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Our younger members are true self-starters and have created an internal peer group network through their own initiative.

Marketing Director for Google to head speaker line-up at the IoD’s inaugural National Young Directors’ Conference, sponsored by the Northwest Regional Development Agency

London, 26 March 2010 – Young business leaders from across the nation will gather in Manchester on 25 May 2010 for the IoD’s first National Young Directors’ Conference. The programme has been specially designed by the organisation’s younger members and responds to the concerns and aspirations of the UK’s next generation of top professionals and entrepreneurs. An impressive line up of speakers, topical interactive sessions and peer networking make the event a must for all those keen to develop their leadership skills and foster an entrepreneurial and dynamic culture within their organisation.

Tickets to the IoD National Young Directors’ Conference are available now at, priced at £130 for members and £180 for non-members.

The conference follows on from the success of the Young Directors’ Forums that are now a feature in most IoD regions across the country. IoD Director General, Miles Templeman, commented: “Our younger members are true self-starters and have created an internal peer group network through their own initiative. The practical and motivational benefits they deliver are part of the unique value that the IoD provides to those who want to be successful leaders. The National Young Directors’ Conference celebrates their achievements and carries the message to the next generation who are charged with upholding the UK’s commercial status in an economic future that will be truly global and fiercely competitive.”

Keynote speakers at the conference include Torsten Schuppe, Marketing Director UK and Ireland at Google; Was Rahman, CEO of Dolphin Advisory and advisor to UK Trade & Investment (UKTI); Priya Lakhani, entrepreneurial founder of Masala Masala; and Katherine Corich, founder and Group CEO of Sysdoc. Expert seminars focusing on the attributes of strong leadership and the competitive benefits of brand differentiation will be led respectively by Simon Holland, Senior Partner at rogenSi; and Richard Williams, Co-Founder and Director of Williams Murray Hamm. Inspiration will be in plentiful supply thanks to Colonel Charlie Stickland OBE, of the Royal Marines and former Commanding Officer of 42 Commando; Tim Bean, performance and fitness guru; and Steve Elworthy, former South African international cricketer and now Tournament Director of cricket’s World Twenty20 Championship.

The conference will champion strong and effective leadership, and its vital importance in a global market where remaining competitive means the difference between sinking and swimming. Through the speeches, seminars and interactive sessions, delegates will improve their understanding of how the skills and techniques which they as leaders should use to drive their organisation forward. Benefits of attending include:

- Discovering where and how real value is derived from strong leadership
- Gaining a better understanding of the importance of developing and maintaining an entrepreneurial culture
- Networking with peers and learn from real-life experience
- Learning how leadership can deliver competitive advantage in both established and new organisations and influence the success of entrepreneurial activities
- Having the opportunity to discuss and question speakers and delegates on key issues and current practices

Steven Broomhead, Chief Executive of the NWDA, commented: “The Northwest is a great place to do business and we’re delighted to give our support to a new generation of leaders who are so evidently keen to increase their skills. We look forward to welcoming them and the IoD organisers to Manchester this coming May.”

The National Young Directors’ Conference is open to both IoD members and non-members, and all age groups are welcome. It will be held on 25 May 2010 at The Lowry Hotel in Manchester. For more information about the event and to buy tickets, visit

Keywords: IoD, Institute of Directors, entrepreneur, business, enterprise, leaders, young executives, early career, associations, career, networking, conference, event, Manchester


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Notes for Editors


- The IoD (Institute of Directors) was founded in 1903 and obtained a Royal Charter in 1906. The IoD is a non-party political organisation with upwards of 45,000 members in the United Kingdom and overseas. Membership includes directors from right across the business spectrum – from media to manufacturing, e-business to the public and voluntary sectors. Members include CEOs of large corporations as well as entrepreneurial directors of start-up companies.

- The IoD offers a wide range of business services which include business centre facilities (including ten UK regional centres [three in London, Reading, Birmingham, Cardiff, Manchester, Nottingham, Edinburgh and Belfast] and one each in Paris and Brussels), conferences, networking events, virtual offices and hotdesking, issues-led guides and literature, as well as free access to business information and advisory services and a comprehensive Information Centre. The IoD places great emphasis on director development and has established a certified qualification for directors – Chartered Director – as well as running specific board-level and director-level training and individual career mentoring programmes.

- In addition, the IoD provides an effective voice to represent the interests of its members to government and key opinion-formers at the highest levels. These include ministers, constituency MPs, Select Committee members and senior civil servants. IoD policies and views are actively promoted to the national, regional and trade media.


- The Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) is responsible fro the sustainable economic development and regeneration of England’s Northwest and has five key priorities: Business, Skills and Education, People and Jobs, Infrastructure and Quality of Life.
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