David Philpott – a new Chairman for Kent’s IoD

Another busy day yesterday, which started in my office at County Hall with an 8am meeting to discuss progress of the Kent Contemporary campaign, and a subsequent extension of the campaign that we’re launching on the first Monday in July.  Then a meeting with new Thanet MP Laura Sandys on the work we’re doing with partners to attract operators of offshore wind farms to our Kent’s shores.

But I was really pleased to be able to welcome the new Chairman of the Institute of Directors in Kent for an introductory discussion.  David Philpott has a lot to live up to since his appointment as Kent Chairman back in March of this year, following in the footsteps of such business visionaries as Graham Webb and Fraser Thompson.

David explained how around seventeen hundred of the IoD’s 42,000 membership come from Kent; how they draw support from around seventy events each year organised around specific sectors; how the Pall Mall headquarters as well as ten regional offices provide a base and a meeting place, not to mention invaluable business intelligence for business members.

I very much appreciated David’s style – his phrase “better to ask for fogiveness than permission” chimes with my own feelings about getting things done – especially in these uncertain times for local government.  I had a chance to explain the details of the Backing Kent Business campaign and the work of its steering group, and hope that David in his new IoD role will be able to continue the critical support of his organisation as we continue to look for new ways to put Kent’s businesses at the forefront of the recovery.


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