Dame Stephanie Shirley on the cover of Director – November issue out now

Director magazine cover with Dame Stephanie Shirley on the cover

Director magazine editor Lysanne Currie previews the November issue of Director magazine, which is being posted to IoD members and subscribers from today and available to download on iPad and Android now

It was 5 November 2008 and Barack Obama had just won the US election to become the country’s first black president. I remember the day clearly. I was in Leeds for meetings and the mood was wonderful – the air prickled with optimism, hope and possibility, despite being on the other side of an ocean and a year into the financial crisis. There was a sense that, whatever your politics, a good man with integrity had got the job.

November 2016 Director cover with Dame Stephanie ShirleyFast-forward eight years and, as we count down not only to the US election (Andy Silvester ruminates on its importance to UK plc on p15) but to the trigger of Article 50, the world is more uncertain. As I write, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have just finished their final debate in what has been a bitter and undignified campaign, Nicola Sturgeon is about to publish a draft bill for a second independence referendum and Brexit preparations are still in their early stages. All this means unprecedented instability and, as strategy plans for 2017 are finalised, an increased need for strong, focused leadership and great advice. As a reaction to the EU referendum result and a marked rise in calls for advice, the IoD has expanded its portfolio of information services – we outline them on p66.

IoD chief economist James Sproule reveals how post-Brexit Britain can still appeal to global investors (p59) and Mark Lund advises a mindset shift on p23. Many enquiries to our advice lines have been from those looking to expand into non-EU territories, so this month Nick Scott reports on Hong Kong as a gateway to trading with Asia (p45).

Finally, when it comes to leading through uncertain times, there is little to compare with the pragmatism and wisdom shared by someone who has lived a long and successful life. Our cover star – and winner of the IoD’s 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award – Dame Stephanie Shirley came to the UK as a Kindertransport child refugee in 1939, determined to make hers “a life worth saving”. She went on to become a game-changer in the technology industry and a leading philanthropist – I defy you not to be inspired. Have a great month!

Lysanne Currie

PS We are delighted to share the news that Director’s contributing editor Christian Koch has won Features Journalist of the Year (Destination) at the Business Travel Journalism Awards! He picked up the gong for his International Report on doing business in Poland (Director, October 2015).

Director magazine November issue – look at what’s inside!

Contents page from Director magazine November 2016 issue

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Richard Dunnett

Richard Dunnett

Richard Dunnett is an associate editor who writes about entrepreneurs, SMEs, FTSE 100 corporations, technology, manufacturing, media and sustainability.

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