IoD debate to ask: what have we learned since the Election?

Five months on from the General Election, the Institute of Directors (IoD) in Yorkshire and Humber is to hold a business leaders’ debate analysing its impact.

The event, on 13 October at Old Broadcasting House in Leeds, will feature a panel including Coun Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council and Bill Adams, regional secretary for Yorkshire and the Humber at the Trades Union Congress (TUC).

They will be joined by Amanda Marsey, managing director of SMR Architects, Jimmy McLoughlin, deputy head of policy at the IoD and Etta Cohen, the founder of women’s business organisation Forward Ladies.

The panel, chaired by the Yorkshire Post’s Greg Wright, will debate how the outcome of May’s election has impacted on business in our region. Are we doing enough to stimulate economic growth? And what does devolution really mean for our region?

There will be an opportunity for guests to ask questions and contribute to the discussion. Both IoD members and non-members are welcome to attend. Places can be booked by contacting

Coun Blake was elected as the first female Leader of Leeds City Council in May 2015. Prior to this, she served as Deputy Leader for five years.

Bill Adams has worked for the TUC since 2001. The TUC has 52 affiliated unions representing nearly six million workers and campaigns for a fair deal at work and for social justice.

Amanda Marsey is a qualified accountant who oversees SMR Architects’ internal systems and works alongside the other directors to create an effective working environment.

Jimmy McLoughlin’s role covers external relations including political and media outreach for the IoD. His role covers the ‘new’ economy, specifically disruptive technologies, the sharing economy and start-ups.

Etta Cohen was made an OBE this year for services to women in business and entrepreneurship. She founded Forward Ladies with the aim of unlocking potential in business women and now focuses on mentoring, speaking and advising start-ups.

Natalie Sykes, regional director for the IoD in Yorkshire, said: “We have a highly experienced and diverse panel for our Big Debate this year and I’m looking forward to hearing their take on the state of the economy, just five months on from the Election.”

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