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The quickest route to certainty will be best for business

 

In response to this morning’s snap general election announcement, David Watt, Executive Director of the Institute of Directors in Scotland, said:

“In the next seven weeks, there will be a lot of issues to be discussed and addressed, and most crucial is to remember that a general election should be about more than one topic.

“Even within the short timeframe that the Prime Minister has set, and on which MPs will vote this week, there is plenty of space for a proper debate about business, the strength of the economy and the position of both post-Brexit. It might be that a general election will force some of these key issues out into the open, which would be welcome.

“What would be unwelcome, and bad for business, is for this general election to become either IndyRef2 or BrexitRef2 – both votes have happened, and today’s announcement gives the whole country an opportunity to move along with the practicalities of the future. The quickest route to certainty will be best for business – it will allow us to get on and do what British business does best, whatever the constitutional landscape is.”

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The Institute of Directors

• 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 34,000 members in the United Kingdom and overseas. Membership includes directors from right across the business spectrum – from media to manufacturing, e-business to the public and voluntary sectors. Members include CEOs of large corporations as well as entrepreneurial directors of start-up companies, third sector and public sector

• 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, with 15 UK centres (including three in London, Reading, Birmingham, Cardiff, Manchester, Nottingham, Norwich, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Belfast), 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.

• For further information, visit the website: www.iodscotland.com

Institute of Directors Scotland – Response to First Minister’s speech

In response to the First Minister’s speech earlier today (13 March) David Watt, Executive Director of the Institute of Directors in Scotland, said:

“Not many in the Scottish business community wanted Brexit, and equally, few want a renewed Independence Referendum, and the associated continuation of uncertainty which has had such an impact on the ability of businesses to move forward with their plans.  The modern world presents a multitude of opportunities for businesses to innovate and prosper, and this rather than constitutional arguments is the preferred focus of IoD members. However, if the political will is to move forward with another vote, business will react appropriately and continue to face up to the challenges that such political activity presents.

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The Institute of Directors

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 34,000 members in the United Kingdom and overseas. Membership includes directors from right across the business spectrum – from media to manufacturing, e-business to the public and voluntary sectors. Members include CEOs of large corporations as well as entrepreneurial directors of start-up companies, third sector and public sector

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, with 15 UK centres (including three in London, Reading, Birmingham, Cardiff, Manchester, Nottingham, Norwich, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Belfast), 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.

For further information, visit the website:www.iodscotland.com

Scotland’s business leaders line up for the IoD Director of the Year Awards

Press Release
20 February 2017

Scotland’s business leaders line up for the IoD Director of the Year Awards

Scotland’s top crop of directors have been shortlisted for the Director of the Year Awards, celebrating individuals’ business achievements in 2016.

A record number of nominations have been received for this year’s awards, which will be held at the Crowne Plaza Glasgow on Thursday 23 March 2017.

Announced today, a shortlist of 41 Scottish business leaders will go through to the final stages, competing for awards across nine key director categories and six regional categories.

The Awards reflect the diversity of business life in Scotland, with categories for big business, SMEs, charities and the public sector and applaud those individuals whose creativity, leadership or innovative business practices have led to success for their organisation and the communities they serve.

David Watt, Executive Director of the Institute of Directors in Scotland, commented: “With a 25% boost in the number of entries this year, it’s pleasing to see so many businesses recognising good leadership, and thriving across a diverse range of industries and sectors.
“It is hugely important for Scotland, and its economy and people, that we have effective and dynamic leadership at the very top of our businesses and organisations particularly at the moment, when strong leadership can remain a constant driver of performance amid overwhelming change inflicted by external forces.”

