IoD appoints Derek Carpenter as South Yorkshire ambassador

The Institute of Directors (IoD) has appointed experienced marketer Derek Carpenter as its branch ambassador for South Yorkshire.

He joins a newly-launched ambassador network, which consists of high-profile business leaders who represent and promote the IoD in their area and grow the region’s voice on national policy matters. 

Derek, who is based in Barnsley, has developed component cleaning brands within the UK and European markets, including Enviro-Tech Europe and Baron Blakeslee. 

He served as a governor at Barnsley College and Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and was a director of Barnsley Development Agency.

Derek said: “South Yorkshire is at its best when everyone works together. My role is to ensure that we maximise our shared talents to benefit all parts of our county. Our business and educational institutions are working hard to produce a successful economy and the IoD in Yorkshire will give every support to these shared goals.”

Jonathan Oxley, regional chairman of the IoD in Yorkshire and the Humber, said: “Our ambassadors are shaping the future of the organisation to enable more business leaders to benefit from our influence and support. Derek will be a strong addition to our network in South Yorkshire.”

Other IoD branch ambassadors include Caroline Pullich, who leads Barclays Business and Corporate Bank in West Yorkshire, and experienced North Yorkshire director Peter Wilkinson.

The IoD will stage its first ever South Yorkshire Annual Dinner at the Cutlers’ Hall, Sheffield, on 25 May. Lady Barbara Judge CBE, national chair of the IoD, will join Master Cutler Craig McKay for the black-tie event.

Tickets are £70 for IoD members and £85 for non-members. Tables of ten are available. To book a place, email

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