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Jun 252020
 

APITech™ (API Technologies Corp.), a leading provider of high-performance RF and microwave signal conditioning, and electromagnetic spectrum management solutions, announced the appointment of Chartered Director Ian Skiggs as the Vice President and Managing Director of the RF2M (RF Microwave & Microelectronics) EMEIA and SSIA (Secure Solutions & Information Assurance) business units.

Ian will lead all operations, product line management, and program management for the Business Unit. He will also be a member of the Executive Leadership Team (ELT) and report directly to CEO Terrence Hahn. Terrence stated: "Ian's growth focus will enable RF2M EMEIA to be the Electromagnetic Spectrum Innovator as he drives a robust new product pipeline. Ian will own the RF2M EMEIA and SSIA P&L as the Value Generator while he champions his team as the Talent Developer".

Ian will succeed Richard Farrington who will retire on 31 July 2020 after 7 years of service at APITech. Richard has played a key leadership role during his tenure at APITech. He has led both Finance and the businesses in the UK. During his tenure, we have seen these businesses grow to the benefit of customers worldwide.

Prior to joining APITech, Ian was a Senior Executive with Teledyne Technologies Corp for over 12 years. Prior to Teledyne, he was a senior leader with Filtronic Components Ltd. Ian has over 25 years of experience in the Aerospace & Defense Industry, and served as a Chief Engineer in the Royal Navy at the beginning of his career. He holds an Honors degree in Engineering and is a Project Management Professional and Chartered Director with the Institute of Directors.

About APITech

APITech™ (API Technologies Corp.) is an innovative designer and manufacturer of high performance systems, subsystems, modules, and components for technically demanding RF, microwave, millimeterwave, electromagnetic, power, and security applications. A high-reliability technology pioneer with over 70 years of heritage, APITechs' products are used by global defense, industrial, and commercial customers in the areas of commercial aerospace, wireless communications, medical, oil and gas, electronic warfare, unmanned systems, C4ISR, missile defense, harsh environments, satellites, and space. APITech is a leader in space technologies, with Class H and K manufacturing facilities.

Learn more about APITech at www.apitech.com

Jan 082020
 

2019 will go down as a challenging year for directors of UK businesses but I’d like to end it on a positive note by marking the 20th anniversary of the Chartered Director qualification.

I am a passionate advocate of lifelong learning. It has never been more important to build your skills and boost your resilience in an uncertain business, political and global environment.

Learning is not something that only happens during our formative years. There is an ongoing need to absorb new information and expertise from those around us.

Described as a ‘world first’ by The Guardian, the Chartered Director programme sets a gold standard for director training. The IoD remains the only Institute to offer qualifications for directors under Royal Charter.

In addition to myself, two of our branch chairs in Yorkshire, Richard Smith and Keith Jackson, have achieved Chartered Director status. We are among almost 2,000 Chartered Directors in the UK and beyond.

Keith Jackson, IoD South Yorkshire branch chair, said Chartered Director equipped him with “essential skills and tools that I use regularly in business.” He added: “As an experienced director in a rapidly changing world, I build upon this qualification with continuous professional development to ensure I am always striving to be a better director.”

Richard Smith, our West Yorkshire chair, said: “I am constantly meeting directors from many different organisations who do not really have an appreciation of what their legal and wider responsibilities are. Today, we are facing more wider societal challenges and it will be the boards of different types of organisations who will have to develop strategies to meet them.”

Chartered Director is the best qualification I have undertaken. It provides you with skills that can be immediately put into practice. It empowered me to push beyond my comfort zone of luxury hotels into new areas such as property and museums.

One of the greatest learnings I had during my Chartered Director training was not just from my tutors or the content. It was through the cohort which brought together a mix of industry sectors, experience and talent to challenge each other’s thinking and break down the issues we each faced in business.

The drive for ‘good governance’ is moving up the agenda following a string of high-profile business failures. But how about if we spoke about ‘great governance’ instead?

We believe that better directors build a better world. We continually develop the Chartered Director qualification to ensure it reflects what boards need to effect this change.

Our utopia would be to have a Chartered Director on every board.

Want to find out more? Join us in York for our next Director Skills Day when we welcome back Jo Haigh on 12 February. A multi-award winner and brilliant author, I was fortunate enough to be trained by Jo during my Company Direction Certificate, the first step in becoming Chartered.

