Stephen Martin has decided to step down as Director General of the Institute of Directors, to enable new leadership to take on the next phase of the IoD’s transformation programme, which will extend beyond his three-year tenure.
Having led the organisation since February 2017, Mr Martin has tirelessly represented the views of directors from across the UK to government, resulting in positive changes to the Apprenticeship Levy, investment allowances, business rates, and more.
The IoD’s professional development arm has gone from strength to strength under his leadership, with the launch of new physical and digital training academies. The Institute has helped record numbers of members manage regulatory challenges such as GDPR, and provided guidance to thousands of businesses on preparing for Brexit.
While a new Director General is being recruited, Anna Daroy will act as Director General for operations, and Edwin Morgan will act as Director General for external affairs.
Stephen Martin said: “After a period of consideration, I feel that this is the right time for me to move on. Given the timescales involved, it makes sense to allow my successor an opportunity to take responsibility for implementing the IoD’s vision for the future of the organisation.
“It has been a privilege to represent the leaders and entrepreneurs that we proudly call our members. I would also like to thank our dedicated staff and volunteers for the support they have given me over the past two years. As a long-standing member, I will continue to champion the great work done by our Institute.”
Charlotte Valeur, Chair of the IoD, said: “Stephen leaves with our best wishes and thanks for the work he has done in his time as Director General, throughout which he has displayed great commitment to the IoD and a passion for speaking up for our members. He has been at the helm during a pivotal period for the organisation and indeed the country, but we accept his decision to allow new leadership to drive forward the changes the Institute wants to make.
“The board’s search for Stephen’s successor will begin immediately. In the short-term, I will work with our senior team to ensure our efforts to support, develop and represent business leaders will continue unabated.”