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Steve Hill

Institute of Directors appoints new vice chairman for South West

The Institute of Directors has appointed a new vice chairman for the South West.

Steve Hill is a qualified chartered director and volunteer ambassador representing the SME community in the region.

He will support the transition to a new chairperson later in the year when Muir Macdonald steps down after his three-year term.

Steve started his career working for GEC Marconi in the 1980s. Having worked in a variety of roles he moved into project management and business leadership and also attained a post graduate degree in project management.

In 2000 he took up his first executive role, working for a division of Thales (then Racal) leading and improving their project management activities.

During this time he completed the IoD Diploma in company direction and went on gain the accreditation of chartered director.

He took up his first MD role in 2002 and lead a number of Thales businesses in the UK. In 2011, Steve joined the Cohort group as MD of one of its subsidiaries SEA. During the period of his leadership SEA grew both profitably and in overall size, increasing its customer base from the UK only to include customers from several overseas countries.

In late 2020 Steve decided to step down from his role leading SEA to build a portfolio career supporting other businesses, aiming to share the knowledge he has built up to help others succeed.

He is based in Somerset.

“The Institute has been such a big part of my professional development and therefore I am delighted to be stepping into a position in which I can support members in the region even further beyond my Ambassador role. It’s a key time for the economy as we continue to get back on our feet and good governance and leadership will be critical,” said Steve.

Muir added: “I have had the pleasure of working alongside Steve since early in the year when he came on board as ambassador. He has all the qualities we could wish for as we continue strengthening the region’s leadership to get close and stay close to our members.

“With a fabulous group of ambassadors, the IoD’s team building gradually, and the Covid restrictions lifting, the future is looking even brighter here in the South West.”