Director of the Year Large Businesses
Shortlist
Sheenagh Adams, Registers of Scotland – Edinburgh
Martin Dorchester, David MacBrayne Ltd – Gourock
Alasdair Ferguson, Ferguson Transport & Shipping – Fort William
Prof David Hillier, University of Strathclyde – Glasgow
Douglas Whyte, Hydro Group plc – Aberdeen

Director of the Year Medium Size Businesses
Shortlist
Jennifer MacKenzie-Hallwood, TEFL Org UK – Inverness
Scott Mitchell, The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh Commercial Premises – Edinburgh
Michael Tait, Shetland Mussels Ltd – Shetland
Michael Young, MBN Solutions – Glasgow

Director of the Year Small Businesses
Shortlist
Nathalie Agnew, Muckle Media – Edinburgh/Inverness
Tom Campbell, North Highland Initiative – Wick
Matthew Gammell & Marcus Pickering – Edinburgh
Pickering’s Gin, Summerhall Distillery
Mandy Haeburn-Little, Scottish Business Resilience Centre – Stirling

Emerging Director
Shortlist
Nathalie Agnew, Muckle Media – Edinburgh/Inverness
Gregory Chauvet, Glasgow Bike Station – Glasgow
Sonia Cottom, Pain Association Scotland – Perth
Andrew Dobbie, MadeBrave – Glasgow

Female Director
Shortlist
Rhona Baillie, The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice – Glasgow
Shirley Campbell, Scottish Water – Dunfermline
Jennifer MacKenzie-Hallwood, TEFL Org UK – Inverness
Becky Woodhouse, PURE Spa & Beauty – Edinburgh/Glasgow/Aberdeen

Non-Executive Director
Shortlist
Dame Sue Bruce DBE
Lorraine Hall, Shetland Arts Development Agency – Shetland
Marie Macklin CBE, Appointedd – Glasgow
Stuart Renton, Vetcel Ltd – Kincardine

Public Sector Director
Shortlist
Sheenagh Adams, Registers of Scotland – Edinburgh
Shirley Campbell, Scottish Water – Dunfermline
Prof David Hillier, University of Strathclyde – Glasgow
Karen Reid, Care Inspectorate – Dundee

Public Sector Director
Shortlist
Sheenagh Adams, Registers of Scotland – Edinburgh
Shirley Campbell, Scottish Water – Dunfermline
Prof David Hillier, University of Strathclyde – Glasgow
Karen Reid, Care Inspectorate – Dundee

Third Sector Director
Shortlist
Tom Campbell, North Highland Initiative – Wick
Duncan Dunlop, Who Cares? Scotland – Glasgow
Theresa Shearer, ENABLE Scotland – Lanarkshire
Celine Sinclair, The Yard – Edinburgh

Director Award for Workplace Innovation
Shortlist
Shirley Campbell, Scottish Water – Dunfermline
Gregory Chauvet, Glasgow Bike Station – Glasgow
Karen Reid, Care Inspectorate – Dundee
Stephen Robertson, Metis Partners – Glasgow

In addition to the main director categories, awards made across the six regions will see individuals honoured as Regional Directors of the Year.

Regional Directors of the Year Shortlist:

Aberdeen & Grampian
Shortlist
Stuart Common, Mackie’s Ltd
Neil McKenzie, Alba Power Ltd
Stuart McLeod, Delphian Ballistics Limited
Douglas Whyte, Hydro Group plc

Edinburgh, Lothians & the Borders
Shortlist
Sheenagh Adams, Registers of Scotland
Matthew Gammell & Marcus Pickering, Pickerings Gin, Summerhall Distillery (joint nomination)
Scott Mitchell, The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh Commercial Enterprises
Becky Woodhouse, PURE Spa & Beauty

Fife & Central Scotland
Shortlist
Julie Ellen, Macrobert Arts Centre
Mandy Haeburn-Little, Scottish Business Resilience Centre
Derek Robertson, Keep Scotland Beautiful
Bruce Tait, BTA (Bruce Tait Associates)

Glasgow & West of Scotland
Shortlist
Louis Schena, Swipii Labs
Theresa Shearer, ENABLE Scotland
Lorraine Usher, Loreburn Housing Association
Michael Young, MBN Solutions

Highlands & Islands
Shortlist
Tom Campbell, North Highland Initiative
Andy Dytch, ILM Highland
Alasdair Ferguson, Ferguson Transport & Shipping
Jennifer MacKenzie-Hallwood, TEFL Org UK
Michael Tait, Shetland Mussels Ltd

Tayside
Shortlist
John Reid, Michelin
Karen Reid, Care Inspectorate
John Reynolds OBE, Castle Water Ltd
Theresa Wishart, Journeycall – part of The ESP Group

The Scottish category winners will also have a shot at the prestigious UK Director of the Year Awards, which take place in London, in September.

