Business boss Emma Liddiard is new Kent IoD chairman
Emma Liddiard with
David Philpott, outgoing chairman of the Institute of Directors
by business editor Trevor Sturgess
Radio station chief Emma Liddiard is to become the new chairman
influential business group.
She takes over as chairman of the Kent branch of the
Institute of Directors at the start of next month.
Ms Liddiard replaces David Philpott, the former chief
executive of Kent Air
Ambulance, who has been in the role for the past three years.
Her media career spans 17 years and has extensive contacts in
Kent's business community.
She has been a judge in the Kent Excellence in Business Awards
(KEiBA), working with Mr Philpott on the Entrepreneur of the Year
IoD Kent is one of its most active branches in the UK, with more
than 1,500 members.
Around 40% are chairmen, chief executive officers or managing
directors and 45% have senior boardroom roles such as non-executive
The branch has pioneered work with young people, especially
through KAYE – the Kent Association for Young Entrepreneurs.
"David has left some large shoes to fill," said Ms Liddiard. "I
must admit, I didn't know a lot about the organisation and joined
the IoD because of David.
"Since becoming a member however, I have discovered many, many
advantages of being part of this network and I feel passionate
about sharing these with more people in Kent.
"I hope I can continue to build on the success David has
achieved in the last three years."
Ms Liddiard is the managing director of Heart – part of Global
She lives near Dover with her husband Jerry, a teacher, and
their three-year old son William.
In her spare time, Ms Liddiard looks after her two
horses and enjoys gardening.