Monday 12th March, 10:00, Main Stage – Opening Address (Keynote)

Wednesday 14th March, 16:15, Main Stage – Open House 2038: What will we be talking about here in 20 years? (Keynote)

Stephen Martin became Director General of the Institute of Directors, Britain’s longest-running organisation for business leaders, in February 2017. He began his career as a quantity surveyor, before going on to hold a series of management positions at engineering and construction companies.

In 2006, he became Group Chief Executive of The Clugston Group, which combines construction, civil engineering, logistics, property development, property investments and facilities management businesses. Founded in Scunthorpe in 1937, Clugston is one of the UK’s largest private companies, with over 600 staff.

Originally from Northern Ireland, Stephen is a long-standing member of the IoD and has been involved in the business community in Yorkshire and the Humber for many years, acting as a business mentor to start-ups in the region and an Apprenticeship Ambassador. In 2009, he appeared on the first series of the Channel 4 television show Undercover Boss.

He is a companion of the Chartered Management Institute and a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He also holds a number of fellowships. He became a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in 2002, and at the Institute of Directors in 2011.