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Sponsors and supporters of the Director of the Year Awards
Badenoch & Clark, Bank of Scotland, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), Scottish Business Pledge, Edinburgh Napier University, mclcreate, Young Enterprise Scotland, ScotRail, Connect Communications Ltd, Crowne Plaza Glasgow, Reddishpink, Solo Creative, Scottish Business in the Community, Kinloch Anderson
For further information on the Awards, or to reserve a table or seat visit www.iodscotland.com or contact Joyce Lamond at joyce@firstcityevents.co.uk

• 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 35,000 members in the United Kingdom and overseas. Membership includes directors from right across the business spectrum – from media to manufacturing, e-business to the public and voluntary sectors. Members include CEOs of large corporations as well as entrepreneurial directors of start-up companies.

• IoD in Scotland has six branches – Edinburgh, Glasgow, Tayside, Fife, Aberdeen and Highlands and Islands

• 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 @IoD_Scotland to get the IoD’s reaction on business and public policy issues.

• For further information, visit our website: https://www.iod.com/events-community/regions/scotland

New Institute of Directors Edinburgh chair appointed

Julie Ashworth, an experienced executive director and chair of rapidly growing retail technology start-up Clear Returns, has been appointed the new chair of IoD Scotland’s Edinburgh branch.

Julie has previously held retail director positions and executive advisory roles at retail giants such as The Spirit Group, IBM and Marks and Spencer plc. She brings extensive international experience in multi-channel retail with particular expertise in strategy, governance, operations and leader developments to her new chair role and succeeds former branch chairs Alan Thornburrow and George Hall.

Julie also provides board level advisory services to both FTSE companies and charitable organisations. She notes the founding of internationally successful organisational development consultancy Broadreach as one of her key achievements.

Commenting on her new role, Julie said: “In the current climate of change and economic uncertainty, the IoD has never been more relevant to Edinburgh businesses as a place to connect with other directors from across the capital, Scotland, the UK and globally. I am really looking forward to the role continuing the excellent work undertaken by Alan Thornburrow and George Hall.”

She adds: “Our fantastic new premises in Charlotte Square provide a destination for all Directors both established and new as well as aspiring directors. It is a great place to make contact, network and liaise with other influential leaders, and we will continue to deliver a varied calendar of activities and events and give members a local policy influence in Edinburgh.”

David Watt, executive director of the IoD in Scotland, said: “We welcome Julie on board and look forward to working with her to grow the IoD’s 650 strong membership in Edinburgh.”
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The Institute of Directors

• 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 34,000 members in the United Kingdom and overseas. Membership includes directors from right across the business spectrum – from media to manufacturing, e-business to the public and voluntary sectors. Members include CEOs of large corporations as well as entrepreneurial directors of start-up companies, third sector and public sector

• 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, with 15 UK centres (including three in London, Reading, Birmingham, Cardiff, Manchester, Nottingham, Norwich, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Belfast), 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.

• For further information, visit the website: www.iod.com.

Susan Deacon, Chair, IoD Scotland: “The ship of certainty has long since sailed – now is the time for leaders to get on with business.”

Gleneagles, 04 November 2016: Chair of the Institute of Directors, Professor Susan Deacon MIoD, this morning urged business leaders to step up to the plate during the greatest upheaval and uncertainty of recent times, and steer their companies and organisations through the unfolding climate of political and constitutional change.

