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Jo Haigh Teams Up With Iod To Share Secrets To

Friday, 16 January 2009

The Institute of Directors (IoD) in Yorkshire is hosting an event with former Yorkshire Business Woman of the Year, Jo Haigh, to discuss how business leaders can successfully surmount the challenges that they face in the workplace and advise of proactive solutions.

The evening discussion, to be held at Cutlers Hall in Sheffield on Thursday 19th February, is the first in a series of events hosted by the IoD in association with Vodafone. Guest speaker Jo Haigh will lead the debate which will be based on her latest sell-out business survival guide 'Tales from the Glass Ceiling'.

Partner and head of corporate finance for MGR and an award winning entrepreneur and trainer, Jo will share stories from her 20 year career, which has seen her buy and sell over 300 companies, hold numerous non-executive roles in companies across the Yorkshire region and helped many businesses through successful transactions.

Jo will also reveal details of interviews completed with 100+ entrepreneurs and celebrities, including fitness expert Rosemary Connelly, Group HR Director of 3i, Denise Collins and Rolline Frewen, managing director of the Admirable Crichton, events organisers for high profile brands including Sunseeker, Chanel and Cartier.

Comments Jo: "The discussion will be especially pertinent in the current climate where all businesses are experiencing fresh challenges.  By highlighting the key issues faced by companies and offering solutions I am hoping to inspire Yorkshire's leaders to further success and encourage companies to rethink their approach to this essential facet of their business."

Adds Richard Wagstaff, chairman of the IoD in South Yorkshire: "Jo's success as an entrepreneur and dealmaker speaks for itself.  This is an excellent opportunity for business leaders and those climbing up the corporate ladder to learn from the experts and to get answers to the questions that are most important to you."

The event is the first in a series of IoD seminars sponsored by Vodafone. Maria Fernandez, marketing manager at Vodafone comments: "Vodafone has committed itself to creating effective solutions to the key issues facing people in the modern workplace, such as flexible working and achieving a good work/life balance.  The ethos of Jo's latest publication certainly echoes our outlook and we are happy to be offering our support to what will be a useful and informative seminar."

For more information or to book your place visit www.iod.com/yorkshire/events or call Susanne Foxley on 0113 243 0152. Tickets cost £14.69 for IoD members and £19.57 for guests.



Notes to editor

Jo Haigh is Partner and Head of Corporate Finance for MGR, a company based in London and Sheffield and a partner in the fds Group, a specialist training and development business that she founded in the early 1990s.  She is a regular presenter for the Institute of Directors on corporate governance and mergers and acquisitions.

She has held numerous non-executive roles in companies across the Yorkshire region and helped many businesses through successful transactions.

Jo's third book, 'Tales from the Glass Ceiling - A Survival Guide for Women in Business' was published in June 2008 and sold out of its first reprint after five days.

For further information visit http://www.jo-haigh.com/


Notes to editor

The IoD (Institute of Directors) was founded in 1903 and obtained a Royal Charter in 1906. The IoD is a non-party political organisation with upwards of 52,000 members in the United Kingdom and overseas.  Membership includes directors from right across the business spectrum - from media to manufacturing, e-business to the public and voluntary sectors.  Members include CEOs of large corporations as well as entrepreneurial directors of start-up companies. 

The IoD offers a wide range of business services which include business centre facilities (including ten UK regional centres three in London, Reading, Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester, Nottingham, Edinburgh and Belfast) and one each in Paris and Brussels), conferences, networking events, issues-led guides and literature, as well as free access to business information and advisory services and a comprehensive Information Centre.  The IoD places great emphasis on director development and has established a certified qualification for directors - Chartered Director - as well as running specific board-level and director-level training and individual career mentoring programmes.

In addition, the IoD provides an effective voice to represent the interests of its members to government and key opinion-formers at the highest levels.  These include ministers, constituency MPs, Select Committee members and senior civil servants. IoD policies and views are actively promoted to the national, regional and trade media. 

For further information, visit our website: www.iod.com