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Newsletter Yorkshire and North East

Let’s make 2019 a fantastic year for business Dr Joanna Berry Chairman, North East

Winter 2018

Meet our Director new chair: of the Year Charlotte Valeur Awards

Welcome to our newsletter

Yorkshire and the Humber is a wonderful place to do business, as more investors from the UK and overseas are finding out. A special welcome to those of you reading this for the first time as new members. Please share this newsletter with others and I hope that you find value from being involved with your regional IoD.

Welcome to our e-newsletter. I am proud that our region continues to go from strength to strength and the recent announcement that Channel 4 is to relocate part of its HQ to Leeds is a further, welcome boost to confidence.

If you are visiting Leeds please use the facilities of our excellent HQ at Cloth Hall Court in Leeds. We also have business lounges across the region (see the back cover for details). The IoD is committed to supporting members, encouraging entrepreneurialism and promoting good governance for the benefit of all.

Members can attend a wide range of events designed to support your personal development and understanding of the wider business environment (not just Brexit!). Through our breakfasts, dinners and social gatherings you will gain access to director peers and new insights to help you do business better. Please come along, get involved and share your views. We represent your voice and input your views directly to government. The Chancellor’s November Budget showed he had listened to business leaders with reforms on business rates and the Apprenticeship Levy but with Brexit looming large, we need to maintain our strong voice. Rest assured, we will represent your views. Jon Geldart Chairman, Yorkshire and the Humber

It’s been a turbulent year for the business world. Change is a constant theme. Brexit has dominated the headlines but I have been heartened to see local businesses thrive, grow, change hands and continue to represent the North East on a global stage – despite the economic uncertainty. It has been a year of progress for the IoD. Our new Chair, Charlotte Valeur is a huge champion of diversity in all its forms. Charlotte’s challenge to me and my IoD committee is to reinforce the importance of ethnic and gender diversity in our UK boardrooms. I agree that we must develop a new generation capable of rising to this challenge. And the messages need to come from the top.


There are many inspirational women in this region, some of whom I am lucky to count as colleagues and friends. I would love to see this group grow. The IoD is renowned for the excellence of its events, which provide opportunities to connect with business leaders, boost skills and shape our policy voice. In 2018, I was proud to share a platform with representatives of the British Army’s Ice Maiden expedition for our North East Business Leaders’ Dinner in Newcastle. And we have more inspiration lined up for April when Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson joins us for a star-studded evening that celebrates sport and business (see page 12).

The IoD needs your input. If you would like to get more involved, please do get in touch with me or one of my Ambassadors. Together, let’s make 2019 a fantastic year for business. Dr Joanna Berry Chairman, North East

I write this introduction at a tumultuous time for the UK economy as we stand just months away from exiting the European Union. We have spent much of the past two years helping members to plan effectively amid uncertain conditions. Your voice matters – we use our influential Policy Voice reports to feed your views directly back to Whitehall. Looking to the year ahead, collaboration will become ever more important. That’s why we’re evolving our market-leading events. Some of you may already know about Mastermind, where you can bounce your ideas, challenges and opportunities off an advisory panel of experienced business people over a working dinner. We will be staging more Masterminds across the region. There has never been a better time to develop your skills as a director. We will be placing a greater focus on our Chartered Director programme in 2019 – our exclusive qualification under Royal Charter for the world’s best directors. Look out for a series of Chartered Director Insight events. You could follow in the footsteps of Vickie Brown, finance director at Barnsley-based Distinction Doors, who attained one of the top three results in the country. The IoD is for entrepreneurs and business leaders, of al ages, from all industries and companies of all sizes. Get involved – together we’ll prosper. Ps – don’t forget to enter our Director of the Year Awards (see page six). Good luck! Natalie Sykes Regional director, Yorkshire and the North East

Meet the new member: Steve McNicol

Meet the new member: Greg Barton

Tell us about your business Ward Hadaway is a Top 100 UK law firm with offices in Newcastle, Leeds and Manchester. We have more than 470 people providing a full service offering to individuals, businesses, public sector organisations and the third sector. We celebrate our 30th anniversary this year.

Tell us about your business Surfachem specialises in the supply of speciality ingredients, formulation expertise and innovative product concepts to manufacturers of beauty, personal care, detergent and pharmaceutical products.