Delivering the opening address to the largest IoD Scotland annual conference in over 10 years, held at Gleneagles Hotel today, Ms Deacon said:

“In such changing and unpredictable circumstances, it can be hard to make sense of the world around us. But it is precisely at times like these that it is important for leaders to step up to the plate. Volatility and ambiguity also creates opportunity. Vacuums in decision making and direction are spaces waiting to be filled.

“This is a time when leaders should feel a renewed sense of empowerment and responsibility. Now, more than ever, business leaders, entrepreneurs and others who lead organisations and who shape thinking and practice in our Boardrooms and workplaces need to be creative, confident and effective to continue to deliver jobs, services and products.

“In the months and years ahead, Scotland and the UK will need to steer a course through the uncharted terrain of a Brexit process and all the turbulence and uncertainty that goes with it. Questions abound about our future trade arrangements, the movement of people and the wider economic, social and cultural implications of a possible future outside the European Union as well as the future relationship of these islands with Europe and the rest of the world. So too will there continue to be debate about Scotland’s association with the rest of the UK and the possibility of a second independence referendum.

“And of course all of those challenges sit within a wider global context of a world which is as fast moving and interconnected as ever it has been. Rapid technological change, environmental threats, the fluctuations of global markets, conflicts, migration and even the outcome of the impending US Presidential election will all affect how we live, work and do business in the years ahead.

“Strong leadership is all about embracing uncertainty and navigating a course through difficult territory. Creativity, adaptability and innovation are key. Decision making and driving change does not begin and end with politicians and Government – this is the time for Scotland’s leadership community to shape the future.”
The Conference, which is attended this year by over 150 Scottish business and organisational leaders, will hear from a range of speakers around a ‘Business of Leadership’ theme, including Dr Lesley Crane, Knowledge, Innovation and Technology Specialist; Peter Schwartz, senior vice president of strategic planning for Salesforce; Bob Keiller, former CEO of Wood Group, and new Chairman of Scottish Enterprise; and Josh Littlejohn, Founder of Social Bite.

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The Institute of Directors

● 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 34,000 members in the United Kingdom and overseas. Membership includes directors from right across the business spectrum – from media to manufacturing, e-business to the public and voluntary sectors. Members include CEOs of large corporations as well as entrepreneurial directors of start-up companies, third sector and public sector

● 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, with 15 UK centres (including three in London, Reading, Birmingham, Cardiff, Manchester, Nottingham, Norwich, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Belfast), 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.

● For further information, visit the website: www.iodscotland.com.

Scottish ‘youth champion’ triumphs on a UK stage

Scottish ‘youth champion’ triumphs on a UK stage
Louise Macdonald of Young Scot receives accolade at UK Director of the Year Awards

Louise Macdonald OBE, Chief Executive of Young Scot, has scooped the UK ‘Not for Profit/Third Sector’ Director of the Year title at the annual IoD Director of the Year Awards, which took place at London’s Lancaster Hotel today (Friday 21 October). She was shortlisted for the award after winning the Female Director of the Year at the Scottish Director of the Year Awards in March 2016.

Louise leads Young Scot, the national youth information and citizenship charity for Scotland, with a membership of more than 680,000 young people (two-thirds of people aged 11-26 in Scotland), helping them make informed decisions and choices as they transition into adulthood. Louise has led the organisation, which focuses on digital platforms and smart-tech, to a significant increase in impact and influence, delivering high quality services to improve the life chances of young people.

Louise comments: “The Not for Profit and Third Sector is full of so many committed and passionate leaders who inspire me every day. To be recognised by the Institute of Directors UK is a genuine surprise and huge honour. This award is also for the team at Young Scot, who blow me away with their care and compassion for young people every day, and for the amazing young people that we work with across Scotland, who keep me on my toes and inspire me with their deep desire to make Scotland a fantastic place for everyone.”

David Watt, Executive Director of the Institute of Directors in Scotland in Scotland, said: “This is a truly well-deserved award for one of Scotland’s brightest, most creative and energetic directors. Louise is an inspirational leader, and her excellent work will have a lasting impact on young people – some of whom may be future leaders themselves.”

