The Institute of Directors (IoD) has launched the search for a vice-chair for its West Yorkshire team.

The vice-chair will play a key role in supporting chair Poonam Kaur in driving forward the branch strategy and building a community of members who help each other to grow and succeed.

Poonam is managing director of corporate finance firm fds, based in Wakefield.

The IoD provides connections, professional development and an influential lobbying voice that presses for change where it is needed most.

The vice-chair helps to execute the branch business plan whilst upholding national IoD policies, activities and standards and ensuring that the branch’s growing army of ambassadors are kept fully and accurately briefed on them.

The successful candidate will build and develop connections with local businesses and other stakeholders such as LEPs, public sector bodies and universities.

Poonam said: “Applicants for this voluntary role should be IoD members who live or work in West Yorkshire. In return for your time and expertise, we offer fantastic opportunities to grow your network and influence the operation of the IoD branch.

“These are challenging times for all organisations but we are determined as a community to create better directors for a better world.”

Interested candidates should send their CV and covering letter to by 11 July 2021.