How did you start out? I started as a banking lawyer and worked for one of the top London firms. A secondment to Deloitte opened my eyes to business strategy and leadership and I was appointed chief executive at a regional law firm in 2004, aged 34. Early on in that role I spent time in the USA with businesses that had received accolades for their approach to “service excellence”. That’s where my fascination for customer service and the client experience started. What are you doing today? I joined Ward Hadaway in April 2018 as Strategic Business Development Partner – a newly created role for the firm, focussing on developing our client experience programme and leading on business development strategy across all three offices. I also sit on the board. Why did you join the IoD? I have always learned a lot by listening to senior figures in other businesses: about their opportunities and challenges and how they meet them head on. So I joined the IoD to connect with interesting people and to learn.

We’re a privately-owned company, headquartered in Leeds, and part of the 2M Holdings group. In recent years we have acquired and opened subsidiary businesses in Brazil, Norway, Germany, Poland and Belgium to complement our international business, which exports to more than 60 countries. How did you start out? I did a placement year with Volkswagen Group UK as a part of my marketing degree. After graduating I worked in the automotive industry before the world of chemical distribution found me in 2004. I worked for Albion Chemicals, which became Brenntag UK, before taking my current role in 2015. What are you doing today? At Surfachem we have an innovative, entrepreneurial and collaborative culture and are growing quickly as a result of organic growth and international expansion. My roles of sales and marketing director and deputy managing director are all about creating the environment in which everyone can thrive and express themselves. Why did you join the IoD? As the business expands, I recognised the need to further my own personal and professional abilities through the Chartered Director programme. I am proud of my northern roots and want to contribute to the business community in Yorkshire. 3

Meet our new chair: Charlotte Valeur


Charlotte Valeur has held seven directorships at public companies, including three as chair, over the last decade. With a background in finance – including stints at Societe Generale, BNP-Paribas and S.G. Warburg – she has experience in property, infrastructure and renewable energy.

The IoD has appointed a corporate governance and board diversity expert as the new chair of its board.

Originally from Copenhagen and speaking six languages, Charlotte is a specialist in corporate governance, founding and running her own advisory firm, the Global Governance Group. She is a keen advocate for diversity in the boardroom and has backed this up with action by founding Board Apprentice. This non-profit organisation gives individuals hands-on experience at the top of business and has been cited in the Government’s recent reviews on ethnic and gender diversity in UK boardrooms as a resource for effecting real change. Stephen Martin, director general of the IoD, said: “She brings with her an impressive range of experience, gained by leading businesses of different sizes and sectors. This will put her in tune with the breadth of IoD members. As a member herself for over a decade, Charlotte possesses a first-hand understanding of what the Institute can and should be providing for the director of today. “With a new chair in place, I’m confident that we can further strengthen our position as the UK’s leading governance institute. I know that Charlotte’s insight and genuine commitment to good governance will ensure we are perfectly placed to lead as we begin a fresh chapter in the Institute’s history. “On top of this, Charlotte doesn’t just talk the talk when it comes to diversity. With Board Apprentice she has already made a genuine difference, and I’m sure she will continue in this vein as chair of the IoD.” Chris Walton, outgoing interim chair, said: “I am very pleased to be able to pass the baton on to Charlotte, who has a breadth of business experience and a passion for corporate governance. The last few months have been a period of renewal for the IoD, and Charlotte and Stephen are well

placed to take the organisation on to bigger and better things. “It has been a pleasure to serve as interim chair of the Institute. The country needs skilled and knowledgeable business leaders, now more than ever, and I know the IoD will continue to be a vital source of support and development for them for many years to come.” Charlotte Valeur said: “It’s a privilege to be appointed chair at such an historic institution. But more than this, I see it as an exciting opportunity to contribute to the IoD as it embraces the needs of the modern business leader. “It’s imperative that people of all backgrounds know that the world of business is not a closed shop, and the IoD has a major part to play in achieving this. Firms draw strength from their diversity of perspective, while the good standing of business leaders in society relies upon the route to the top being open to all. “Good corporate governance is not only fundamental to the IoD’s charter but is also one of the UK’s prime assets in the global marketplace. I look forward to continuing the IoD’s work providing first-class professional development for directors and leading the governance policy debate. With the challenges of the modern business environment only increasing in complexity, the IoD’s role supporting, training, and connecting leaders is more vital than ever.”

You can meet Charlotte at our Business Leaders’ Dinner on 4 April 2019 at the Newcastle Gateshead Hilton, where she will be joined by star speakers from the world of sport including legends from Newcastle United and Sunderland.


Have you got what it takes to be a Director of the Year?

entry process is refreshingly simple and open to all. We’re looking forward to celebrating the success and diversity of regional business.”

on as possible, from construction and appraisals to refurbishment projects, while leading the wider growth of the business.

Natalie Sykes, regional director of the IoD in Yorkshire and the North East, said: “I’d like to add a huge thank you to our departing judge Andy Wood for his fantastic efforts in helping us to identify the region’s top directors.

