THE Institute of Directors has appointed Andrew Palmer as an ambassador for the Harrogate district.

The ambassador network consists of high-profile business leaders who represent and promote the IoD in their area and grow the region’s voice on national policy matters.

Mr Palmer is the chief executive of North of England Excellence, a not-for-profit membership organisation that helps businesses on the journey to excellence through collaboration, networking and training.

He was a director of business organisation CBI in Yorkshire and the Humber and, more recently, Scotland. He said: “I have a passion for helping individuals and organisations to succeed and achieve their full potential. That is one of the IoD’s core propositions so I’m delighted to come on board.”