IoD looks for new chief as director plans retirement
The search is on to fill one of the top roles in business in Northern Ireland as its present occupant steps down after more than two decades.
And Linda Brown, who has held the position of national director for the Institute of Directors (IoD) for 23 years, has been praised for her contribution as she prepares to retire.
Ms Brown will give up her role in July.
Ian Sheppard, chairman of the IoD in Northern Ireland, said: "Linda Brown has been at the forefront of the IoD for more than two decades and her contribution to representing, developing and supporting the institute and its members has been immense.
"On behalf of the organisation, I would like to sincerely thank Linda for her efforts and wish her well in the future."
He said the appointment of a new national director was "hugely significant" as he or she would play a major role in shaping the future of the organisation.
Mr Sheppard described the IoD as "the voice of business leaders" with some of our most prominent businesspeople among its membership.
"Driving the IoD's relevance, vibrancy and sustainability in Northern Ireland will be key objectives of the new national director, alongside growing the membership of influential directors and decision makers," he added.
"Key to growing the relevance will be delivering a programme of professional development events that will help delegates achieve the core competencies of an effective director, and meet all their needs regardless of the stage they have reached in their careers."
The recruitment process for the national director role is being managed by Neal Lucas Executive Search.
Neal Lucas said: "Candidates for the national director role must have a track record of success with practical commercial experience, as well as an up-to-date knowledge of local government and economic infrastructure.
"We specialise in finding the right people for management, director and board level appointments, and are expecting applications from across Northern Ireland and the UK for this position."