Jul 302016

On behalf of UK Chartered Directors CDir.org.uk welcomes Stephen Martin as the new IoD Director general

Stephen MartinThe Institute of Directors has announced that Stephen Martin, currently Chief Executive of the Clugston Group, has been selected to replace Simon Walker as Director General, when Simon completes his term of office towards the end of this year.

Stephen has led the Clugston Group, a large privately-owned construction, logistics and property company based in Scunthorpe, since 2006. During this time, the firm has featured in The Sunday Times Profit Track 100, The Sunday Times Top Track 250, and been celebrated in the London Stock Exchange’s 1,000 Companies To Inspire Britain report.

Originally from Northern Ireland, Stephen has been recognised personally with several construction industry awards, and has been highly commended twice in the IoD’s own Director of the Year Awards. In 2009, Stephen took part in the Channel 4 TV show, Undercover Boss, which saw him going incognito in his own company to learn what employees really thought of the firm.

Lady Barbara Judge, Chairman of the IoD, congratulated Stephen on his appointment:

“I am very pleased we have found such a strong leader to take over as Director General at the IoD. He has demonstrated his commercial ability at large and small companies over many years and will continue the excellent work of Simon Walker in making sure we continue to provide the best possible support, training and representation for British business leaders.

“Stephen is a long-standing IoD Fellow who has played an active part in the business community in Yorkshire and the Humber. He understands the challenges faced by company directors across the UK and I look forward to working closely with him as we help our members adapt to the new world we find ourselves in after the Brexit vote.”

Simon Walker, who has been Director General of the IoD since 2011, also welcomed his successor:

“Many congratulations to Stephen on his appointment. The last five years have been a tumultuous time for businesses, but the IoD is in very good shape to support members through the challenging times ahead. I have every confidence that Stephen, working alongside Barbara, will be able to take the organisation to even greater heights.”

Stephen Martin said:

“I am very excited to be taking on this new challenge at the IoD, working together with Lady Judge to make sure we are the organisation of choice for all company directors. I have found the support IoD membership provides invaluable in my role running a business based in North Lincolnshire, and want to further strengthen the institute’s position in all regions and nations of the UK. The IoD’s mission to provide excellent professional development for directors is hugely important to ensuring British companies are well-run, and I look forward to continuing innovation in director training.”

Stephen Martin Biography

Stephen Martin began his career as a quantity surveyor, before going on to hold a series of management positions at engineering and construction companies. In 2006 he became group chief executive of the Clugston Group, which combines construction, civil engineering, logistics, property development, property investments and facilities management businesses. Founded in Scunthorpe in 1937, Clugston is one of the UK’s largest private companies, with over 600 staff.

Stephen plays an active role in the Yorkshire and Humber business community, acting as a business mentor to start-ups in the region and an Apprenticeship Ambassador. In 2009, he appeared on the first series of the Channel 4 television show Undercover Boss. His term as Director General of the Institute of Directors, which represents around 35,000 UK directors, begins towards the end of 2016.    

3 February 1966

London Business School, London MBA 2003

University of Ulster, Belfast Bachelors, Quantity Surveying 1988


2006- CLUGSTON GROUP LTD. Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire Group Chief Executive Officer

2004-2006 BARHALE CONSTRUCTION PLC Walsall, West Midlands Chief Executive Officer

2000-2004 AMEY RAIL LTD. Bristol, South Gloucestershire Commercial Director

1998-2000 KVAERNER METALS LTD. Sheffield, South Yorkshire Procurement, Estimating & Quality Control Manager

1992-1998 WESTINGHOUSE SECURITY SYSTEMS LTD. Commercial Director



Jul 252016

The Dublin International Insurance & Management Association (DIMA), has appointed David Stafford as Chairman of the association, succeeding Marco Nuvoloni, and Chartered Director Eddie van Cutsem as interim CEO

David is chief executive officer of ALD Re Ltd, a reinsurance subsidiary of ALD International and a member of the Societe Generale group. He has been a DIMA director since 2007 and for several years served as chairman of DIMA’s conference sub-committee. Prior to joining ALD Re in February 2012, David spent 20 years with AIG in a variety of senior roles primarily in the insurance management area. David is a qualified chartered accountant and has a BSc in Management Science from Trinity College Dublin.

David Stafford

DIMA has also announced that Eddy Van Cutsem has been appointed interim CEO, effective 1st August, succeeding Sarah Goddard. In his role as interim CEO, Eddy will work with the DIMA board to develop its future strategy at a time when the international re/insurance industry is going through a period of structural change in a challenging environment.

David welcomed Eddy’s appointment, stating: “We really value the depth of experience Eddy brings to DIMA, and his knowledge of the requirements of our members from being a DIMA board member in the past will be invaluable.”

Chartered Director Eddy Van Cutsem

Eddy Van Cutsem

Eddy was one of the founders of DIMA in 1990 when he worked at Eurco Re Ltd, and brings more than 25 years of senior international re/insurance experience to the role. He was DIMA’s vice chairman from 2011 until 2013, and served on the DIMA board for many years.

He is a qualified chartered director and a non-executive director and chairman of the risk committee of NN RE (Ireland) Ltd, the Irish subsidiary of Dutch insurer Nationale Nederlanden (previously ING). From 2001 until 2014, Eddy was managing director of Royal Bank of Canada’s reinsurance company in Ireland. Prior to working in Ireland Eddy worked in Switzerland and Belgium for a large Belgian banking and insurance group.

Eddy commented: “I really welcome the challenge this role brings in helping DIMA map out a new strategy for the future and also the opportunity to work with colleagues from the industry in a new capacity.”

DIMA represents international insurers and reinsurers based in Ireland. Van Cutsem is appointed as interim CEO to replace Sarah Goddard who steps down as CEO of DIMA at the end of July to take up the role of Secretary General at Brussels-based AMICE, the Association of Mutual Insurers and Insurance Cooperatives in Europe.

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