First published in the Yorkshire Post Tuesday 24 December 2019

Dec 272019
 

Non-Executive Director and Future Chair - Guernsey Electricity

Guernsey
Permanent - Full-time

The Position

Guernsey Electricity are seeking to recruit two Guernsey based applicants with specific, relevant experience to join our Board as Non-Executive Directors. One would ideally have the potential to be considered as a future Chair in two years’ time.

Responsibilities

Guernsey Electricity is operating in an environment of increasing complexity and change, particularly in relation to market, competition, regulatory and emerging energy policy issues. Such an environment is an exciting place for a NED capable of navigating through those changes and guiding the direction that is right for the long-term future of Guernsey. That includes ensuring Guernsey has both reliable and affordable energy supplies, as well as helping manage the environmental impact and the future sustainability of fossil fuels on the Island.

The energy system of the future will not look like it does today. The scale of change over the next 10 to 20 years will be considerable and, whilst we don't know exactly what this change will look like, we do know some of the key change drivers that will be important. One thing seems certain, consumers will play a key role in driving change as their energy needs for warmth, light, power and, increasingly transport change.

The energy businesses of the future will need to provide those services in a clean, affordable, efficient and environmentally conscious manner, by taking advantage of new energy technology and digital enablers. Guernsey Electricity plans to take a leading role in the energy transition and recognises that Energy Policy remains critical for ensuring that journey is strategically managed, so the outcomes are in the best interests of energy consumers, and the long-term future of our Island.

Experience

Preference will be given to candidates with relevant experience related to Engineering in the Utilities sector, Accountancy and Business Development.

A commercial mindset will be important as well as an interest in and understanding of Energy Policy, the transitional challenges of moving towards alternative operating models and the complexities of Sustainability/ Environmental Issues.

The Candidate

  • will by preference be a Guernsey Resident with proven experience of working within, or as a NED or an Executive Director of, a large complex Commercial Corporation and will ideally hold an IOD Chartered Director or MBA qualification.
  • Experience in either of the following - Engineering in the Utilities sector, Accountancy or Business Development.
  • Interest in and understanding of Energy Policy, the transition challenges of moving towards Alternative Operating Models and the complexities of Sustainability/Environmental Issues.
  • Strategic Direction and Change - an ability to provide independent oversight, evaluative challenge and constructive critique to Guernsey Electricity’s Strategic Direction.
  • Monitoring Performance - particularly regarding the progress made in achieving the determined company strategy and objectives.
  • Stakeholder Management - particularly for the potential Chair, to be a skilled and connected networker, capable of navigating a complex political environment that includes the States of Guernsey Committees, STSB, CICRA and CIEG.
  • Governance, Audit and Risk Management – able to take the lead on ensuring robust prudence and probity in relation to the integrity of financial information, financial controls and systems of risk management.

Skills and Qualifications

About Guernsey Electricity

Guernsey Electricity has been providing electricity to the island for over 100 years. Until 2001 all electricity was generated on-island but since then completion of a cable link to France via Jersey has given the opportunity to import units from the European Grid in conjunction with on-island generation. The change has brought significant environmental benefits for the Island while improving the company's risk profile.

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May 182018
 

Chartered DirectorCDNetwork Bucks, Berks & Oxon Breakfast Meeting - 1/6/2018

Debating ”This body does not believe that the Board is a team”

The next meeting is scheduled for Friday, June 1st, 7.15am for 7.30am over Breakfast at the Hotel de Vin, Henley @ £20 a head, to be paid on arrival.

Neil Britten will propose that ”This body does not believe that the Board is a team”.

If you are interested in debating against the motion please email cdn@cdnetwork.co.uk

To attend please click on the link below so that we can get the catering arranged.
Book your place by clicking here

Regards,
Alan Hindley, John Palmer and Hector Grant
Chartered Director Network

Mar 212018
 

Chartered Director

CDNetwork Bucks, Berks & Oxon Relaunch - Breakfast at the Hotel du Vin, Henley-on-Thames

In response to demand the CDNetwork Bucks, Berks & Oxon is being relaunched.

The first meeting is scheduled for Friday March 23rd at 7.15am for 7.30am start over Breakfast at the Hotel du Vin, Henley @ £20 a head, to be paid on arrival.

