The board is responsible for the overall leadership of the Institute and setting its values, standard, aims and objectives and delivering them in line with the Charter Objects.
The board is composed of the chair of the institute, a majority of non-executive directors, and the director general and executive directors.
A member of the IoD since 2003, Chris Walton was appointed a non-executive director of the Board in 2013 and Audit and Risk Chairman in 2015. He has previously been the Finance Director and CFO for easyJet Plc, and now holds a number of non-executive directorships.
Chris is the Chairman of KazMunayGas NC, a large vertically integrated oil and gas company. He is also the Audit Chair of the Submarine Delivery Agency and a member of the Royal Navy’s Naval Shipbuilding Strategy Client Board.
He is an experienced company chairman: Lothian Buses (buses & trams); Goldenport Holdings (shipping); and Asia Resource Minerals Plc, (coal mining). In addition, he was the Senior Independent Director and Audit Chair of Rockhopper Exploration Plc (offshore oil exploration) and Audit Chair of the Kazakhstan State Railways (the world’s 19th largest railway system).
In the past, he has been a non-executive member of the Audit Committee of the UK Department for Culture, Media and Sport, which is jointly responsible for the “digital economy”, broadcasting, arts, sport and, formerly, the 2012 London Olympic Games. In addition, Chris was a member of the Bank of England’s Regional Economic Advisory Panel (SE England & Anglia) from 2002 to 2005.
As Finance Director of easyJet Plc, Chris successfully directed its IPO. He has held senior finance and commercial posts at Qantas, Air New Zealand, Australia Post and Australian Airlines. Chris has also worked for BP Australia, in the Australian Senate and for Hamersley Iron. Chris is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.
He served for almost a decade in the Australian Army Reserve, principally in the 1st Commando Regiment. He is married with one son.
Deborah holds non-executive roles at Which?, IDEX and SATIB Conservation Trust and is an investor and advisor to start-up internet firms.
Prior to building her portfolio career, Deborah spent 25 years in executive roles in technology and internet companies across fintech, ecommerce, software and telecommunications industries. This included 14 years in European and global vice president roles at PayPal, eBay, Symantec and Verizon. Deborah is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors and holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Electronics) Honours degree from the University of Melbourne and a Sloan Masters in Science (Management) with Distinction from London Business School. Deborah is an avid wildlife conservationist and photographer.
Kirsty is the Managing Director of Morpheus Labs, an Oxford-based start-up developing technology for autonomous vehicles. Prior to this Kirsty was the Director of Venture Businesses for the AA.
She has significant experience of membership organisations through her time leading Group Strategy for the AA, and running the AA Hotel and Restaurant star rating scheme and the AA and BSM Driving Schools.She has held a number of board positions in for-profit and charitable organisations, including as a Trustee of the AA Charitable Trust for Road Safety.
Alexander Simpson is General Counsel & Company Secretary at ASDA Stores Limited, one of the UK’s largest food retailer serving around 19m customers each week.
Prior to joining ASDA, Alexander was Group Commercial Lawyer at Northern Foods plc (now 2 Sisters Food Group), a leading UK food manufacturer supplying branded and private label products to major UK grocery retailers. Before moving into industry Alexander practiced as a Corporate Lawyer at Walker Morris, advising blue chip and FMCG companies on all aspects of corporate law. Alexander attended Queen’s University, Belfast and Trinity College Dublin before completing his legal training at the College of Law.
Alexander lives in York with his wife Paula and their two young children (Rory & Cora). Wider interests include running, trekking and lateral thinking.
Suzy was appointed on the Board of the IoD in December 2013. She is the Chairman of the Accreditation and Standards Committee of the IoD.
Suzy is a former Senior Civil Servant from the Cabinet Office and the Ministry of Defence with a Ph.D. gained from classified research in the Ministry of Defence. Suzy is a Chartered Director, Chartered Scientist and a Chartered Occupational Psychologist.
Suzy serves on various Boards and committees including many in Government, such as the State Honours Committee. She is currently a Board member for the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) which is the regulator and funder of the university sector and she sits on their Audit Committee. She is Deputy Chairman of the Board for the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) which is a London based think-tank. She is also on the RSA’s Audit Committee.
Suzy is on the board of Combat Stress which operates hospitals for war veterans with PTSD. She is also chairman of the Medical Services Committee for Combat Stress, and she is on the board of the global accountancy regulator ACCA. She is also on the disciplinary panel of the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office (JCIO).
Suzy has served as the Deputy Chairman of the body that regulates the internet against child sexual abuse (Internet Watch Foundation) and she was on the board of Birmingham Children’s Hospital. She was also a presenter producer and editor for LBC Radio, BBC Television and Sky News. Suzy is a mother of 6 children; the youngest was born in 2014.
John has extensive experience as an executive, non-executive and board advisor across different sectors including financial services, private equity, healthcare, aviation/transportation and membership organisations.
His current roles include CEO of Crosswind Developments Ltd, Operating Principal of Global Infrastructure Partners, Vice President and Council Member of Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce and Chair of Lothian and Borders Area Network Board of ICAS.
Stephen Martin - Director General
Originally from Northern Ireland, Stephen began his career as a quantity surveyor. Before joining the IoD in 2017 he worked for a series of construction and engineering firms, most recently as Chief Executive of the Clugston Group. He is a longstanding IoD member, and was highly commended twice in the Institute's own Director of the Year Awards. In 2009, Stephen took part in the first series of Channel 4’s Undercover Boss, which saw him going incognito in his own company to learn what employees really thought of the firm.
Stephen has said that he found IoD membership "invaluable" running a business in North Lincolnshire for ten years before becoming Director General and wants "to further strengthen the institute’s position in all regions and nations of the UK." He believes his mission at the IoD is make sure the Institute develops, supports and represents directors not just to ensure the success of the companies they lead, but to the benefit of the economy and country as a whole.
Jim Jordan - Finance Director
Jim was appointed to the Board in March 2017 and is the Finance Director at the IoD.
Jim is a highly commercial and operational Finance leader, with a proven track record of leading and managing superior financial performance. Jim is a qualified Chartered Accountant, with 20 year’s experience working across large scale international, multi-site businesses, including KPMG, American Express, Travelex and LGC Group. Jim has worked in the UK and US, as well as travelling extensively to Brazil on an M&A project.