IoD begins search for Yorkshire and North East chair

Jon Geldart, IoD

The Institute of Directors (IoD) is seeking a new chair to become the voice of business for Yorkshire and the North East.

Former chair Jon Geldart stepped down when he was confirmed as the new Director General of the business leaders’ organisation.

The successful applicant will oversee a newly created ‘super region’ covering Yorkshire and the North East, which encompasses six local branches.

The new chair will drive membership growth while supporting and engaging with IoD members across the region, implementing and supporting IoD policies and driving engagement with the Institute’s powerful policy voice.

Jon Geldart, director general of the IoD, said: “It was honour and a privilege to lead this fantastic region. My successor will inherit a truly dynamic and diverse region which is perfectly placed to influence the national business agenda while staying close to the issues that matter on the ground through our active local branches.”

IoD regional director Natalie Sykes said: “Following the merger of our Yorkshire and North East regions, this is an opportunity to be one of the premier voices within the Northern Powerhouse, a true champion for the region and business, building on our market-leading events and professional development courses.”

The new chair will oversee a region that has active branches in East, North, South and West Yorkshire along with North East (North) and North East (South). James Cain of Harrogate Spring Water was recently appointed chair of the North Yorkshire branch, succeeding Jon Geldart.

The deadline for applications is 10 January with interviews in the week commencing January 27. To find out more, contact

Entries have now opened for the IoD’s Director of the Year Awards 2020 – the annual search for the most talented business leaders in Yorkshire and the North East. The closing date for entries is March 30:

The winners will be celebrated at a black-tie dinner held at the Principal York hotel on July 2, 2020.

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