Yorkshire Institute of Directors (IoD) has appointed Natalie Sykes as its new regional director.
A former chair of the Young Directors Forum, Natalie is an entrepreneur with her own business interests across property, hospitality, health and wellbeing and vintage motors.
Passionate about professional development and lifelong learning she is working towards the IoD’s Chartered Director status and is an ambassador for the IoD student membership and the Higher Level apprenticeship scheme.
Harrogate based she is also chair of Groundwork North Yorkshire, vice chair of Groundwork Pride and director of the Moor Park Estate, while working part time at Ashville College developing their trading company in the areas of events and lettings.
Natalie said of her appointment:
“I am passionate about business excellence, entrepreneurship, professional development, quality events, and, of course, my homeland, Yorkshire, this role is a great fit for many of my values.
“I would like to see many other aspiring & young directors seeing my appointment as inspiration.
“It underlines our regional and national IoD message supporting leaders of all backgrounds showing total inclusion within our business community.
Her role for Yorkshire IoD is part time and will see her work closely with Chair, Peter Holmes.
“Natalie brings experience from sectors of our economy that complement our existing base and further strengthen our position as the go to business organisation in Yorkshire for directors in every aspect of the business world”.
She takes over from Interim Director, Bernadette Cronin who has spent three months working with Yorkshire IoD to deliver its key objectives of encouraging professional development and re establishing a lobbying arm of the premier business organisation.
Peter Holmes said:
“Bernadette has been pivotal in establishing some very important partner relationships that we must nurture going forward as she quickly developed an understanding of the needs of the IoD and our members in the region.
“She has looked after us in fine fashion and it is true to say that without her, the recent Director of The Year Awards would not have been so successful and well attended.
“It was with great pleasure that we introduced the Interim Director of the Year Award in her honour and we wish her every success in the future.”