Miles Templeman

Former Chairman, Institute of Directors


Miles Templeman is the former Director General of the Institute of Directors. He began his career as a marketing specialist and gained his pedigree leading such major consumer brands as Daz, Ribena and Lucozade, and was Marketing Director of Levis jeans. He then moved to general management and after running Threshers, Miles became MD of the Whitbread Beer Company. He had great success in building those companies, especially with the growth of such brands as Boddingtons and Stella Artois.

Miles then had a series of non-executive directorships and consultancy roles including Royal Mail, Ben Sherman and Accenture before becoming Chief Executive of Bulmers, which was eventually successfully sold to Scottish & Newcastle. Miles was also Non-Executive Chairman of restaurant chain YO! Sushi between 2003 and 2008.

A firm believer in the power of the brand and the importance of valuing your team, Miles is a passionate believer in the values of enterprise and assumed the role of Director General of the IoD in 2004, at a time when its membership, influence and relevance was steadily increasing, particularly with the growing importance of corporate governance, director standards and the importance of entrepreneurship and innovation in business. One of the key objectives is to make the IoD more international and build its reputation as a centre of excellence for directors around the world.

Alongside his IoD role, Miles is Non-Executive Chairman of Shepherd Neame, the Kentish family brewer; a Board Member of Young Enterprise; Enterprise Insight; and The European Confederation of Directors’ Associations (ecoDa); and Senior Non-Executive Director of Melrose PLC, the buy-out specialist.

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