The search is on for the most talented company directors in Yorkshire and the North East.

The winners will be celebrated at a black-tie dinner in the prestigious Principal York hotel on 4 July 2019.

Naveen said: “Winning such a prestigious award and being recognised in this way is fantastic for everyone in the team. It gives us a real buzz and focus. We pride ourselves on the inclusive way that we run the business. Everyone is part of the family and everyone can share in this success. It also sets a benchmark for the next generation of colleagues coming through.”

Entries have opened for the IoD’s Director of the Year Awards 2019, which honour the best in business leadership.

They will go through to represent the region at the UK Director of the Year finals later in the year, where they could follow in the footsteps of Naveen Ahmed of Leeds-based Parklane Group, who was named the UK’s top director of a family business for 2018.

New categories have been added to recognise the Young Director of the Year and the leading director of a business with a £50 million-plus turnover. The judging panel will be chaired by Simon Walton, managing partner at Berwick Partners/Odgers Berndtson, Leeds. He said: “These prestigious awards recognise individuals who meet the highest standards of leadership in business, public and third sectors. The

Naveen Ahmed, Parklane Group UK’s top director of a family business for 2018. 6

“If you’ve got what it takes to join our judging panel, please get in touch now.”

Over the last four decades, The Parklane Group has become a market leader in property and leisure, owning and operating leading brands including Roomzzz aparthotels and IconInc student accommodation. Naveen has more than 30 years’ experience in the property industry. As managing director, he is as hands-

At our 2018 awards for Yorkshire and the North East, Lady Ruby Sykes was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award. The former High Sherriff of South Yorkshire has devoted much of her time to working for public organisations and charities. She is married to the renowned industrialist and former Master Cutler Sir Hugh Sykes. Richard Harpin, founder and chief executive of national home assistance company Homeserve, received the Chairman’s Award for Excellence in Director and Board Practice. Harpin set up HomeServe in 1993. The business now has 8.4 million customers and a dedicated network of tradespeople.

Lady Ruby Sykes Lifetime Achievement Award.

Geoff Shepherd, managing director of iSource Group and founder of The Yorkshire Mafia, received the Judges’ Special Award. The Yorkshire Mafia organises the annual Buy Yorkshire, the North’s biggest annual B2B conference and exhibition, and Leeds Business Week. Geoff is also behind the charity Ho Ho Homeless. Other winners included Global Director David Langworth of NM Group, Knaresborough; SME Director Sunny Sharma of Pet Brands, Leeds; Start-Up Director Ben Barker of Artemis Brew, Womersley; and Innovation award winner Dr Adam Beaumont of Leedsbased aql.

To enter, go to yorks-northeast The deadline is 12 April 2019. The 2019 categories Director of the Year – Non-Executive Director of the Year – Innovation

New Director of the Year was Nicholas Oates of Fabricom Offshore Services while Simon Wallis of The Hepworth Wakefield was named Public / Third Sector Director of the Year and Jo Haigh of FDS Director Services was Non-Exec Director of the Year.

Director of the Year – Young

Inclusivity Director of the Year was Tracy Wray of The University of Sheffield and the Corporate Social Responsibility award went to Martin Port of BigChange.

Director of the Year – Small-Medium Business (up to £50 million turnover)

Director of the Year – Public/Third Sector Director of the Year – Family Business Director of the Year – Inclusivity Director of the Year – Corporate Social Responsibility Director of the Year – Start-Up Director of the Year – Large Business (more than £50 million turnover) Chairman’s Award for Excellence in Director and Board Practice

Our judges for 2019: Simon Walton, Berwick Partners Karl Pemberton, Active Chartered Financial Planners Rachel Hannan, The Hannan Partnership Therese Liddle, NRG Group Terry Hodgkinson CBE DL, Terry Hodgkinson Ltd

Simon Walton, chair of the judging panel 7

Connections and celebrations

From Sheffield in the South to Newcastle in the North, it has been another excellent year of IoD events. Featuring big name speakers, quality networking and excellent food at some of our region’s finest venues, guests have enjoyed socialising, top notch entertainment and the opportunity to debate key issues. If you haven’t had the opportunity to join us yet, what are you waiting for? See page 10 onwards for details of events coming to your area soon. Among the highlights of 2018 was our traditional North Yorkshire Annual Dinner, held in the luxurious surroundings of the Rudding Park hotel near Harrogate. As it was Burns’ Night, the evening had a Scottish flavour, with guests piped through for dinner and a rendition of Auld Lang Syne. Hosted by Charles Runcie with guest speaker Edwin Morgan, IoD director of policy and music from the outstanding Ellie Coast, it was an evening to remember for all concerned. We’ll be back at Rudding Park for our 2019 event on 24 January (see page 10). In March, we were honoured to have representatives of the British Army’s Ice Maiden expedition for our North East Business Leaders’ Dinner at the Crowne Plaza Newcastle. The six soldiers were the first allfemale team to attempt the 1,700km crossing of Antarctica. 8

