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Two chairmen for Institute Of Directors

SOnia CottomSonia Cottom (pictured left),  director at Pain Association Scotland, has taken on the chairmanship for IoD Tayside while Ian Collins (pictured below), Bank of Scotland area director for local banking in the Tayside and central Scotland area, has been appointed chairman of the Fife branch.

Ms Cottom won the early stage business director of the year title at the annual IoD Director of the Year awards, as well as the IoD Scotland emerging director of the year at the Scottish Director of The Year awards, in 2017.

Ms Cottom said: “I will be focusing on holding events to connect people and to help deliver added value to their organisations – it’s not always about new ideas, it’s how we build upon and add value to what we have.

“We will be strengthening links with the colleges and universities to share best practice, creating hubs locally where members can work or meet others, and providing  a platform to support businesses to attract investments. 

“In a nutshell, I want to support, grow and nurture our business leaders to make a difference to what binds us – community.”

ian collinsMr Collins takes on the chairmanship at the Fife branch and knows the business landscape of the region well.

He is currently the director for local banking at Bank of Scotland covering the area and is vice president of Dundee and Angus Chamber of Commerce.

Mr Collins said: “I hope to build on Fife’s IoD membership, bringing in new faces and creating further benefits for existing members. Businesses in the area need to embrace change and grasp the opportunities of a digital world.

“We will be hosting events to help leaders focus on our local potential, and we will support businesses through the various challenges they are likely to face over the coming months.”

David Watt, executive director of IoD Scotland, said: “Both Ian and Sonia are terrific leaders, who have strong track records in their respective areas of Scotland. Both have proven business successes, and will champion best practice in the boardroom as well as drive positive development across Tayside and Fife’s business sectors.” 


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