A new business proposition will be discussed - by CDirs for CDirs - that could provide ongoing opportunities for CDirs to earn fee income and participate in capital growth.

We will also welcome ideas for further meetings with the accent on achieving value, for the time invested in those meetings.

Hope to see you there.

P.S.
If you can’t make it but would like information on the business proposal, please e-mail Alan Hindley at alan@cedar-associates.com

Regards,
Alan Hindley, John Palmer and Hector Grant
Chartered Director Network

Book your place now!

Chartered Director Network

Organiser of CDNetwork Bucks, Berks & Oxon Re-launch

The Chartered Director Network Bucks, Berks, and Oxon has relaunched with the objectives which are:

  • Purpose - to bring together current Chartered Directors, supporters, friends and colleagues with the common aim of furthering knowledge and learning opportunities for good governance of organisations, enterprise and businesses of all sizes.
  • CPD - promote Continuous Professional Development as an integral part of the Chartered Director qualification, amongst all and wherever possible in alignment with the governing body’s current guidelines.
  • Awareness - promote and raise awareness of Chartered Directors, their values, professional skillset and ‘corporate governance’ focus.
  • Share - knowledge, learning, career and business opportunities.
  • Engage - with entrepreneur and business groups, innovation and learning centres with a view to supporting business growth with good governance and sustainable business practices.
  • Network - support and encourage networking and partnerships for career and business opportunities

Book your place now!

Mar 202018
 

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An opportunity to contribute to Governance Research

In February a number of Chartered Directors had the opportunity to participate in a project to illuminate the extent to which the law provided an adequate check and balance to the actions of Directors. Highly relevant to the recent company failures due to basic governance faults.

We all enjoyed it and learnt a lot from the discussion of a number of cases which were anonymised and drawn from real life. It took no preparation on our part and lasted a couple of hours.
The research team were delighted with the input of real Directors from the CDir community, so much so they would like to run two more sessions on the 19/4/2018. Further details below from Professor Terry McNulty.

Research Project: Directors’ Business Judgments and the Courts

I am writing to you about an independent, academic study funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) about Directors’ Business Judgment and the Courts. The project is also being supported by the Institute of Directors (IoD), Institute of Company Secretaries (ICSA) and other business organisations.

The research will examine several issues including: what is meant by business judgment; how courts and regulators approach and address business judgement; and to what extent should directors’ decisions be subject to review by courts and regulators? These are matters that vary across national jurisdictions and seem to be critical to the relationship between: corporate governance and enterprise; director training and effectiveness; the future of public and private corporations and the role and effectiveness of boards and directors in general.

In 2017, we collected data from judges and decided case law. During 2018 we will be collecting data from directors and legal officers of listed and unlisted companies, of varying size and sector using focus groups. Your involvement would be on a voluntary, confidential and non-attributable basis. Participation does not require anyinformation relating to you personally, your company or business. Neither do you need to have been involved in litigation to participate. Focus groups will last for approximately ninety minutes and typically involve a small group of 4-12 people and require minimal preparation in advance. Further information about the focus group will be issued in advance for those who are willing to participate.

Results of the research will be freely available to all participants as and when they become available over the next year. By way of my own background I have been conducting research since the 1990s and have an established track record of rigorous high-quality research that informs corporate governance policy and practice. For this project, I am working with qualified lawyers from the University of Liverpool and Leeds some of whom will be involved in the focus group.

I hope you and perhaps other members of your network will find the project of interest and be prepared to be involved. Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

The web link http://gtr.rcuk.ac.uk/projects?ref=AH%2FN008863%2F1 explains the project in further detail. Please note that all participants must be current and active registered company directors.

