The Institute of Directors (IoD) has appointed Sharon Jandu as its first Diversity and Inclusion Ambassador in West Yorkshire.
Sharon is managing director of Bradford-based Global Enterprise Links and specialises in international trade and development, business planning, entrepreneurship, sales and marketing.
She is a key player in the Yorkshire Asian Business Association (YABA), which was created to provide a voice for the Yorkshire Asian business community and drive trade between businesses in the North of England and the Indian Sub-continent
In her new role, Sharon will raise the profile of issues relating to diversity and inclusion within business. Earlier this month she organised a round table discussion about women in business and leadership, which featured IoD chair Charlotte Valeur as special guest speaker.
Sharon said: “The UK has one of the most diverse populations in the world. Diversity is our strength but often we don’t capitalise on that strength in the workplace. I’m looking forward to working closely with the Yorkshire IoD team to drive ever greater connections and opportunities for local business leaders. Our women in business and leadership round table demonstrates how seriously the IoD takes this issue.”
Natalie Sykes, IoD regional director for Yorkshire and the North East, said: “Sharon’s appointment demonstrates our commitment to driving greater diversity and inclusivity in business. These themes will be explored in our market-leading programme of business events and director development courses.”
Other IoD Ambassadors in Yorkshire include Harrogate entrepreneur Steve Williams, sports business expert Tony Webster and international trade and healthcare expert Ian Garner.
The IoD holds a regular Women on Board event in the North East, with the next meeting taking place on 29 March at Barclays on St Ann’s Street, Newcastle. On 14 May, Anna Daroy, IoD Interim Director General, will be the guest speaker at the IoD’s Open Doors event at Cloth Hall Court, Leeds.
There are just a few weeks left for businesses to enter the IoD’s Director of the Year Awards. New categories have been added for 2019 to recognise the Young Director of the Year and the leading director of a business with a £50 million-plus turnover. The deadline for entries is 12 April. To enter, go to www.iodawards.com/yorks-northeast
The winners will be celebrated at a black-tie dinner held in the Principal York hotel on 4 July.