Wednesday, 04 November 2021 20:18

First female Chair of IoD Scotland appointed

Susan Deacon has been appointed as the first female chair of the Institute of Directors in Scotland, following an “open and extensive” recruitment process.

She succeeds Ian McKay, who will officially stand down after three years in the role at the organisation’s conference on Friday. Susan will pick up the baton at the same event.

As a former MSP and Scottish Government Minister, and having served on the boards of a number of businesses and charities, Susan brings a wealth of leadership experience and involvement in Scottish business and public life.

She has also worked widely across the private, public and third sectors in developing strategic partnerships and at the interface between academia, business and Government

Ian McKay said: “The future of the IoD is in excellent hands with Susan at the helm. Her varied experience and approach to leadership will be of real benefit to the IoD at a time when boards are increasingly embracing change.”

Susan added: “Successful organisations need effective leaders – it’s that simple. If Scotland is to continue to grow and flourish on a world stage we need to support the leaders of today and to grow the leaders of tomorrow. So too must our Boardrooms have within them a diverse range of skills and experience and operate to the highest possible standards.

“I am very proud to be taking on the role of Chair of IoD Scotland, an organisation which has been at the forefront of promoting high standards of leadership and governance.

David Watt, executive director of the IoD in Scotland, added: “The Chair’s appointment is welcomed by myself and the staff team, and we look forward to working with Susan to further grow the IoD in Scotland, and to drive change across Scotland’s business sector.”

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