Yours Sincerely,

Terry McNulty
Professor of Management and Corporate Governance
Chatham Building
Liverpool
L69 7ZH
Office: + 44 (0) 151 795 3507
Mobile: +44 (0) 7973 247799
Email t.h.mcnulty@liverpool.ac.uk
Web: www.liverpool.ac.uk/~tmcnulty

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University of Liverpool in London

33 Finsbury Square

London

EC2A 1AG

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Organiser of CDNetwork - Governance Research - 19/4/2018

The Chartered Director Network Bucks, Berks, and Oxon has relaunched with the objectives which are:

  • Purpose - to bring together current Chartered Directors, supporters, friends and colleagues with the common aim of furthering knowledge and learning opportunities for good governance of organisations, enterprise and businesses of all sizes.
  • CPD - promote Continuous Professional Development as an integral part of the Chartered Director qualification, amongst all and wherever possible in alignment with the governing body’s current guidelines.
  • Awareness - promote and raise awareness of Chartered Directors, their values, professional skillset and ‘corporate governance’ focus.
  • Share - knowledge, learning, career and business opportunities.
  • Engage - with entrepreneur and business groups, innovation and learning centres with a view to supporting business growth with good governance and sustainable business practices.
  • Network - support and encourage networking and partnerships for career and business opportunities
Feb 232018
 

CEO opportunity for a Chartered Director.

chartered directorI have been asked to identify a Chartered Director who is expert in the extraction industry to head up a new organisation which will exploit a novel solution to recovering elements from waste developed in a German University.

Initially the requirement would be to arrange for independent verification that the technology works through testing at an internationally respected test house. Given the green light then the task would be to set up an international operation based in the UK. The principals regard the UK as the best base to start technologically based business.

If you are interested and want to be considered, please initially contact Alan Hindley C Dir by e-mail at alan@cedar-associates.com

The technology is summarised below.

CEE Clean Element Extraction OPPORTUNITY

  • A cost effective, global solution to ‘clean-up’ environment damaging, heavy industrial processes
  • Developed in Germany, with all R&D completed and technology patents registered
  • Facilitating the emergence of a new industry with applications across multiple market sectors
  • Company registered and carrying out ‘soft operations’ in Germany

TECHNOLOGY CEE

is a patented process of Clean Element Extraction, which can be summarized as:

  • Clean - a safe, non-toxic, environmentally friendly process
  • Element - applicable to any element, or group of elements
  • Extraction - with close to 100% yield of targeted element/s extracted from any medium

CEE RELEVANT INDUSTRIES

  • Oil & Gas
  • Rare Earth Elements (REE)
  • Precious Metals (Gold, Silver, Platinum etc.)
  • Metals
  • Toxic Waste

GAME CHANGER FOCUS ON OIL & GAS - FRACKING: FLOWBACK CLEAN-UP

Fluid referred to as ‘flowback', a bi-product of fracking that contains toxic and radioactive materials, like Radon, present significant challenges that are both costly and hazardous to the company and the environment. Legal requirements are enforced to ensure ‘flowback’ is treated to achieve a standard equitable with drinking water before this fluid is legally allowed to be released into the water table. CEE technology provides a safe, non toxic and cost effective solution to treat ‘flowback’ to achieve the required quality for release into the water systems, significantly reducing the challenges currently being faced by all fracking companies worldwide. This would initiate a significant advancement for the process, which ordinarily faces strong opposition from governments and environmental agencies and therefore generate both cost and operational gains.

OTHER APPLICATIONS

  • Rare Earth Element Extraction - These elements are critical to the development and production of modern green energy technologies, high-tech defense systems, computers, mobile telephones and advanced IT. Meanwhile, rare earth extraction is one of the most environmentally destructive and toxic of all mining practices. Excessive rare earth mining has resulted in landslides, clogged rivers, environmental pollution emergencies and disasters, causing great damage to people's safety and the ecology of the environment. However, CEE totally transforms this process. Precious
  • Metal Extraction - Traditionally, the process of extracting valuable metals like gold, silver and palladium uses sodium cyanide, which is related to extensive environmental hazards. However, with CEE the use of sodium cyanide is completely avoided making the process both clean and safe, whilst yielding nearly 100% extraction rate. Also, the processing time of CEE is one day per cycle, compared to 7-30 days for the traditional process using sodium cyanide.
  • Oil Extraction - From oil shale, oil sand, oil sludge and oil containing waste materials as metal processing waste - the worldwide known deposits of useable oil shale near the surface could replace crude oil and gas for hundreds of years. However, current technologies are costly and immensely damaging to the environment and not competitive. CEE however, can extract oil from these conditions with nearly 100% yield, is environmentally safe and cost effective.
  • Other Extractions - Tungsten carbide, cobalt, uranium, vanadium, phosphates and alumina-silicates.
  • Toxic Clean Up - CEE can also clean toxic waste stockpiles, extracting the poison and toxic substances, and uncovering usable rare earth elements and precious metals, turning toxic waste into an asset with monetary value and sellable material.
Feb 092018
 

FORMER housing boss Alan Crowe is to be the Royal Ulster Agricultural Society's new chief executive in time for this year's Balmoral Show.

