Top Chester-based executive search specialist, Rob McKay has been appointed as the IoD’s new Cheshire Chair. As owner and director of executive search firm, Sherrington Associates and with twenty years’ experience in the recruitment and executive search sectors, Rob has been selected to head up the national organisation’s local branch, when incumbent Bill Carr completes his tenure at the end of this month.
Holding extensive experience of delivering executive search assignments for high profile clients in the UK, Europe and Asia and with local clients including Chester Zoo, Marketing Cheshire and a host of private-sector SME’s, Rob who lives in Chester, is well placed to achieve his vision in helping the county lead on both regional and national issues.
“As an active member of the IoD since 2012 and having gained so much professional support during this time, I firmly believe in the great value of the institution for members here in Cheshire and throughout our North West region.
“I am committed to collaborating with the huge wealth of talent that we have here, to contribute and promote our county’s successes whilst highlighting key business issues such as the STEM agenda and diversity within the boardroom.
“I am proud that Cheshire has one of the UK’s most skilled and productive workforces and that it’s science corridor boasts one of the largest populations of science and engineering businesses in the UK. The IoD is uniquely positioned to influence positive change for businesses across all sectors in Cheshire by leveraging our assets, in particular the diversity of our director-level talent across the 42,000 businesses who call Cheshire their home.”
Claire Ebrey, IoD North West Regional Director congratulated Rob on his outstanding application, saying:
“Rob has a clear passion for working with the Cheshire business community to grow and develop our community of leaders in the county, create even more opportunity and drive growth within the economy. His enthusiasm and energy made him stand out as the ideal candidate for this position.
“The IoD is the membership organisation for leaders across all sectors, and shapes and sizes of organisation. It aims to support members to be the best leaders they can be. Rob will play an instrumental role in continuing to grow and broaden membership within the region.”
“The IoD has such a big year ahead and as the wider nation’s future is shaped over the coming months, the role of the regions in supporting the most positive conditions for growth and prosperity for us all, will be paramount. The IoD in Cheshire has an incredible opportunity to take a lead role in encouraging change for the county, but to do this we need to continue growing our enlivened, cohesive membership. I am truly excited to be taking on this role and contributing at this pivotal time.”
Rob, who is from a sixth generation Cheshire family, is an active member of a number of local business groups including Cheshire Business Leaders. He is also a member of the judging panel for the High Sheriff of Cheshire’s Awards for Enterprise, a member of the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) and is retained as the in-house executive coach by a number of high profile businesses across the county.