Member Spotlight

Get to know IoD members in the North West


Lorien Howarth


Director of Corporate Affairs, DBD International

How would you describe your business to a total stranger?

DBD International is a consultancy providing solutions to complex problems across the nuclear sector. Our key capabilities are in nuclear engineering, mission optimisation and safety and & assurance, serving the decommissioning, defence and energy market sectors.

Your previous roles:

Before joining DBD I was Head of Corporate Affairs at BRE (the Building Research Establishment), and prior to that Government Affairs Manager at AIRTO (the Association of Innovation, Research & Technology Organisations). I spent a number of years at the National Nuclear Laboratory in commercial and strategy roles.

Other information (eg other positions held, charity roles):

I am an Associate Member of the Nuclear Institute and the Company Advocate for the Nuclear Institute’s Young Generation Network. I am also the Women in Nuclear UK Corporate Membership lead.

What do you do outside work? (hobbies/interests):

As a mum of two small boys, I spend most of my time outside work involved in a sporting activity! I have also practised yoga for many years. I love London and try to regularly spend time there.

How long have you been an IoD member?

I joined the IoD in July 2022.

Why did you join the IoD?

I wanted to have access to a peer network outside of my immediate sector. I also thought there was a wealth of excellent events and learning resources offered by the IoD. I am also considering the Director qualifications.

Which parts of IoD membership do you value most?

I like that there are both North West and London events and that there is a mixture of online and in person options available to engage with other members and take part in interesting events.

How would you describe your branch area to a total stranger?

The North West is a significant contributor to the UK’s economy and a vibrant place to visit. I lived in Manchester city centre for many years, and it is a fantastic place to live and work, as are many other places in the region.

What is the most important issue for the government to tackle?

The cost-of-living crisis is the dominating issue right now. Coming out of the pandemic and the pressures on the public purse, there is an unenviable task to try to navigate the road ahead.

What do you hope to be doing in 10 years’ time?

In 10 years’, time I hope to be in a position to enjoy a great work/life balance with plenty of sunshine breaks and time with my beautiful boys.

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