He spent nearly 14 years as chief executive for Northern Ireland Co-Ownership Housing and its subsidiary Own-Co, a regional public body under the Department for Communities and Local Government.

A chartered director, he holds multiple awards and Fellowships with several professional bodies and has worked extensively with regional/central and local government.

He and his family currently live in Portstewart, and his wife, a farmer's daughter is co-owner of a farm in Co Tyrone.

Alan himself spent several years working for the National Farmers' Union and Mutual.

Following his appointment he said:

"I'm delighted and excited to be returning to work within the agricultural sector and look forward to working with the team at the Royal Ulster Agricultural Society."

He now begins a period of gradual transfer of responsibilities from current chief executive Colin McDonald, and it is expected that Alan will take up his new role to coincide with the 150th Balmoral Show in May.

Feb 092018
 

CDNetwork – Research Project – 13/2/2018 - last chance to register

The first events for the CDNetwork are taking place on 13th February 2018 and this is the last opportunity to register for the afternoon or evening sessions.

By invitation from the University of Liverpool in London we have been asked to get involved in an independent, academic study funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) about Directors’ Business Judgment and the Courts. The project is also being supported by the Institute of Directors (IoD), Institute of Company Secretaries (ICSA) and other business organisations. Please note that all participants must be current and active registered company directors.

We will also take the opportunity of informing you about some of the other plans we have for the group.

We have limited spaces available in two sessions on the 13th February 2018. Please book your preferred time by clicking below as soon as you can.

If 15:30 to 17:30 is the best time for you please click here.

If 18:00 to 20:00 is the best time for you please click here.

Hector Grant, Alan Hindley & John Palmer 
Chartered Director Network

 

Aug 242017
 

BLM partnered with the Institute of Directors South West (IoD), who arranged for a panel of chartered directors to discuss the key challenges facing leaders in business and industry. The findings are published in this feature from the July - September 2017 issue

WHAT ARE THE MAIN CHALLENGES FACING DIRECTORS IN THE ROOM?

David Doughty: “From my own business, and from my clients, it is that lack of confidence and insecurity that delays buying. It seems to be worse if you are older. There seems to be a lot more reasons for not making a buying decision…Christmas, New Year, Skiing, School Holidays. “I think once we have government with a
good majority – whatever flavour it is – and once we have seen the way Brexit is going, I think then it takes out two of the reasons. People tend to look for excuses. It is the
entrepreneurs who aren’t looking for excuses though, they are looking for reasons to take opportunities.” 

“It is easy to think that everything has been invented but there is still a lot of things that can be done and are being done. Investors, in our experience, are backing those thing’s.”
Nick Sturge

HOW IS INVESTOR CONFIDENCE HOLDING UP?

Nick Sturge: “I have a very local perspective in that respect, both in terms of a sector view and from a geographical perspective. Within this context, we have seen a significant step up in terms of the level of investor activity and that is critical in the initial stages. “So, we are seeing more activity which is my closest estimation to confidence. I do think that, having spent time out of Bristol and the South West, there is a difference in the sectors and the markets here in this part of world compared to other places like London and Manchester – who have a larger volume of activity, so some of these businesses are formed on a false premise. “There is a lot of hype around start-ups and some them don’t get anywhere. What we see is perhaps less start-ups but the ones who do start-up are more likely to stay and be solid. “It is easy to think that everything has been invented but there is still a lot of things that can be done and are being done. Investors, in our experience, are backing those thing’s.”

WHAT CHALLENGES ARE IOD MEMBERS FACING MORE BROADLY?

Simon Face: “The range of challenges is almost unlimited, but one people are worried about is around the future of the workforce and where future labour is going to come from – particularly post-Brexit. So, while we have a little time to work things through, it is not a huge amount of time – about 18 months. Things are going to change, particularly in manufacturing and food.”

