IoD appoints Black Country and Staffordshire chair

The Institute of Directors (IoD) has appointed Paul Wood to lead its Black Country and Staffordshire branch.

The IoD supports members to become better directors. Paul will work alongside a team of branch ambassadors to provide connections, professional development opportunities and an influential lobbying voice in the area.

Paul has amassed more 40 years of experience in manufacturing, distribution and investment businesses.

He is founder and board member of three businesses that specialise in tax allowances. Working alongside his son, he manages a team of ten and works with top ten accountants and quoted companies.

Paul said: “I feel privileged to take on the role of branch chair for this diverse and exciting business community. I want to pass on my experience to help other individuals and I can’t think of a better place to do this than within the IoD. It’s not been the easiest time for anyone leading an organisation but I look forward to the challenges ahead and believe that we are stronger together.”

Inez Brown, chair of IoD West Midlands, added: “We are delighted that Paul has agreed to chair our active Black Country and Staffordshire branch. He will be the standard bearer for local directors, providing support and inspiration as we provide members with the tools to not just recover and rebuild but prosper.”

The Black Country and Staffordshire branch was created in 2020 as part of a geographical restructure of IoD West Midlands, designed to remove outdated boundaries.

Inez Brown was appointed to lead IoD West Midlands in July. She is one of the leading figures in the region’s legal business community, with 20 years’ experience as a solicitor.

About us:

  • 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 25,000 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, 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.

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