Joanne Hodgetts, a commercial litigator with Harrison Clark Rickerbys, is literally occupying the directors’ chair as she takes over as the chairmanship of the Hereford and Worcester branch of the Institute of Directors (IoD).
With a high profile within the business community in the two counties, through having been a founder member and subsequently the chairman of the Young Directors’ Forum as well as a volunteer member of the Young Enterprise regional committees, Joanne hopes to continue bring businesses together, create opportunities for young people and raise the profile of the region.
She said: “I am looking forward tremendously to my role with the IoD; there is a great spirit of enterprise and entrepreneurship within Herefordshire and Worcestershire at all levels, and I believe that the IoD can foster and develop that to the benefit of the local economy across the area, so that established businesses thrive and new companies are given the support they need to flourish.”
Rod Thomas, Harrison Clark Rickerbys’ managing partner, said: “I am delighted for Jo - it is a great achievement and reflects her commitment to business development in the region.”
Calum Nisbet, regional director of the IoD in the West Midlands, said: “Jo has considerable professional credibility within the area and a great passion and enthusiasm for enterprise, which will help the organisation to extend its reach to younger businesspeople within the region. I look forward very much to working with her.”
Harrison Clark Rickerbys has 420 staff and partners based at offices in Hereford, Worcester, Cheltenham, the Wye Valley, Birmingham and the Thames Valley, who provide a complete spectrum of legal services to both business and private clients, regionally and nationwide. The firm also has a number of highly successful teams specialising in individual market sectors, including health and social care, education, agricultural and rural affairs, defence, security and the forces, advanced manufacturing and construction.