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New chairman takes over at local Institute of Directors Branch

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Roy Shutz (left) takes the chair of the Institute of Directors Eastern Branch from Stephanie Smye, watched by committee member David Jennings (background, left) and Michael Large (background, right), chairman of the IoD's East of England region.

Local lawyer and businessman Roy Shutz has been elected as chairman of the Eastern Branch of the Institute of Directors which represents more than 1,000 company directors throughout Cambridgeshire.

Roy, who lives in the village of Lower Dean near Huntingdon, has been a member of the branch committee for the past four years, most recently as leader of its discussion group.

He takes over as branch chairman from Stephanie Smye, director of Smye Holland Associates, who steps down after three years in the post.

Roy said: "I would like to pay tribute to the conscientious, diligent and capable manner in which Stephanie has led the branch.

"The new committee and I look forward to arranging a programme of interesting and enjoyable events as well as providing robust and forceful advocacy on behalf of members and the mainly small and medium sized business in which they work."

Forceful advocacy should be second nature to Roy who worked for 15 years as a barrister in chambers in London. He is currently chairman of Romar Investments Ltd, a small commercial property company. He is also a director of Maze Restaurants Ltd of Saffron Walden.

Born in 1943 he studied law at the University of Birmingham and gained a Certificate in Education before going on to work at Longsands School in St Neots, Cambridgeshire, and then at the University of Warwick and the London School of Economics prior to starting a career as a barrister.

Whilst living in London he was for sixteen years a member of Barnet London Borough Council and at various times held the position of chairman of the education committee, leader of the council and mayor. He is currently a member of the general council of the British Property Federation.

Retiring chairman Stephanie Smye said: "The past three years have mostly been great fun but, at times, very hard work. Roy and others on the committee have given me tremendous support and I am delighted to be able to hand over to someone whom I know will make a great success of leading the branch into the future."

June 2003




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