New chairmen for local Institute of Directors committees in North East

The Institute of Directors in the North East has been restructured to cover the areas of the two LEPs Left to right, Paul Barron, Nicki Clark, Graham Robb and David Cliff
Left to right, Paul Barron, Nicki Clark, Graham Robb and David Cliff

A restructure at the Institute of Directors has led to the appointment of two new chairmen.

The institute in the North East has reorganised its local sub-committee structure and bought in two new faces to support new regional chairman Graham Robb.

The IoD will function through two local sub-committees reporting to its regional committee, each covering the areas of each of the region’s two Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs)

Chairman Graham Robb will also be supported in his role by vice chairman Nicki Clark, chief operating officer at BE Group, an independent business services group that specialises in business information, events and commercial development programmes.

Clark has responsibility for the group’s operations and leads on development and implementation of new key initiatives.

Her previous experience has been in international sales, marketing, new product development in the Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) sector, retail banking and business consultancy.

The Tees Valley sub-committee will be chaired by Paul Barron, director of recruitment specialists Executives Online.

The North Eastern sub-committee will be chaired by David Cliff, owner of Gedanken, a North East-based consultancy.

Graham Robb said: “Business has got used to the new LEPs and likes stability.

“We are organising our local sub-committees in areas which reflect the footprints of the two LEPs serving the North East and we hope to engage our members in these areas as we make our representation more relevant to the current structure that has been adopted by local councils and the Government.

“Our two new local chairmen are well-connected and experienced business leaders, who will represent IoD members effectively in the areas served by their sub-committees.

“I’m delighted they are giving up some of their valuable time to support the Institute of Directors.


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