Institute of Directors West Midlands Director John Phillips is stepping down after 23 years – and is urging others to come forward to take up the role.

Mr Phillips has decided to move from full-time employment at the age of 64, but to continue to serve the IoD as a volunteer and will continue to work on his coaching projects with students.

The organisation is now seeking a replacement.

“It has been a huge privilege for me to work for such a prestigious and worthwhile organisation over such a long period of time,” Mr Phillips told the

Birmingham Post.

“The very best of it has been all the people I have met and the many friends I have made from across the region’s business community.”

Mr Phillips explained that he was pleased to leave the IoD as its profile has reached record heights.

“My decision to step down has been made easier for me as I know I am leaving the IoD in a strong position,“ he said.

“Our membership has grown, our profile has never been higher and we are now in a well respected voice, championing the cause of business in what is a fascinating time of major changes.”

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The IoD supplies a range of opportunities for members and represents the interests of business across the region, including:

A professional development courses for directors which leads to the status of chartered director.

A range of local events, seminars, factory visits and opportunities to network.

A regional Hub for directors at the Library of Birmingham.

A full range of director services.

The role will require:

Maintaining and growing membership across the West Midlands.

Ensuring that business leaders and other opinion formers in the West Midlands are fully award of the IoD and what it can offer.

Providing leadership and support to toe IoD’s network across the West Midlands.

Generating sponsorship and building appropriate relationships.

To apply for the role contact The closing applications is February 19.