IoD boosts Hampshire and Isle of Wight team with ambassador appointments

The IoD has appointed a raft of new ambassadors to its Hampshire and Isle of Wight branch.

The new ambassadors are leading figures from the county’s business community, who will each head up a specific sector. IoD ambassadors drive greater connectivity with members, support learning and development and give a local voice to the Institute, while ensuring that IoD national policy reflects local issues.

Matthew Wallis has been appointed Ambassador for Arts, Culture & Events.

Matthew is an experienced general manager in sales and marketing with substantial financial and international operational management expertise. He has over 30 years of sales and marketing experience including in large corporations such as Hewlett Packard and Motorola.

Matthew has managed teams across Europe, USA, Japan and India. For the past 10 years he has been helping many smaller companies to improve their sales and marketing processes.

Clive Hayler becomes Governance & Policy Ambassador.

Clive is an entrepreneur and founder of three successful life science companies with board level experience in UK and USA. He has over 30 years’ experience in the healthcare and technology sectors as a founder and director with M&A experience.

Clive is a board advisor to the NHS and pharmaceutical companies for strategy, risk management and acquisition due diligence. He is also an expert referee for the Medical Research Council for cell therapy scale-up investment.

Clive is an Independent Director for the British Karate Federation to help support and develop British Olympic and Paralympic karate talent at the Tokyo Olympic games.

Stephen Kirk has been appointed Climate and Sustainability Ambassador.

Stephen is CEO of SK Consulting & Investment and board chair of two sustainability businesses: Planet Mark and Turnkey Technology. He specialises in helping companies develop strategies that use technology to transform their business models and drive sustainable growth.

As well as his non-executive roles, Stephen leads SKCI’s team of consultants who provide strategy and leadership consulting services to high growth companies and their investors.

Stephen has specific experience and expertise in helping businesses to grow in ways that address ESG, climate change and sustainability. He plans to use this insight to help the IoD and its members become more sustainable.

Roxana Andrusca has been made Membership Journey Ambassador.

Working as a Research and Business Development Manager at the Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Roxana leads on the commercialisation of research strategy, growth and revenue generation strategy and strategic partnerships across the Trust.

Prior to joining the Trust, she worked at Solent University where she was responsible for the project management of several Research, Innovation and Enterprise (RIE) projects, development of grant applications and funding bids and strategic partnerships.

Louise Sharp has been made digital and creative ambassador.

She is founder and managing director of Makara Health, an independent, international healthcare communications agency delivering creative and digital engagement programmes for pharmaceutical and biotech clients.

During her career Louise founded two further medical communications agencies, Phase II International Communications and Zaicom International, and more recently has added Ethos Pharmaceutical Ethics and Compliance to her portfolio of companies delivering education programmes.

Louise is a committee member for the Healthcare Communications Association and the Pharmaceutical Marketing Society.

Andrew Tasker becomes Health and Life Sciences ambassador. He has more than 30 years’ experience in pharmaceuticals, consumer healthcare and medical devices. This includes senior posts with Pfizer, Bausch & Lomb, Allergan and Mentholatum.

Andrew is CEO of Femeda – a UK based company developing medical devices for female urinary incontinence. He successfully led the organisation from R&D into commercialisation, securing ongoing funding to start clinical trials and prepare for international brand development.

Three years ago, he set up Viveca Biomed as a new healthcare business in the North East supplying stress incontinence products worldwide.

Andrew has also led his own business with the development of the Puritane e-cigarette, an alternative nicotine replacement therapy. He went on to lead the sale of the electronic cigarette patents to Imperial Tobacco for over $100m which subsequently acquired Andrew’s business.

Matt Robertson joins the team as public sector ambassador.

He is Director of Corporate Services at Hampshire & Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service where he provides senior leadership to the corporate functions of the organisation including property and estate management, digital including ICT, fleet and equipment management as well as corporate governance and information compliance.

Prior to his current role, Matt worked for Hampshire County Council as strategic consultancy lead, developing and managing a range of projects for public sector clients. Before that he served in the Royal Navy and was deployed operationally across the world.

Martin Pattinson has been appointed finance ambassador.

He has had an extensive international 35-year career in property, banking and asset management.

Martin runs his own advisory business helping SMEs and financial and professional service companies overcome their challenges and achieve their ambitions.

Donald Mavunduse has been appointed Third Sector ambassador.

He has more than 25 years’ experience of the Third Sector, working for organisations such as the International Federations of Red Cross, World Vision, and Action Aid.

He is director of international operations for Send A Cow, a UK-based organisation working in East Africa. Donald – who has a Masters in charity management – has also partnered with private companies such as Accenture to implement mobile phone technology in vulnerable communities.

Aileen Ryan, chair of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight branch, said: “We are building a strong and experienced team of ambassadors with a breadth of experience and skills to support our wider membership as we recover from the pandemic and rebuild”

“Our ambassadors will also ensure that the voice of Hampshire and Isle of Wight directors is represented within the IoD’s influential lobbying voice.”

“The IoD is playing a key role in equipping directors with the connections and skills they need as we emerge from the pandemic. We will also continue to ensure that the voice of Hampshire and Isle of Wight directors is represented within the IoD’s influential lobbying voice.”

Branch enquiries to Polly Laughton

Media enquiries to Richard Abbott or Clare Walker at Cicada Communications

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