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Young IoD Forum to help aspiring talent

Lex ManciniThe Institute of Directors Scotland has launched Scotland’s first IoD Young Directors Forum (YDF) to help young and aspiring directors move up the corporate ladder and grow their businesses.

The YDF will join the six regional branches of IoD Scotland, creating a platform that connects the experienced with the inexperienced, providing mentoring, tailored events, CPD training, and opportunities for young entrepreneurs, emerging directors and aspiring CEOs to learn about business issues and governance.

Lex Mancini (pictured), a qualified lawyer and associate at Tilney Bestinvest, has been appointed chairman of the Young Directors Forum.

She said: “Scotland has been given the opportunity to create a platform that caters for the younger generation in business and taps into the wealth of experience that the IoD membership holds.

“The Young Directors Forum is an opportunity to uncover the needs of Scotland’s aspiring directors and entrepreneurs who are looking for tailored membership value and will be a force for change and increased diversity within the ranks of the IoD.

“Importantly, it will provide the support, access to expertise and the business network that young directors need to grow and be successful.”

The YDF has the support of the Scottish Government and the launch took place at a reception event hosted by Edinburgh Napier University.

Guest speakers were Louise Macdonald, chief executive of Young Scot, and Lord Dunlop, who ran a communications business for more than 20 years before becoming Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Scotland Office,.

They spoke to members under 40 about their personal experiences of becoming directors, the importance of having a mentor and what young directors can expect from the IoD Young Directors Forum.

Scotland Office minister Andrew Dunlop said: “I want Scotland to be the most entrepreneurial place in the world.  If we are to tackle poverty, address the scourge of long-term unemployment and deliver social justice – and we must – then we need first to generate the means to achieve our social goals.  And that is where Scotland’s young directors come in.”

Ms Macdonald said: “Ask any successful leader in business or public service, and the chances are that they will have at least one person that helped them along the way – either formally or informally – by motivating, mentoring and inspiring.

“IoD membership has always been seen as something to aspire to, but with this pipeline initiative, the IoD is providing an unparalleled opportunity for tomorrow’s leaders to have access to some of Scotland’s most successful brains, with the net result being better run, faster growing and more successful Scottish public services and businesses.”

Ms Mancini is supported by Samantha McFarlane, business engagement manager at Edinburgh Napier University Business School; Mhairi MacLeod, director and founder of LUX; Malcolm Steel, director of Mearns and Company; and Josh Quigley, zookeeper at SharkDog.

Together, this growing committee of YDF members will organise YDF events throughout the business calendar.

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