Dear members and colleagues,
As I mentioned in my welcome message, I’ll be communicating with you through informal blogs on a monthly basis.
Firstly, I want to take this opportunity to thank all the members and staff I have met and who have sent me messages, for being incredibly kind and welcoming to me. I will be working hard to listen to you and amplify your insights, to instigate an improved member experience; to increase collaboration and implement change where needed.
From the beginning, it has been an exciting time for me at the IoD. I have enjoyed a very full and intensive induction before my first board meeting, on the 21st September. The induction covered some key areas: people, culture, and media, as well as the formal processes and procedures required of any new starter. I have been meeting staff, board and council members and finding out many things about our institution.
The first week at Pall Mall was also spent getting a better insight into how the IoD operates. Whilst in the ground floor directors’ room I have also had the opportunity to chat to a variety of members. It has been great to experience the positive attitude and interest in making the IoD even better, from everyone I have met and spoken to during the first month.
Meeting staff at Pall Mall and getting more insight into the various work streams has also been very helpful. Having been a member for over a decade, I have a good picture of what the output to members is. Looking behind the scenes I have realised how many details are attended to by our staff to make it all go round. I have found everyone really open and supportive during the ‘settling in’ period, from the welcoming reception and service staff, through to the executives.
My first public engagement for the IoD was – alongside the rest of the Board, and Allie Renison, Head of Europe & Trade Policy - to have breakfast with the United States’ Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Woody Johnson, at the ambassadorial residence in Regent’s Park. We discussed Brexit and trade agreements, putting across the views of our members. It was very interesting to also learn about the American perspective on various issues – and that of one of our closest allies and trading partners.
The last day of the month was spent taking part in in the Birmingham leg of Stephen’s roadshow of members events, kindly hosted by Calum Nisbet, Regional Directors for the West Midlands. The event was well attended by members, and we had some great discussions around the future of the IoD with constructive input into areas like community, networking, mentoring, professionalism and localisation.
All in all, it was a really enjoyable day and I look forward to attending more events in other regions. Thank you to all those involved with arranging the roadshow and to the members who take part. These events are an important part of getting it right for our members both now and in the future. It is the vast number of members that gives the IoD a strong voice and influence nationally and internationally. I sincerely hope that together we can find good ways to get even stronger through increased membership numbers.
Happy October to all,