IoD appoints duo of Cheshire ambassadors

The Institute of Directors (IoD) has appointed two ambassadors to bolster its Cheshire leadership team.

Stuart Waddington and Helen Tonks will work alongside newly appointed branch chair Richard Huxley to connect and engage with directors across the county.

Stuart spent 12 years in the RAF delivering leadership and physical training before setting up his own business Star Development UK in 2018.

Star Development UK delivers leadership and transformational development programmes to high performing teams and individuals including chief executives and Olympic athletes. Stuart is the host of the podcast #Leadership – what’s on your mind?

Helen Tonks is co-founder and operations director of South Cheshire-based Hydraulics Online. She a specialist in strategic change management and has taken the family business start-up from a blank sheet of paper  to Department for International Trade Export Champion and a global provider that serves customers in 130 countries.

In 2020, Helen won IoD North West’s Family Business Director of the Year award and she now acts as a mentor supporting Manchester Metropolitan University’s delivery of the Government’s Help to Grow: Management Programme.

Richard Huxley, IoD Cheshire chair, said: “I am very excited to welcome Stuart and Helen to the Cheshire committee as ambassadors. Stuart brings substantial and relevant experience in leadership training while Helen has a formidable track record in the blue chip world and of working within a family business.

“We are looking for more ambassadors, so if you are a pro-active director who would like to build your profile while supporting local members, please get in touch.”

Richard, managing director of Nantwich-based NWF Fuels, was named IoD Cheshire chair in September this year.

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