Alongside Louise, other Scottish leaders shortlisted were Magnus Houston, of Coast and Glen (Fishbox), Damien Yeates, CEO of Skills Development Scotland, Jennifer Paice, CEO, SafeDeposits Scotland and Sara Spiers, Managing Director of Spectrum Services Solutions Ltd who was Highly Commended in the Category of Director of the Year – SME.

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The Institute of Directors

● 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 34,000 members in the United Kingdom and overseas. Membership includes directors from right across the business spectrum – from media to manufacturing, e-business to the public and voluntary sectors. Members include CEOs of large corporations as well as entrepreneurial directors of start-up companies, third sector and public sector

● 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, with 15 UK centres (including three in London, Reading, Birmingham, Cardiff, Manchester, Nottingham, Norwich, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Belfast), 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.

● For further information, visit the website: www.iodscotland.com.

Scottish Directors on a National Stage

Scottish directors on a national stage
• Five Directors join the UK Director of the Year Awards shortlist
• Two leading Scots assume positions on IoD National Council

Over eighty of the UK’s leading directors from across the country, including five from Scotland, have been shortlisted for the Institute of Directors’ annual Director of the Year Awards Finals.

Directors from Scotland on the UK Director of the Year Awards shortlist are:

Sara Spiers, Managing Director, Spectrum Services Solutions Ltd, Paisley (Category: Director of the Year – Small to Medium sized Company)
Magnus Houston, Managing Director-Founder, Coast and Glen – Fishbox, Inverness (Category: Young Director of the Year)
Damien Yeates, CEO, Skills Development Scotland, Glasgow (Category: Public Sector Director of the Year)
Louise Macdonald OBE, CEO, Young Scot, Edinburgh (Category: Not for Profit/Third Sector Director of the Year)
Jennifer Paice, CEO, SafeDeposits Scotland, Glasgow (Category: Not for Profit/Third Sector Director of the Year)

The awards, which take place on 21 October at the prestigious Lancaster London Hotel, will recognise and celebrate some of the nation’s most impressive business leaders, with nominees coming from a range of industries, sectors and backgrounds. The high-calibre entrants have been recognised as the best in their field by the organisation for business leaders, the IoD, on the basis of having all made outstanding contributions in their fields.

David Hoey, chairman of IoD Glasgow, the ‘home’ branch of three of the nominees, said:
“All the nominations are well deserved, and it’s wonderful to see Scotland’s directors well represented on a UK stage. Their leadership skills, drive, creativity, business achievements, and the way they have overcome challenges or led growth in their own organisations are an example to all current and aspiring directors.”

In addition to Scotland being well represented on the Awards stage, two of Scotland’s most distinguished directors have been assumed onto the Institute of Directors Council, in recognition of their commitment and past contribution to the organisation.

Appointed to the national Council are Ian McKay, founder of facilitation and mediation consultancy Otherhand Ltd and past Chair of IoD Scotland; and Dame Joan Stringer, former Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Edinburgh Napier University.

David Watt, Executive Director of the IoD in Scotland, said: “Both our representation at the UK Director of the Year Awards and the national Council appointments, underline the breadth of Scotland’s leadership experience and how it is being applied at a local and national level. These are challenging times for the business community, and strong leadership is crucial to provide a steady hand through the uncharted waters ahead.”

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• 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 35,000 members in the United Kingdom and overseas. Membership includes directors from right across the business spectrum – from media to manufacturing, e-business to the public and voluntary sectors. Members include CEOs of large corporations as well as entrepreneurs and directors of start-up companies.

• IoD in Scotland has six branches – Edinburgh, Glasgow, Tayside, Fife, Aberdeen and Highlands and Islands – www.iodscotland.com

• The IoD is dedicated to encouraging entrepreneurial activity through good governance and responsible business practice. It provides an effective voice to represent the interests of its members to key opinion-formers at the highest levels. Follow us on Twitter to get the IoD’s reaction on business and public policy issues.

