The Institute of Directors (IoD) in Yorkshire has expanded its successful Young Directors Forum to help more aspiring entrepreneurs to realise their potential.
The forum, part of the IoD’s commitment to embrace tomorrow’s leaders today, represents the interests of members who are aged under 42, students, apprentices or members of its 99 Club for young entrepreneurs.
The Young Directors Forum previously focused exclusively on Yorkshire, but has now been expanded to additionally cover the North East region.
This means that hundreds more young business people will benefit from high quality professional development and networking while contributing to the IoD’s powerful voice in regional and national policy discussions.
Lee Freeman, chairman of the Young Directors for the newly joined region, added: “The North East is a real hotbed of opportunity. Having made the first steps in bringing together our young members in Yorkshire and the North East, we are now planning a programme of events that will enable them to access advice and develop their professional skills. I would urge any aspiring directors to come along to one of our many events to find out more.”
Natalie Sykes, regional director for the IoD in Yorkshire, extended her role to incorporate the North East in November last year, and has driven greater collaboration between the regions.
She said: “The IoD is not just for established directors, we are also an important forum for bringing together the next generation of business leaders. I’m passionate about nurturing talent and ensuring that our aspiring directors are equipped with the skills and knowledge to drive economic prosperity in Yorkshire and the North East.”
In recent months, IoD events have included a visit from David Cameron and George Osborne to Leeds. It also welcomed the Chancellor to Middlesbrough. IoD director general Simon Walker and chief economist James Sproule have visited to speak at events