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Undercover Boss to take over at IoD

29 Jul 2016
IoD flag outside 116 Pall MallThe Institute of Directors is pleased to announce that Stephen Martin, currently chief executive of the Clugston Group, has been selected to replace Simon Walker as Director General, when Simon completes his term of office towards the end of this year.

Stephen has led the Clugston Group, a large privately-owned construction, logistics and property company based in Scunthorpe, since 2006. During this time, the firm has featured in The Sunday Times Profit Track 100, The Sunday Times Top Track 250, and been celebrated in the London Stock Exchange’s 1,000 Companies To Inspire Britain report.

Originally from Northern Ireland, Stephen has been recognised personally with several construction industry awards, and has been highly commended twice in the IoD’s own Director of the Year Awards. In 2009, Stephen took part in the Channel 4 TV show, Undercover Boss, which saw him going incognito in his own company to learn what employees really thought of the firm.

Lady Barbara Judge, Chairman of the IoD, congratulated Stephen on his appointment:

“I am very pleased we have found such a strong leader to take over as Director General at the IoD. He has demonstrated his commercial ability at large and small companies over many years and will continue the excellent work of Simon Walker in making sure we continue to provide the best possible support, training and representation for British business leaders.

“Stephen is a long-standing IoD Fellow who has played an active part in the business community in Yorkshire and the Humber. He understands the challenges faced by company directors across the UK and I look forward to working closely with him as we help our members adapt to the new world we find ourselves in after the Brexit vote.”

Simon Walker, who has been Director General of the IoD since 2011, also welcomed his successor:

“Many congratulations to Stephen on his appointment. The last five years have been a tumultuous time for businesses, but the IoD is in very good shape to support members through the challenging times ahead. I have every confidence that Stephen, working alongside Barbara, will be able to take the organisation to even greater heights.”

Stephen Martin said:

“I am very excited to be taking on this new challenge at the IoD, working together with Lady Judge to make sure we are the organisation of choice for all company directors. I have found the support IoD membership provides invaluable in my role running a business based in North Lincolnshire, and want to further strengthen the Institute’s position in all regions and nations of the UK. The IoD’s mission to provide excellent professional development for directors is hugely important to ensuring British companies are well-run, and I look forward to continuing innovation in director training.”

Stephen Martin Biography

Stephen Martin began his career as a quantity surveyor, before going on to hold a series of management positions at engineering and construction companies. In 2006 he became group chief executive of the Clugston Group, which combines construction, civil engineering, logistics, property development, property investments and facilities management businesses. Founded in Scunthorpe in 1937, Clugston is one of the UK’s largest private companies, with over 600 staff.

Stephen plays an active role in the Yorkshire and Humber business community, acting as a business mentor to start-ups in the region and an Apprenticeship Ambassador. In 2009, he appeared on the first series of the Channel 4 television show Undercover Boss. His term as Director General of the Institute of Directors, which represents around 35,000 UK directors, begins towards the end of 2016.    


3 February 1966


London Business School, London

MBA 2003

University of Ulster, Belfast

Bachelors, Quantity Surveying 1988



Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire

Group Chief Executive Officer


Walsall, West Midlands

Chief Executive Officer

2000-2004 AMEY RAIL LTD.

Bristol, South Gloucestershire

Commercial Director


Sheffield, South Yorkshire

Procurement, Estimating & Quality Control Manager


Commercial Director

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