The Institute of Directors (IoD) has appointed Elizabeth Grant as branch ambassador for North Yorkshire, representing Hambleton and Ryedale.
The newly-launched ambassador network 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.
Elizabeth is an entrepreneur with business interests in transport, food, agriculture and land. She set up her own business selling equestrian goods and importing animal feed in her early 20s before moving into the veterinary industry working with private practice and blue chip companies to implement growth strategies.
When the Food Standards Agency tendered for vets to be placed into abattoirs for animal welfare and public health, Elizabeth became the UK’s largest contractor with 200 staff. Today, she remains a major shareholder, manages a property portfolio and acts as a management consultant.
She said: “I’m look forward to contributing to the success of the IoD. As an ambassador, I want to encourage more business leaders to benefit from our influence and support.”
Natalie Sykes, regional director of the IoD in Yorkshire and the North East, said: “I am delighted to welcome Elizabeth on board as our second branch ambassador for North Yorkshire. This is a fantastic time to be joining the IoD as we set out to create a legacy for the next 100 years and more.”
Other IoD branch ambassadors include Caroline Pullich, who leads Barclays Business and Corporate Bank in West Yorkshire and experienced North Yorkshire director Peter Wilkinson.