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IoD Scotland moves into new hub, welcomes new national director



The Institute of Directors Scotland has this week moved into its new members hub within the Royal College of Physicians at 12 Queen Street, Edinburgh.

In the same week, the membership organisation has also welcomed new national director, Louise Macdonald.

The first female national director of the organisation in Scotland will focus on connecting members and leading the growth of the organisation, as well as supporting leaders during the recovery from Covid-19.

Members will be able to access the new IoD hub to collaborate, network and work later this summer.

The 142 sq ft property features a members’ lounge alongside a ‘hot desk workroom’, which will allow members and guests work in a socially distanced setting. A large meeting room is also available for hire with views of Queen Street Gardens and the Firth of Forth.

Aidan O’Carroll, chairman of IoD Scotland, said: “The hub will provide members from Scotland and beyond with a space in the capital to work from, and we are already looking forward to recommencing our world-class professional development programme in person from August.

“As restrictions ease further, our hub, based in the historic setting of the Royal College, will become home for these sessions and the place for members to meet, network and collaborate.”

Macdonald said: “It’s an exciting time to be joining the IoD, particularly as we move into our new home and commence our planning to restart collaborative programmes and blended activity to support excellence in governance.

“I’m going to be focused on reaffirming and further developing the IoD in Scotland as an inclusive network of cross-sector leaders that collaborate and learn from each other.

“It is hugely important to me that we listen to members’ needs and ensure their experience and voices are heard as we enter a new post-pandemic chapter of leadership in communities across Scotland.”

Macdonald joins the IoD from a 20-year stint at Young Scot, where she has been its chief executive for the past 12 years.

She also held board positions with the Scottish Parliament’s Scotland Futures Forum, the First Minister’s National Advisory Council on Women and Girls, and the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s Post Covid-19 Futures Commission.

She replaced Malcolm Cannon, who announced he was leaving the organisation in January, after less than 18 months in the role.

He took up a new post as managing director property services with estate agency and law firm Simpson & Marwick in Edinburgh.

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