Our IoD motto is ‘inspiring business’ and guests were left truly inspired by this story of teamwork, skill and determination. More inspiration arrived in May courtesy of Paul Blythe, the guest speaker at our South Yorkshire Annual Dinner in the fabulous Cutlers’ Hall, Sheffield. Paul spent nearly 30 years in the Royal Navy, of which 3,199 days (more than eight years!) were underwater. He captained HMS Vengeance and HMS Vanguard, two nuclear powered submarines which carried 16 Trident nuclear missiles and patrolled the Atlantic on high alert. His address was a lesson in the art of calmness and decision making. The South Yorkshire dinner has quickly established itself as one of the must-attend events for regional business leaders, thanks to branch chairman Keith Jackson and his team. We’re grateful to Master Cutler Ken Cooke for his address and permission to use the historic venue. Of course, not all our events are blacktie dinners. We also do lunch! In May, we challenged Yorkshire businesses to make their voice heard on the North-South divide at our Northern Lights event in York. Over lunch, guests heard from Roger Marsh OBE, chairman of the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and Henri Murison of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership. The panel

also included Dean Fathers, chairman of Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Prof Terry Hodgkinson CBE, former chairman of regional development agency Yorkshire Forward. These events are forums for debate and are vitally important to the IoD. We feed back guests’ views to our influential, national policy team which lobbies government on behalf of members. Our East Yorkshire team pulled off a coup by signing up Olympic gold medallist Sally Gunnell as the guest speaker for our Humber Luncheon in June, which signals the start of Humber Business Week. Sally is the only woman ever to hold four titles concurrently – Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth – in the 400m hurdles. Since retiring from athletics in 1997, she mixes motivational speaking with running corporate well-being programmes. She was made an MBE in 1993 and an OBE in 1998. There are many parallels to be drawn between sporting achievement and success in business and who better to inspire attendees than one of Britain’s highest achieving sportswomen.

Sally Gunnell and Pat Coyle, IoD branch chair, East Yorkshire

Northern Lights lunch - Prof Dean Fathers, Terry Hodgkinson, Richard Abbott, Natalie Sykes, Henri Murison, Roger Marsh

Dr Joanna Berry

IoD South Yorkshire committee

IoD South Yorkshire dinner.

This is just a taste of what the IoD has been doing over the past 12 months. Turn over to read about some of the fantastic events coming your way soon! Ice Maiden Major Sandy Hennis 9

Forthcoming events in your area Introducing: IoD Mastermind If you run a business it’s likely that you don’t have non-executive directors, an advisory panel or a formal group of trusted and experienced business people who you can bounce ideas off and who can help you with the challenges and opportunities in your organisation. That’s why we have created IoD Mastermind, facilitated by IoD member Nick Bradley. This is a monthly

Harrogate business breakfast

IoD Meet Up Monday 10

‘board’ meeting for you to learn and share in a small group built on the solid foundations of experience and integrity. A working dinner is included. The next event is on 7 January following our popular meet-up Monday at Ibérica, Leeds, with further events on 4 February, 4 March and 1 April. We’ll also be rolling out Mastermind in Harrogate, Newcastle and York. Watch this space!

Roger Marsh

IoD North East Business Leaders’ Lunch with Bank of England 3 December 2018, Noon Ward Hadaway boardroom, Newcastle upon Tyne Members £20, non-members £25 Mauricio Armellini, North East Agent for the Bank of England will give his informed views of the economy. Mauricio has been a member of the Government Economic Service since 2008, when he joined the Department for Work and Pensions. In 2013 he went on secondment to the North East Local Enterprise Partnership, where he worked as Chief Economist until his appointment by the Bank of England in September 2014. A two-course lunch will be served.

IoD Meet Up Monday 3 December 2018, 5-6pm Ibérica, Leeds Free to attend Join IoD Yorkshire and our IoD 99 community at Ibérica’s La Bodega, the wine bar in the basement from 5pm – 6pm and enjoy complementary pintxos! Alex Mitchell, Chair, IoD 99 and Ben Barker, Founder and MD of cold brew coffee maker Artemis Brew (and winner of the Start Up category in this year’s IoD Yorkshire & North East Director of the Year Awards), will give this month’s elevator pitch.

