During his three-year stint as chairman of the Institute of Directors, Ian Dormer drew on his experience of running a family business – County Durham electrical contractor Rosh Engineering – to champion small enterprise in the UK
Now, Dormer’s sterling efforts have been rewarded with a CBE for services to business, particularly in the North East, in the New Year honours list.
“Ian Dormer thoroughly deserves this recognition for his contribution to the British business community,” said IoD director general Simon Walker in the wake of Dormer’s inclusion in the honours list. “During his time as Chairman of the Institute of Directors, and through his ownership of a successful engineering firm in the North East, Ian has consistently represented the values of integrity and enterprise which define success in business.
“Whether it was taking IoD members to meet the prime minister or drumming up support for UK exports on overseas trade missions, Ian’s efforts as chairman of the IoD stand tall, and I’m delighted to see them rewarded in the New Year’s Honours.”
Dormer was born in Loughborough, Leicestershire, and studied government at Essex University and political science at Georgetown University in Washington DC before becoming a reporter on aviation trade magazine Flight International. Three years later he took over Rosh – which installs and maintains power high-voltage electrical equipment – from his father.
“All the other chairmen have been old, grey-haired, London-based and had corporate backgrounds,” he remarked on becoming chairman of the IoD in March 2012. “There’s a pair of grey overalls and a hard hat in my boot.”
In a year in which 48 per cent of New Year’s Honours recipients were female, other prominent figures from the UK business scene to receive accolades included Carolyn McCall, chief executive of easyJet, and Natalie Massenet, founder of Net-a-Porter.
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