Mark Saxton: “I don’t think we have 18 months, I think the issue is right now. Certainly, in the health sector – it is here now. We celebrated diversity day – 49 different nationalities in a small district general hospital – that is quite staggering for Yeovil. “There are a couple of things I would also like to say. I think this pay vs Retail price Index (RPI) is just a train coming down the track. That is a big issue I think certainly in the health sector with a 1% cap. “Generally, too, I worry about the global trend of disengagement, the Trump type of reaction. Two major political parties in France were eliminated and it is a new model in France. I think the have’s vs the have-nots are also a major issue facing us locally and globally.

WHAT WOULD YOU SAY ARE THE MAIN GLOBAL RISKS FACING DIRECTORS?

David Doughty: “Globalisation is having an affect but I am not sure it is having the affect that people think it is. I think the trade markets are as healthy as they ever have been. I was a director of a manufacturing business which exported most of what it produced and we never discussed tariffs or trade agreements. If there was business there, we went after it.”

ARE PEOPLE NOW TALKING ABOUT TARIFFS?

David Doughty: “Politicians and the media talk about it but the reality for most businesses is that it is never discussed. They sell around the world and deal with the agreements afterwards, with what you must pay in tax or not.”

Mark Saxton CDir
Ballintrae Partnership

Simon Face
IOD South West

Nick Sturge CDir
Engine Shed

David Doughty CDir
Excellencia

“It is a lot easier to close offices here then it is in Sweden or France, for example.”
Mark Saxton

Nick Sturge:“Some of these things (such as trade tariffs) have been business as usual for a long time but suddenly they become issues, perhaps unnecessarily. “Regarding trade with Europe, some companies are fearful of that what the new climate may mean for them and the challenge will be for early stage companies to bring expertise on board, which they don’t have.”

Simon Face:“I think whatever happens, the UK is going to become a much higher cost of economy. We are already seeing inflation coming through, food prices and in automotive goods as well. If we start seeing more tariffs and import duties, which is the likely scenario then this will have an impact. “Businesses will have to look to where they can make money and add value – it is around innovation, it is the knowledge economy – that is the where the future of the UK is going to be. We will probably end up looking more like Switzerland or Norway.”

COULD WE END UP BEING LIKE A SINGAPORE WITHOUT THE SUN?

David Doughty: “We are seeing signs of this already I think. If you look at the housing market, the house prices in London and the South East – that smacks of a high cost economy. Whether the city will survive or be able to help sustain that is another question. “We are still one of the most attractive countries for inward investment though, mostly because it is very easy to set up a business. That is the primary factor, the taxation would be an added sweetener and there is no reason why we couldn’t have a corporation tax regime, that is more attractive than the EU.”

IS THE UK AN EASY COUNTRY TO DIS-INVEST FROM?

Mark Saxton: “It is a lot easier to close offices here then it is in Sweden or France, for example. “Anecdotally we are hearing of more global businesses investing in Ireland for example, to make sure they still have access to the EU market as well as having an international, English-speaking base. “What we are also hearing is that people working in the city can more cheaply buy a house in Ireland and fly into an airport every week than work in London and fly home at the weekend. “That is another example of the world becoming more global, whether you like it
or not.” 

“We are still one of the most attractive countries for inward investment though, mostly because it is very easy to set up a business.”
David Doughty

HOW MUCH OF A THREAT WOULD JEREMY CORBYN AS PRIME MINISTER BE?

Simon Face: “I don’t think most business people would see a return to the nationalisation of utilities as necessarily a good thing. It might sound attractive as an individual, if you’re voting for what appears to be a free service but at the end of the day it still must be paid for and accounted for. “The reason why most water companies were privatised in the 80s and 90s was because
they needed huge investment – they were running 100-year-old infrastructure which needed replacing.”

Nick Sturge: “Some of his policies will of course be popular but staggeringly expensive and that logic has not been articulated.”

David Doughty: “He also demonstrates a lack of understanding of the way that pensions are funded because he is talking about taxing investors as if they are private individuals but they are mostly pension funds.”

Nick Sturge: “There was one thing in the Labour manifesto that the IOD would be nationally supportive of, subject to detail, which is the idea of more worker representation at board level.
“It would be interesting to get some thoughts on that. The IOD is supportive of better engagement at board level with the workforce. There is much to be discussed because if you elect an employee to sit on the board, then they need the skills to be a company director. It is an easy sound bite for politicians but in practice it is difficult.”

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