IoD Business Breakfast – “Is it a dream or is it a Hyperloop?” 10 January 2018, 8.30am West Park Hotel, Harrogate Members £10, non-members £15 Join us for our monthly Business Breakfast and hear about the transformational technology set to revolutionise transport. Hyperloop is a new mode of transport that carries passengers or cargo in pods. The pods travel inside a low-pressure tube using magnetic levitation at speeds of up to 1,000 kmh. A leading former figure from Virgin Hyperloop One, Dr Alan James, will be our guest speaker alongside Roger Marsh OBE of the Leeds city region LEP and our IoD National Council member for Yorkshire and the North East. Network with fellow guests, ask questions and feedback your views on transport to Whitehall via our influential policy voice. IoD North Yorkshire Annual Dinner ‘Burns Night’ 24 January 2019, 7pm-10.30pm Rudding Park Hotel, Harrogate Members £56, non-members £70. Members tables of 10 £550, nonmembers £650. Fair fa’ your honest, sonsie face, Great Chieftain o’ the Puddin-race! Join us for a Burns Night themed evening at one of Yorkshire’s most luxurious venues. Co-hosted by Charles Runcie, former Head of BBC Sport and Natalie Sykes, IoD regional director, with guest speaker Carolyn Radford, CEO at Mansfield Town Football Club and music from the outstanding Cris Quammie, This is a black-tie event not to be missed!

Jon Geldart

Cris Quammie

Charles Runcie

To book, please contact or iod.northeast@iod. com. All stated prices are exclusive of VAT.


IoD Leaders’ Lunch - Beyond Brexit 7 February 2019, Noon-3pm The Mansion, Leeds Members £30, non-members £40

IoD South Yorkshire Annual Dinner 2 May 2019, 7pm Cutler’s Hall, Sheffield Members £55, non-members £65

Is your business ready for Brexit? Understand how it could affect your business with expert advice from Allie Renison, IoD expert on Brexit and Head of Europe and Trade Policy and share your views. Allie devises recommendations and represents the voice of members on EU reform matters and provides the link between business and Government on increasing international trade.

Join us at the magnificent Cutlers’ Hall, Sheffield for an event that has quickly become a ‘must-attend’ for regional business leaders. Join 200 people from across the business spectrum, ranging from advanced manufacturing to professional services and the public and third sectors. Speakers to include Nicholas Cragg, Master Cutler.

speakers and view the facilities for meetings and conferences of up to 300 delegates. Attendance is free for all, regardless of membership. This Autumn we will be taking Open Doors on the road with York, Newcastle and Hull. Check the website for full details. IoD Humber Luncheon 3 June 2019, Noon KCOM Stadium, Hull Members £47, non-members £57, Table of 10 £450.

Join friends and colleagues from the business community at the IoD Humber Luncheon which kick starts Humber Business Week 2019. Big IoD NE Behind the Scenes of Greggs name speaker to be confirmed. Pat 5 March 2019, 10am-2pm Coyle, chair, IoD East Yorkshire Branch Greggs, Newcastle upon Tyne said: “Our annual lunch has become Members free, non-members £20 Our popular Open Doors event is a popular fixture in the regional Greggs is the leading bakery food-on-the- going on tour in 2019! We have held business calendar. It is the perfect already held several successful Open go retailer in the UK, with almost 1,900 way to kick-start a week of excellent Doors events at our Yorkshire regional retail outlets throughout the country. Humber Business Week events. I would headquarters, Cloth Hall Court in Leeds. urge people to book early as the event Serving millions of customers a week, We return to Cloth Hall Court on 13 May, is always very popular and this year’s the vision is to become customers’ when guests can hear from inspiring favourite for food on-the-go. Now you event was a sell-out” can go behind the scenes at Greggs state of the art bakery and hear how it went from bakery to UK’s leading food on the go retailer. Lunch will be provided. IoD Open Doors 13 May 2019 Cloth Hall Court, Leeds… then onwards to York, Newcastle and Hull! Free to attend

IoD North East Business Leaders’ Dinner – Business-Collaboration-Community 4 April 2019, 7pm Newcastle Gateshead Hilton, Gateshead Early booking by 31 December: Members £60.87, non-members £65.22. Tables of 10 members £565.22, nonmembers £608.70. The IoD is delighted to be partnering with the Newcastle United Foundation and the Foundation of Light for a starstudded evening of celebrity speakers. At this truly exceptional event, you will hear from the inspirational Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, new IoD Chair Charlotte Valeur and football legends Shola Ameobi and Steve Harper (Newcastle United) and Kevin Ball (Sunderland). The evening includes a delicious three-course dinner. 12

Allie Renison IoD Leaders’ Lunch - Beyond Brexit

IoD Director of the Year Awards Yorkshire & North East 2019 4 July 2019, 7pm Principal York hotel Members £79, non-members £89. Member table of 10 £750, non-members £850. Our annual Director of the Year Awards has grown to represent the pinnacle of leadership and business excellence, highlighting the significant contribution that business leaders make to society and the economic prosperity in our region. Find out more, view the categories and enter at Closing date for entries is 12 April 2019.