• For further information, visit our website: www.iodscotland.com.

to his role a wealth of business transition, transformation and consulting expertise, having held various management and consulting positions and serving global and multinational clients in recent years, including senior management roles at leading global professional services company Accenture.

Commenting on his appointment, Andy says: “This is a great time to be in business in Tayside. We have a mixed economy with some very large enterprises such as Stagecoach; world renowned universities and a thriving SME sector and working with my committee we aim to further improve our economy and to create better business by increasing the quality of the directors working here.

“We will lead a strong focus on engaging our membership on topics related to how we operate our businesses and the regional, national and global economic contexts within which we operate. We will do so by a mixture of expert led discussion, workshops and opportunities to influence key political and business leaders.

“Other focus points will be to rebalance our membership to be better represented in, e.g., manufacturing, media, and emerging technologies and to increase our participation and reach by holding some of our discussions and meetings online.”

David Watt, Executive director of the IoD in Scotland concludes: “We welcome both Douglas and Andy as they come on board to grow the IoD network, to connect businesses and business leaders, and to champion best practice in the boardroom as well as drive positive development across Tayside and Fife’s business sectors.”

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The Institute of Directors

• 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 34,000 members in the United Kingdom and overseas. Membership includes directors from right across the business spectrum – from media to manufacturing, e-business to the public and voluntary sectors. Members include CEOs of large corporations as well as entrepreneurial directors of start-up companies, third sector and public sector

• 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, with 15 UK centres (including three in London, Reading, Birmingham, Cardiff, Manchester, Nottingham, Norwich, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Belfast), 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.

• For further information, visit the website: www.iod.com.

New Institute of Directors Chairs for Fife and Tayside

New Institute of Directors Chairs for Fife and Tayside

Douglas Millar, business consultancy co-owner, director and trustee has been appointed chairman of the IoD Fife Branch while Andy Doig, managing director at Arthurstone Management Limited has taken on the new chairmanship for IoD Tayside.

Douglas Millar, the co-owner of Accelerating Business, a business consultancy in Dunfermline, succeeds Stephen Westwood from Stephen Westwood Consulting ltd. to continue his legacy in developing and nurturing entrepreneurial talent and help businesses in Fife grow and succeed.

Douglas says: “I am thrilled to take over from Stephen, he has done some tremendous work to develop and grow the Fife branch in recent years and I realise that I have big shoes to fill – but I am looking forward to the challenge. Fife’s business community represents a diverse region for the IoD in terms of activities and geography where key business activities include tourism and education as well as the renewable energy sector, life sciences and engineering.”

Douglas is also a non-executive director of Fife’s local radio station, Kingdom FM, a director of College Development Network, an educational charity based in Stirling, and a trustee of a £400m pension fund in Edinburgh.

He adds: “Having a range of roles can be challenging at times but it is surprising how often the knowledge gained in one business can be used effectively and profitably in another, and it is one of the reasons why I am always keen to share best practice and learn from others.”

Douglas is already working with his colleagues on the IoD’s Fife committee to ensure that the IoD plays its part in helping to develop Fife’s young workforce, creating stronger links between schools, colleges and employers, to ensure school leavers are more ‘job ready’. The Fife committee further aims to provide a platform for high-level discussion and over the coming year plans to organise inspirational and valuable events in the area, to allow directors to share knowledge, ideas and best practice.

Andy Doig, the new IoD chair for Tayside, is the managing director at Arthurstone Management Limited and founder of TheInterpet, an innovative start up that serves pet owners globally by acting as a consumer focused hub for pet services.

Andy succeeds John Macmillan, managing partner of MacRoberts, Solicitors and brings to his role a wealth of business transition, transformation and consulting expertise, having held various management and consulting positions and serving global and multinational clients in recent years, including senior management roles at leading global professional services company Accenture.

Commenting on his appointment, Andy says: “This is a great time to be in business in Tayside. We have a mixed economy with some very large enterprises such as Stagecoach; world renowned universities and a thriving SME sector and working with my committee we aim to further improve our economy and to create better business by increasing the quality of the directors working here.

