Supporting tech directors to thrive

By Darren Chapman, Cyberscale

Great directors have never been more important, especially amid our current fragile economic conditions.

Published in Suffolk Director Magazine Winter 2023

Institute of Directors: IOD East

It may seem daunting to start or scale up a technology business in the present climate, but many directors across the East of England are succeeding at precisely that. It is no exaggeration to say that we are leading the nation when it comes to innovation.

The IoD is a thriving membership community for directors in the East England and the UK. We are committed to supporting tech company directors on their journey through our world-class professional development programme, our influence on government and our ability to forge connections between people.

We want to create the best conditions for tech companies to thrive.

Speaking out

That is why we have always spoken out, without fear or favour, on behalf of our members. We advance the case for business in government, parliament, the media and other influential forums. Most importantly, we listen to our members to ensure that our advocacy work is driven by what matters most.

These are exciting times for the East. Initiatives such as the Cambridge Norwich Tech Corridor are bringing together business and political leaders around the shared goal of making our region a top-tier destination for tech businesses, people and investors.

We also need to plan for the long term. How do we maximise the sustainable growth potential of the Oxford-Cambridge Arc? How do we transform our agricultural heritage to support a world-leading agri-tech sector?

We must also stay on top of the trends that will drive the next wave of growth and innovation in the region, from med-tech to gaming. And as cybercriminals continue to develop new tactics to target businesses, we need to stay on our toes to combat increasingly sophisticated attacks.

Let’s keep talking

Let’s keep the conversations going. If you are starting out on your directorial journey and would like to learn more or share your experiences, we would be delighted to hear from you.

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Darren Chapman is Director of Cyberscale and is an IoD ambassador for cyber and information security in the East of England.

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The IoD is a non-party political organisation founded in 1903. Members include directors from across the business spectrum, as well as CEOs of large corporations and entrepreneurial directors of start-up companies.

New Chair for IoD Suffolk

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The IoD  has appointed Barry Dowman to lead its Suffolk branch. Barry is Group Chief Executive of Bury St Edmunds based Styne Group, which designs and manufactures engineering, electrical and refrigeration solutions for businesses.

Barry said: “This is a great time to do business in Suffolk. We use digital innovation and the latest technology to drive the transition to a zero-carbon economy. We also benefit from excellent global connectivity and a highly skilled workforce. My role is to support local directors through the challenges that lie ahead, while giving them the tools to grow themselves and their organisations.”

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