a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS) and Master of Science (MSc) in Defence and Strategic Studies.

William English CBE, has had a 36-year career serving across four continents in the Armed Forces. Having worked at senior levels in cross-government policy development, as well as strategic and operational delivery, William also brings considerable experience working within multi-national organisations, including NATO, the European Union and the United Nations. William brings proven global strategic, political/military and media planning expertise to the board of OSTC Ltd Group as an Independent Non-Executive Director (INED). In addition, William is the Owner of his own multi-generational family business/estate in mid-Kent.

Kitty Ussher Chief Economist

Kitty joined the Institute of Directors as Chief Economist in September 2021. She is a UK macroeconomist and public policy research professional, and was most recently Chief Economic Advisor at the cross-party think-tank Demos.

A former MP for Burnley, her government experience includes serving as Economic Secretary to the Treasury during the early phase of the financial crisis (2007-08) and also as a junior minister at the Department for Work and Pensions (2008-09). Previously she was a special adviser at the Department for Trade and Industry, and a local government councillor in Lambeth.

Since stepping back from active politics in 2010, she has devised and delivered public policy thought leadership research projects both through Demos and her own company Tooley Street Research.

From 2017-19 she undertook a sabbatical teaching maths in inner-city schools on the Now Teach scheme established by the FT journalist Lucy Kellaway.

She holds a degree in Politics and Economics (PPE) from Balliol College Oxford and an MSc in Economics from Birkbeck College London. In her early career she worked as a macroeconomic forecaster at the Economist Intelligence Unit.

Speakers

Kitty Ussher

Kitty Ussher is a UK macroeconomist and public policy research professional and the Chief Economist at the Institute of Directors. A former MP for Burnley, she served as Economic Secretary to the Treasury (“City minister”) during the early phase of the financial crisis and subsequently as a junior minister at the Department for Work and Pensions.

She then moved to the private sector, delivering public policy thought leadership research projects for large corporates and charities. She has served on the FCA consumer panel and in addition to her work at the IoD is also a NED for an asset manager and a fast-growing fintech.

William English CBE, CDir, FIoD

William English CBE, has had a 36-year career serving across four continents in the Armed Forces.  Having worked at senior levels in cross-government policy development, as well as strategic and operational delivery, William also brings considerable experience working within multi-national organisations, including NATO, the European Union and the United Nations. William brings proven global strategic, political/military and media planning expertise to the board of OSTC Ltd Group as an Independent Non-Executive Director (INED). In addition, William is the Owner of his own multi-generational family business/estate in mid-Kent. William is IoD Kent Ambassador for Policy and Corporate Governance.

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