“We will lead a strong focus on engaging our membership on topics related to how we operate our businesses and the regional, national and global economic contexts within which we operate. We will do so by a mixture of expert led discussion, workshops and opportunities to influence key political and business leaders.

“Other focus points will be to rebalance our membership to be better represented in, e.g., manufacturing, media, and emerging technologies and to increase our participation and reach by holding some of our discussions and meetings online.”

David Watt, Executive director of the IoD in Scotland concludes: “We welcome both Douglas and Andy as they come on board to grow the IoD network, to connect businesses and business leaders, and to champion best practice in the boardroom as well as drive positive development across Tayside and Fife’s business sectors.”

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lina@clarkcommunications.co.uk

Notes:

The Institute of Directors

• 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 34,000 members in the United Kingdom and overseas. Membership includes directors from right across the business spectrum – from media to manufacturing, e-business to the public and voluntary sectors. Members include CEOs of large corporations as well as entrepreneurial directors of start-up companies, third sector and public sector

• 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, with 15 UK centres (including three in London, Reading, Birmingham, Cardiff, Manchester, Nottingham, Norwich, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Belfast), 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.

• For further information, visit the website: www.iod.com.

JOINT STATEMENT FROM THE GROUP OF 6 – SCOTTISH BUSINESS GROUPS CALL FOR LEADERSHIP AND COLLABORATION FOLLOWING EU REFERENDUM OUTCOME

THURSDAY 7TH JULY 2016

JOINT STATEMENT FROM THE GROUP OF 6

SCOTTISH BUSINESS GROUPS CALL FOR LEADERSHIP AND COLLABORATION FOLLOWING EU REFERENDUM OUTCOME

On Tuesday 5th July, Scottish business groups attended the First Minister’s EU Business Summit at Bute House. The 6 business groups included Scottish Chambers of Commerce, Federation of Small Businesses, Scottish Financial Enterprise, Scottish Council for Development & Industry, Confederation of British Industry and Institute of Directors.

This joint statement recognises the leadership Scottish businesses are showing and urges them to continue to collaborate and identify the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead. It also calls on the Scottish & UK Governments to demonstrate leadership and maintain joint working relationships.

Full Statement:

“Across Scotland, the businesses we represent are considering the opportunities and challenges that will arise from the outcome of the EU Referendum. Collectively, we represent the broadest spectrum of businesses including private sector firms, public sector and the social economy. Our members hold diverse views on the European Union but the need to drive prosperity – by preserving jobs, attracting investment and driving economic growth for Scotland – is what brings us together.

“To businesses, we applaud the immediate response: businesses doing what they do best by maintaining ‘business as usual’ when trading with European Union markets, and exploring the possible opportunities that lie ahead, both in European markets and globally. We underline our belief that Scotland is a great place to do business and that we are, ‘open for business.’ Our organisations will continue to use our resources and connections to promote this message.

“Within the business community there is unanimous agreement that we need strong leadership and clarity of the timeframe for next steps from both Governments, in order to create more stability and to maintain business, consumer and investor confidence. We recommend that both Governments establish areas of common interest, making sure positive outcomes are achieved.

“We are committed to working in collaboration with the Scottish & UK Governments to secure the best deal for Scottish businesses in the negotiations that lie ahead. These negotiations will determine our future trading relationships with the European Union and will also influence how we trade with the rest of the world.
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“We look to both Governments to prioritise these key business issues:

• Access to the European Union markets, currently worth over £11 billion to Scottish businesses;
• Access to a talented, skilled workforce, including the clear protection of EU nationals currently studying, living and working in Scotland, because their skills are crucial to the success of our businesses;
• Support for non-UK EU nationals who run businesses in Scotland;
• Following through on planned infrastructure projects like airport expansion and digital broadband rollout;
• Maintaining the competitive edge of Scottish business by reviewing “domestic” areas of control including supportive taxation rates for businesses.

