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IoD’s Martin: ‘we are getting used to uncertainty’

Stephen Martin

Stephen Martin: ‘elephants in the room’ (photo by Terry Murden)

Stephen Martin, the newly-installed director general of the Institute of Directors, last night told a gathering of leaders in Glasgow that Britain’s bosses “are getting used to uncertainty”.

Mr Martin, making his first public appearance in Scotland since taking up the role in February, told guests at the IOD Scotland director of the year awards ceremony that there were “two elephants in the room”.

Brexit and the call for another Scottish independence referendum hung over the economy, Strong leadership would guide Britain’s businesses through the current period of uncertainty.

“Our members getting used to political uncertainty and we have to plan for the various outcomes. This is what leadership is about,” he said.

The IOD would continue to be a source of guidance and inspiration in such times, he said. “It is our job to help develop businesses.”

The Ulsterman began his career as a quantity surveyor and held a series of senior management positions until being appointed chief executive of civil engineering, property and facilities management company Clugston Group.

David Watt

David Watt: leaders solve problems (photo by Terry Murden)

David Watt, executive director in Scotland, challenged members to lead the country through the problems they face.

“It is about how we as leaders deal with problems and not just complain about them,” he said.

Economy Secretary Keith Brown told guests: “The Scottish Government is committed to supporting sustainable business growth, and fostering a fairer and more prosperous Scotland. 

“The Institute of Director’s Scottish Awards provides an annual opportunity to showcase the innovation and excellence of Scottish companies that underpins growth in our economy and which I see regularly as I visit companies across Scotland.

“It is only right that we continue to celebrate their achievements and I congratulate all those nominated.”

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