Members of the IoD Jersey have elected Wendy Dorman as their new Chair for the coming year, following the organisation’s recent Annual Members Meeting.
At the AMM, held on 22nd May, IoD Jersey members appointed Wendy, who succeeds Jason Laity as Chair, and a new-look committee who will support and represent the views of members.
Also sitting on the committee are Chris Clark, Heidi Gibaut, Kathy Gillen, Adam Riddell, Richard Rolfe, John Shenton, Stephen Spybey and David Vieira. Kirsten Higgins remains Branch Officer.
Wendy is tax partner at PwC Channel Islands and has over twenty years’ experience in financial services taxation. For the past Twelve years Wendy has been based in Jersey running a tax practice for a wide range of clients, principally in the financial services sector. She was awarded the 2011 IoD Female Director of the Year, is a former President of the Jersey Society of Chartered and Certified Accountants and is a member of the Jersey Finance Fiscal Strategy Group and Digital Jersey Government and infrastructure target action group.
As well as maintaining a busy programme of monthly lunches featuring high profile speakers, over the next 12 months the IoD will also be staging its annual debate, which this year will take population in Jersey as its central theme, running its popular Work Shadowing Scheme for local students, facilitating the Chartered Director course, preparing for next year’s Director of the Year Awards and responding on behalf of members to government policy issues.
Commenting on her appointment, Wendy highlighted in particular her objective to make the IoD as relevant as possible to young people, encourage diversity in business and promote business-friendly government policies to nurture growth and innovation in all sectors of Jersey’s economy:
“Key to our focus over the coming months will be ensuring that the IoD remains relevant to our business leaders of tomorrow, and we have a number of initiatives in store to achieve that. As the IoD Jersey’s first female chair, diversity in business leadership will also be a central theme for us this year, whilst maintaining momentum and playing our part in driving forward change in Jersey through business innovation and supporting sensible policies aimed at enabling local businesses to grow and diversify will also be high on our agenda.
“I’d like to thank Jason Laity for his outstanding leadership over the past three years. I am delighted to be elected and look forward to working with my committee to support all our members in a rapidly changing business environment and a crucial election year.”
The IoD Jersey has a membership of over 630, including business leaders representing various industries including financial services, law, technology, telecommunications, retail, tourism, health and education.