The latest news coming from the Bath and Wiltshire branch of the Institute of Directors (IoD) is that the new chair will be none other than our very own practice director Jane Bishop. She was already an existing member of the committee, being vastly experienced she was considered a prime candidate for the role. Jane became a member of the Bonallack and Bishop team back in 2003; this was after 13 years as a member of the health services senior management team. While in that role she became the directorate manager for cancer care and surgery at Salisbury District Hospital.
The former governor will head up a team that provides support and services to over 500 members in the Bath and Wiltshire region. Speaking on her new position she said, “I’ve always had an interest in the inner workings of businesses. The pressures faced and the risks business owners take is something that I’m fascinated by”. Furthering that she spoke openly on the challenges that await her in the role, “Being chair is a tremendous honour and presents me with some of the biggest challenges of my career. The opportunities in front of me revolve around the Bath and Wiltshire region, which is diverse in terms of both business and geography”.
“It is my goal to understand and address the pressures faced by those in the area, including those addressed by the military. I feel the existing political and business network in place is there to be built upon. Collectively we can develop events and directors that showcase what exactly this area can do.”
“I want current directors to start mentoring young entrepreneurs, to help give them a head start in the business world and give them an understanding of what it takes to be successful. Starting the process early will give youngsters the chance to be part of a new generation of directors, and make the age range of the branch more diverse. My goal is ensure that it offers the type of experience that books and lectures just can’t offer.”
Jane’s arrival spells the end for ThoughtCrew MD Phil Richardson, who will be stepping down after three-years in the role