A fond farewell to Susanne Susanne Foxley, our long-serving regional administrator for Yorkshire and the Humber, is leaving the IoD. Susanne has given two decades of fantastic service to our members and works tirelessly behind the scenes to bring our fantastic events to life. Natalie Sykes, IoD regional director, said: “The IoD won’t be the same without Susanne and I want to pay testament to her hard work and the major impact she has made in Yorkshire and Humber region. She is an extremely hard act to follow. “Susanne leaves with our very best wishes and thanks for 20 years of sterling service. She will be sorely missed.”

IoD Director of the Year Awards Yorkshire & North East 2018


Growing our Ambassador Army Our army of Ambassadors across Yorkshire and the North East continues to grow. Meet the latest faces to join the ranks.

Our team of IoD Ambassadors are vital to driving engagement with businesses across Yorkshire and the North East.

Poonam Kaur, managing director of Wakefield-based business support services provider fds and Natalie Allen, business development manager at Leeds Beckett University have also signed up as Ambassadors in West Yorkshire.

and organisations to access university services and expertise.

Among those appointed in 2018 are experienced lawyer Sue Harris, a director at Walker Morris in Leeds.

Poonam will represent the M&A sector while also promoting the IoD’s 99 Club for business start-ups and young entrepreneurs. She is currently working towards the IoD’s Chartered Director status.

Sue has more than 25 years’ experience of dealing with commercial litigation disputes. Her expertise covers construction, engineering, professional negligence, contractual and shareholder disputes, fraud and contentious probate.

Tony Webster, whose Wayfinder consultancy businesses specialises in business turnaround and change management, is an experienced nonexecutive director. He also owns two award-winning fish and chips shops, in Helmsley and York.

Natalie joined Leeds Beckett University in 2013 and is responsible for supporting colleagues at Leeds Business School with enterprise activity. She focuses on the School’s external partnerships, supporting businesses

They provide local connectivity with IoD members and give a local ‘voice’ and presence to the Institute. They are the means through which IoD national policy reflects issues happening in local communities and industries.

A Harrogate sports business expert with 25-years’ experience at boardroom level has joined our Ambassador network in North Yorkshire.

Harrogate entrepreneur Steve Williams, who works as a non-executive director with local SMEs, has also joined us. Steve has 30 years of board-level experience with companies including

Poonam Kaur

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Steve Williams

Lonrho and Appleyard Group. His sector expertise includes automotive, retail and media. He specialises in helping organisations to optimise their business potential, providing an independent view in the boardroom. Continuing the North Yorkshire theme, international trade and healthcare expert Ian Garner, director of Practical Solutions Management and patron of ExportExchange, has joined our Ambassador ranks. Ian has 10 years’ experience in strategy and business development with Bupa across Australia, Europe, North America, West Africa and South East Asia, with a focus on long-term aged care and out-patient healthcare. He spent 20 years in retail management

management and business development with Thomas Cook and five years in sales and relationship management roles support to SMEs. with Travelex. She has held change leadership roles most recently as director, Newcastle Experienced business leader Fiona Science City and North East programme Standfield is our first Ambassador for director for Safe Families for Children. Skills in the North East. She is currently working with social Fiona has more than 20 years’ enterprises across the region, businesses experience in high profile, executive and in the tourism sector and lecturing non-executive board level roles within at the Universities of Durham and the public, private and third sectors. Sunderland. She is also a governor at She began her career as a civil servant Northumberland College. in Whitehall before enjoying a 13-year The appointment of Lt Col Andy Black career with Royal Mail, undertaking will help us to break down barriers operational, training and management between the Armed Forces and business. posts in the UK and abroad. Lt Col Black works with businesses, Since returning to the North East, schools and local authorities in the Fiona has built a consultancy practice, North East to help people better providing language services, project understand the role of the Armed Forces and highlight the transferable skills of Armed Forces personnel. He has commanded Army Reserve units across the North East and taught in Durham until 2015, when he took on a full-time role with the Army in Catterick.

