Belfast born businessman to lead IoD UK

Stephen Martin
Stephen Martin

An Ulsterman is to become Director General of one of the UK’s leading business group the Institute of Directors.

Belfast-born Stephen Martin who is now based in the north of England will take over the prestigious role in October the organisation confirmed.

Mr Martin has been chief executive of the Clugston Group, a large privately-owned construction, logistics and property company based in Scunthorpe since 2006.

During this time, the firm has featured in The Sunday Times Profit Track 100, The Sunday Times Top Track 250, and been celebrated in the London Stock Exchange’s 1,000 Companies To Inspire Britain report.

As well as being recognised with several business awards, in 2009 he took part in the Channel 4 TV show, Undercover Boss, which saw him going incognito in his own company to learn what employees really thought of the firm.

“I am very pleased we have found such a strong leader to take over as Director General at the IoD,” said its chairman Lady Barbara Judge.

He has demonstrated his commercial ability at large and small companies over many years and will continue the excellent work of Simon Walker in making sure we continue to provide the best possible support, training and representation for British business leaders.

“Stephen is a long-standing IoD Fellow who has played an active part in the business community in Yorkshire and the Humber. He understands the challenges faced by company directors across the UK and I look forward to working closely with him as we help our members adapt to the new world we find ourselves in after the Brexit vote.”

A student at Grosvenor High School, Mr Martin began his career as a quantity surveyor before going on to hold a series of management positions at engineering and construction companies.

“I have found the support IoD membership provides invaluable in my role running a business based in North Lincolnshire, and want to further strengthen the institute’s position in all regions and nations of the UK.

“The IoD’s mission to provide excellent professional development for directors is hugely important to ensuring British companies are well-run, and I look forward to continuing innovation in director training.”