- Luke Johnson slammed the chaos at the business organisation for bosses
- He says its leaders should be helping firms not bickering among themselves
- The former Channel 4 chairman has called for the IoD to unite
An entrepreneur has criticised the Institute of Directors for losing its way after three directors were forced to quit after a racism row.
Luke Johnson slammed the chaos at the business organisation for bosses and said its leaders should be working to help companies instead of bickering among themselves.
Johnson – a former Channel 4 chairman known for building up food chains Patisserie Valerie and Pizza Express – called for the IoD to unite and fight against Labour’s socialist policies under Jeremy Corbyn.
An entrepreneur has criticised the Institute of Directors (pictured, the London HQ) for losing its way after three directors were forced to quit after a racism row
It follows a power struggle at the organisation which saw chairman Lady Judge face a complaint for bullying, sexism and racism.
She was forced to quit last week along with close boardroom allies Sir Kenneth Olisa and Arnold Wagner.
Johnson, who was a candidate for IoD chairman when Lady Judge was appointed in 2015, said he expects more heads could roll in coming weeks.
He said: ‘It’s a great shame that an organisation that has a wonderful opportunity to champion business appears to have lost its way.’
Johnson’s remarks follow a power struggle at the organisation which saw chairman Lady Judge (pictured) face a complaint for bullying, sexism and racism
Lady Judge was secretly recorded by director general Stephen Martin warning that having a black man and a pregnant woman on her staff was ‘the worst combination’.
It is also alleged she told one female employee not to ‘dress like a tart’ and had made an assistant stand in a stairwell for an hour while a painter discussed the light levels for her portrait.
She denies the claims but said she regrets the language caught on tape.
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