Natalie Allen

Fiona Standfield

Would you like to be an IoD Ambassador? Contact iod.yorkshire@ or Ian Garner

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IoD memberships: Find a package that works for you and your business

Course dates 2019 29-31 Jan 2019 Strategy for Directors 19-20 Feb 2019 Leadership for Directors 19-20 Mar 2019 Role of the Company Director and the Board 15-17 Apr 2019 Finance for Non-Financial Directors 14-16 May 2019 Strategy for Directors 25-26 Jun 2019 Leadership for Directors 17-19 Sep 2019 (tbc) Developing Board Performances 22-23 Oct 2019 Role of the Company Director and the Board 19-21 Nov 2019 Finance for Non-Financial Directors


Are you looking to join a business organisation that connects you with fellow business leaders and represents your voice in the corridors of power? If you’re already an IoD member, are you taking advantage of the full range of benefits that come as part of your membership? Whatever your age or industry, there’s a membership package just for you, starting from just £99. Full Membership – from £53 per month All the tools, resources and facilities you need to boost your network and acquire new skills. • Free access to 15 IoD hubs up and down the country with flexible working and meeting spaces. • Access to 900+ knowledge sharing and networking events nationwide. • Boost your career with exclusive professional development courses. • Enhance your network with 30,000+ leaders. • Free legal and tax helplines and access to a comprehensive business library. • Expand your knowledge with access to business resources and information.

Advance Membership – from £58 per month Our exclusive supercharged membership. Facilitated networking and inclusive peer-to-peer learning. • All the benefits of full IoD membership plus much more... • Access a high quality facilitated leadership network and professional connections via the Advance app. • A dedicated community management team to ensure you gain maximum value. • Extensive calendar of Advance events, webinars, seminars & workshops. • Exclusive discount on flagship events. • Attend four inclusive professional development courses (worth £360). 99 Membership – from £99 a year The UK’s fastest growing network exclusively for founders and entrepreneurs wanting to expand their start-up. • Work flexibly with access to 15 IoD hubs up and down the country. • Join a thriving community of 2,800+ entrepreneurs and founders who can help you scaleup. • Gain access to the huge IoD event portfolio, there is something for everyone. • Come to our year-round IoD 99 socials and pitch your business to your peers. • Gain free access to our business resources and information service.

If you would like more information about IoD membership please contact iod.yorkshire@ or, call our membership team on 020 7766 8888 or email us at


Have you visited our fantastic members’ facilities?

Durham University Business School

We know that one of the biggest reasons people join the IoD is to use our first-class business facilities – and now we have even more spaces available for you to work, meet and entertain clients.

We are also delighted to be partnering with Leeds Beckett University for its latest hub at Piece Mill, Halifax – part of a new initiative to drive growth amongst early-stage and growing businesses.

This year, we were thrilled to launch an official business hub at Durham University Business School.

The University Business Centre offers affordable office services and meeting spaces plus access to professional business lounges and meeting facilities.

IoD members can now use the school’s available state-of-the-art facilities and hire meeting rooms for free on production of their membership card. Members can also book lecture theatres, subject to normal hire rates. Bookings can be made in advance via Event Durham.


It is the fourth Leeds Beckett University Business Centre, all of which provide a range of support, including business advice and mentoring, professional training and development, access to graduate talent and research expertise, and high-speed broadband.

Durham University Business School was founded in 1965. It is part of Durham University, the third oldest in England.

There are also free networking events, where leading experts and entrepreneurs come together to inspire and support business growth.

The school offers 12 contemporary, well-equipped meeting rooms for conferences and meetings during term time and vacations. It can host groups ranging from a board meeting up to a conference for 200 people. The on-site Fusion Restaurant provides a weekday service, hospitality and conference catering.

Many of you have now had an opportunity to use the state-of-theart facilities at another Leeds Beckett facility - our regional headquarters, Cloth Hall Court in Leeds. The Grade II-listed building on Quebec Street includes conference and meeting facilities for members. We know that

access to transport links is key to our members, so the new headquarters is just a two-minute walk from Leeds railway station. Cloth Hall Court offers conferencing facilities that cater for small meetings and conferences of up to 300 delegates. Other features include stateof-the-art AV technology, superfast wi-fi and on-site parking upon request. We stage regular Open House events at Cloth Hall Court featuring guest speakers and Insight sessions – just check our website and pop along for a free tour.

See back page for full details of all our member hubs.

