Dr Adrian Steele, managing director of Cannock-based Mercian Labels, is the latest director to join the elite group of individuals who have achieved the Institute of Directors’ Chartered Director status.

He is one of only 700 directors to become a Chartered Director in the UK in a membership of 45,000.

He achieved Chartered Director status after completing the IoD’s certificate and diploma in company direction in 2007 and completing the rigorous professional review interviews. He said: “Running a business in today’s fast-changing climate is extremely challenging. I needed to ensure that I fully understood the legal and financial responsibilities that come with being a director. For me it’s about becoming a business professional.

"The certificate and diploma in company direction provided the expert knowledge and guidance needed to run a company efficiently and profitably. Perhaps the most useful element for me was understanding how to prepare a robust strategy and techniques to understand the marketplace. The IoD’s training has contributed considerably to the on-going success of Mercian Labels.”

Jean Pousson, Programme Director for the IoD in the West Midlands, said: “As a Chartered Director Adrian will be able to demonstrate to shareholders, stakeholders, clients and customers that his organisation is professional and successful. Directors who complete the IoD’s qualifications in company direction are extremely well-placed to appreciate all aspects of effective business leadership and sound corporate governance.”

Mercian Labels is the UK’s leading manufacturer of short-run customised labels and produces the world’s best-known security labelling brand, Label Lock. Adrian has also been invited to become a Fellow of the Institute of Directors.