New chairman for directors’ institute

Solicitor Annette Wood (pictured) will be appointed as the new Chairman of the Institute of Directors (IoD) in Lincolnshire.

She will take over the role from James Pinchbeck of Streets Accountants at the branch’s annual meeting at The Bentley Hotel, Lincoln on Friday, January 14.

Wood is a partner at Andrew and Co. Solicitors, with offices in Lincoln and Newark, handling employment and dispute resolution matters.

She is an accredited commercial mediator and has recently been involved in setting up the Lincolnshire Law Society Mediator Panel.

Wood was recently invited to sit on the Strategic Management Board for the new Lincolnshire Leadership and Management Centre, part of the University of Lincoln.

Speaking about her new IoD role, Wood commented: “The IoD Lincolnshire branch is very active with key players from a whole range of businesses.

“Our focus will continue to be supporting members and providing knowledgeable input into discussions about development of the local economy.”

Cameron Ford, of the Reflect Recruitment Group, with offices in Newark and Grantham, will also become Vice-Chairman of the IoD Lincolnshire branch.

Graeme Leach, the IoD’s Chief Economist and Director of Policy and visiting professor at the University of Lincoln, will be one of the speakers at the branch’s annual meeting on Friday.

He will be joined by local businessman Paul Barron who was formerly Chief Executive of National Air Traffic Services (NATS), taking the organisation from a loss-maker to a profitable business.

Barron started his working life in Lincoln with an engineering company.

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.

Source: IoD