A warm welcome to our new members. Look out for our members’ evenings in 2019. Check and for diary dates. Stuart Johnson, Business Mentoring Yorkshire Ian Holland, Chase & Holland Recruitment Beverley Findlay, Chase & Holland Recruitment Robert King, RCK Security Consulting Nicholas Miller, Bridge Group Elspeth Jobes, Alfred Bagnall & Sons Caroline Rose, C A Insights Stephen Gittner, Gagarin Studio Andrea Rossi, DB Cargo UK Thomas Pratt, Albert Road Consulting Peter Currey, Entire Facilities Management Gavin Richardson, Wellbeing Mental Health Matthew Burton, University Partnership Programme Vlad Danciu, Financiti Vanessa Smith, Mondelez UK Confection Production Minoti Parikh, This Pampered Life Brian King, The Croissant Shop Stephen Brennan, Six Degrees of Code Victoria Chapman, Chapman Physiotherapy Richard Ellis, Multiplex Engineering Steve Bennett, Traffic Labour Supplies Louise Woollard, Louise Woollard Financial Arran Ramsey, Wesley Project Management Mike Willink, Sigmatoe Tomas Maunier, Fazenda Bar & Grill Simon Williams, Service Insight Alex Driver, John Binns & Son (Springs) Steven Smith, Totum Finance Giby George, GMP Compliance Christopher Barker, Umbrella Technology Stuart Hyde, Stuart Hyde Associates Alex Pavlovic, A & BP Consultancy Dean Borrington, Pyronix Gregory Barton, Surfachem Group Martin Hume, Minster Law Ed Beck, HB Projects John Cowling, We Buy Any Commercial Properties Chris Walmsley, Symphony Financial Advisers Trevor Holdsworth, AurumGold Jason Taylor, Pugata Tim Brooksbank, Cowal Technology Karl Oxford, African and Caribbean Business Ventures Gareth Preece, Gareth Preece Consulting Niall Coogan, Cable Coatings Benjamin Davis-Rice, Reach Resourcing Partnership Kelly Round, PKR Solutions Neil Maloney, GKS R&D Tax Richard Clegg, Inovra Group Michael Houghton, Metro Trains Melbourne

Phillip Howden, Pensions Rapport Jasmine Wheelhouse, Number Eighteen Bespoke Event Management Richard Larking, Progeny Corporate Law Iain Bland, Home Simon Gregory, GPS Return Melinda Haseth, Truly Worldwide Nicholas Channer Prof Gary Green, York Instruments Andrew Bodle, Hygieia Group Christopher Seymour, William Cook Holdings Tim Corcoran, Red Face Consulting Howard Gill, SH Pratt Group Andrew Bamber, Bara Consulting Jillian Thomas, Future Life Wealth Management Susan Brench, Akemi Associates Solon Mardapittas, EMSc UK Luke Couch, Sofa Cinemas Mazella Heaton, Minster Law Gareth Wilson, Penny Ventures UK Jo Garnham-Parks, We Are I.V.E Manpreet Singh, Bobble Digital Peter Crown, PCPM Allan Madamombe, Bobble Digital Matthew Dixon, MD Law (Yorkshire) Shailesh Kejadiwal, Sai Ram Consultancy Chris Madeley, The Cones Books Andy Jack, Candle Learning Mikel Aguirre Claramunt, Cicerone Mark Halpin, CloudCoCo Keith Slingsby, ESC Global Mark Davison, Premier Technical Services Group Shoreh Ghasmi, The Harrogate Dentist Jonathan Beckerlegge, SGP Capital Kate Van der Sluis, Humber HR People (Yorkshire) Emma Brooksbank, Freeths Dave Jones, Digital WoW Graham Poulter, Poulter Consultants Sarah Broadhead, Broadhead Mind Performance David Brewis, Fruiteatox Michelle Gaffaney, Greenstone Design Prof James Walker, HSIB Nicholas Wilkins, Premier Farnell Caroline Frazer, BluuBell William Bailey, Jive Property Group Stephen McNicol, Ward Hadaway Rick Grayson, Tracerco Colin Mitchell, Scott Mitchell Associates Dr Ahmed Al Zaiter, SGP Capital Prof Austen Atkinson, Lexicon Group 19

Advertise in our next newsletter and promote your business to our members! Contact us: IoD Yorkshire 0113 243 0152 Twitter: @IoDYorkshire

IoD North East 0191 213 1289 Twitter: @IoDNorth_East

Did you know you can use our fantastic IoD members’ hubs? DURHAM Durham University Business School Mill Hill Lane Durham DH13LB HALIFAX University Business Centre – Halifax Piece Mill 25-27 Horton Street Halifax HX1 1QE LEEDS Cloth Hall Court Quebec Street Leeds LS1 2HA WAKEFIELD Leeds Beckett University Business Centre – Wakefield College Advanced Skills and Innovation Centre Wakefield College, Wakefield City Campus Margaret Street Wakefield WF1 2DH

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