North East business leader Graham Robb has been elected to the national council of the Institute of Directors (IoD).

The role of the IoD Council is to ensure that the organisation delivers the objectives of its Royal Charter, manage key appointments and hold the board to account.

Graham is the founder and senior partner at Recognition PR in Darlington, providing PR services for businesses across the North. The company also runs a number of influential networking groups including the two Shadow MPCs in Yorkshire and the North East and the web-based North East Business Group with nearly 10,000 members.

Graham is vice-chair of the Entrepreneurs’ Forum, a board member of the South Tees Development Corporation and served a three-year term as North East chairman of the IoD.

Graham also serves as an associate member of the Tees Valley Combined Authority Cabinet in his capacity as a member of the Tees Valley Local Enterprise Partnership.

Graham said: “The IoD is an important business organisation which is respected by those who run our country. I’m honoured to begin service on its Council as a private sector representative and look forward to contributing to its work on behalf of IoD members across the North East.”

I’m honoured to serve on the IoD Council as a private sector representative and look forward to contributing to its work on behalf of IoD members across the North East.”

Natalie Sykes, IoD Yorkshire and the North East regional director, said: “Graham will be a fantastic ambassador for the North East. He will be a valuable addition to the Council, helping to ensure the IoD delivers good corporate governance of behalf of its members nationwide.”