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New hire for city branch

Ashworth takes chair at IoD Edinburgh

julie-ashworthJulie Ashworth, an executive director and chairman of retail technology start-up Clear Returns, has been appointed chairman of IoD Scotland’s Edinburgh branch.

Ms Ashworth has held retail director positions and executive advisory roles at retail giants such as The Spirit Group, IBM and Marks & Spencer.

She brings extensive international experience in multi-channel retail with particular expertise in strategy, governance, operations and leader developments to her new role and succeeds former branch chairmen Alan Thornburrow and George Hall. 

Ms Ashworth also provides board level advisory services to both FTSE companies and charitable organisations. She regards the founding of organisational development consultancy Broadreach as one of her key achievements. 

Commenting on her new role, she said: “In the current climate of change and economic uncertainty, the IoD has never been more relevant to Edinburgh businesses as a place to connect with other directors from across the capital, Scotland, the UK and globally.”

She adds: “Our fantastic new premises in Charlotte Square provide a destination for all directors. It is a great place to make contact, network and liaise with other influential leaders, and we will continue to deliver a varied calendar of activities and events and give members a local policy influence in Edinburgh.”

David Watt, executive director of the IoD in Scotland, said: “We welcome Julie on board and look forward to working with her to grow the IoD’s 650 strong membership in Edinburgh.”

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