“It is our belief that by delivering on these priorities, we will boost business confidence, and send the signal globally, that Scotland continues to be an attractive destination to start, build and grow a business.”
Signed by: CBI  IoD  FSB  SCOC  SFE  SCDI

ENDS

Institute of Directors Scotland tees up deal for Gleneagles Leadership Conference

Press Release
28 June 2016

Institute of Directors Scotland tees up deal for Gleneagles Leadership Conference

The Institute of Directors and The Gleneagles Hotel have agreed a deal which will see the IoD Annual Conference be held at the hotel for the next two years. The 2016 IoD Conference, which will be held on 3-4 November, is focused on ‘The Business of Leadership’.

David Watt, Executive Director of the IoD in Scotland said: “The deal with Gleneagles has delivered a real boost to the Conference programme, while maintaining the high level of value our members look for. Our members like to travel to a central location, and the additional ‘cachet’ that the iconic Gleneagles Hotel brings, along with the world-class speaker programme we are lining up, will be a real draw for Scotland’s business leaders from all sectors.

“Over the past few years, Conference attendance has grown every year, underlining that directors, in good times or bad, benefit from spending time and sharing ideas with their peers. There is no other Conference at this level in Scotland, and participating in high-level sessions with some of the UK’s most accomplished business leaders reaps benefits for corporate Scotland. Add to that such a majestic location, and what business leader could fail to be inspired to succeed?”

Confirmed keynote speakers from across the business spectrum include Sandy Begbie, Chief People Officer at Standard Life plc; Dr Lesley Crane, knowledge, innovation and technology specialist; Bob Keiller, former CEO of Wood Group, and new Chairman of Scottish Enterprise; and Josh Littlejohn, Founder of Social Bite.

Over a pre-conference supper on Thursday 3 November, former Chair of VisitScotland, Dr Mike Cantlay, will deliver a Leadership Lecture entitled ‘Leadership: Born or Built?’, followed by a panel debate, when Dr Cantlay will be joined by Alasdair Gardner, Bank of Scotland and Angela Vickers, Apex Hotels Ltd. Delegates will also participate in director development workshops delivered by portfolio NXD Nick Kuenssberg OBE and Mike Willis, Head of Board Development with the Institute of Directors in Scotland.
Bernard Murphy, Managing Director of The Gleneagles Hotel, said: “We’re delighted to announce this deal with the IoD, and to be working together to facilitate a first-class event for Scotland’s business leaders.

“Gleneagles has a global reputation for hosting successful events – including the G8 Summit of world leaders in 2005 and the 2014 Ryder Cup – so conference participants can expect an exceptional level of service to complement what will be an engaging programme.”

He added: “The hotel has been an inspiring venue for almost 100 years and our facilities offer the perfect setting for business leaders to come together, network and share best practice. We look forward to welcoming delegates in November.”

Ends

Issued by Clark Communications for IoD Scotland. For further information, please contact:
Lesley Brydon or Lina Lustig
0131 225 9596 / 07771 630834 / 07470 271279
lesley@clarkcommunications.co.uk / lina@clarkcommunications.co.uk

Notes:

• The 2017 Conference will be held at The Gleneagles Hotel on 2 & 3 November.

The Institute of Directors

• 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 34,000 members in the United Kingdom and overseas. Membership includes directors from right across the business spectrum – from media to manufacturing, e-business to the public and voluntary sectors. Members include CEOs of large corporations as well as entrepreneurial directors of start-up companies, third sector and public sector

• 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, with 15 UK centres (including three in London, Reading, Birmingham, Cardiff, Manchester, Nottingham, Norwich, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Belfast), 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.

• For further information, visit the website: www.iodscotland.com

  •  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 34,000 members in the United Kingdom and overseas. Membership includes directors from right across the business spectrum – from media to manufacturing, e-business to the public and voluntary sectors. Members include CEOs of large corporations as well as entrepreneurial directors of start-up companies, third sector and public sector
  • 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, with 15 UK centres (including three in London, Reading, Birmingham, Cardiff, Manchester, Nottingham, Norwich, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Belfast), 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.
  • For further information, visit the website:iodscotland.com

 

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