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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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