IoD appoint first BAME chairman to oversee Yorkshire & North East

Delroy Beverley, IoD Yorkshire & North East

Delroy Beverley has been appointed as the Institute of Directors’ Regional Chairman for the Yorkshire and North East super-region.

Succeeding Jon Geldart, who was named IoD Director General last autumn, Mr Beverley is the first BAME chairman in the IoD’s 117-year history.

In 2014, Mr Beverley was appointed as Chairman of the board at Bradford University School of Management. Prior, he served as Deputy Chairman of the Joseph Rowntree Trust Housing Board, part of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation which researches issues surrounding social disadvantages and deprivation within society.

He was the first person from within social housing to win a prestigious IoD ‘Director of the Year’ award, taking home the CSR / not-for-profit award in 2015. In 2018, he was named one of the most influential BAME leaders in the housing sector by Inside Housing.

He is currently Executive Director at one of the country’s largest housing groups, Nottingham City Homes.

As IoD chairman, he will oversee an influential super region, created by the merger of the Yorkshire and North East regions in 2019 to form a powerful business lobbying voice for the North of England. The region has six branches, each with its own chair and committee to support local business communities.

His role will include advocacy and influencing on behalf of the IoD, while supporting branch chairs. He will act as a champion for the Yorkshire and North East business economy, including the public sector and policy makers.

“I’ve learned that paying real attention matters most; knowing that change is often what’s happening at the margins, not around the boardroom table,” he said.

“In that regard, I will ensure that we listen to what our members and the business community are telling us, and make sure this is reflected in our messages at a national level and in how we support them, including new members.”