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Board Members

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.


Non-Executive Directors

Lady Barbara Judge, IoD chairmanLady Barbara Judge CBE - Chairman

Once described as the ‘best-connected woman in Britain’, Lady Barbara Judge has had a long and very distinguished career in law and banking before becoming the IoD's first female chair.

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Ken OlisaKen Olisa - Deputy Chair 

Ken Olisa was appointed on the Board of the IoD in April 2013 and was elected for the role of Deputy Chairman of the IoD Board in July 2016.

Ken is Founder and Chairman of Restoration Partners, the boutique technology merchant bank. Ken’s technology career spans over 30 years commencing with IBM from whom he won a scholarship while at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge University. In 1992, after a twelve years as a senior executive at Wang Labs in the US and Europe, Ken founded Interregnum, the technology merchant bank. He was elected as a Fellow of the British Computer Society in 2006.

He has considerable public company Board-level experience on both sides of the Atlantic. He is currently a director of Thomson Reuters and is currently Non-executive Chairman of AIM-listed Outsourcery Plc. He is also on the board of The Institute of Directors as a Non-Executive Director.

Ken is a Freeman of the City of London; Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists; a Director of the Thomson Reuters Foundation; Chairman of Thames Reach (for which he received an OBE in 2010); Chairman of Shaw Trust, was an original member of IPSA (Independent Parliamentary Standard Authority) and Founder and Chairman of the Powerlist Foundation.

In 2009, he was named the Sunday Times Not for Profit Non-Executive Director of the year and is regularly voted in the Powerlist’s Top 10 most influential British black people. In 2015 Her Majesty the Queen, appointed him as her Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London.


Frank BryanFrank Bryan 

Frank Bryan was appointed on the Board of the IoD in April 2010. He is the Deputy Chairman of the Accreditation and Standards Committee of the IoD.

Frank Bryan FIoD CEng MIET AMAC is a senior executive coach and a Fellow of the Institute of Directors. His current business leadership roles include: non-executive Director of QUBIS Ltd, a Queen’s University spin-out vehicle for research and innovation, which included stepping into the Acting Chief Executive role for over two years and currently Chairs the associated TechStart NI Investment Advisory Board; is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the N.I Science Park, having previously served on the NISP Connect Leadership Board and VC Committee.

He is a non-executive Director of the Institute of Directors (UK) and led on its constitution and governance reform programme. He is also a non-executive Director of Northern Ireland Hospice (Trading) Ltd. As a chartered electrical engineer, Mr Bryan has been Managing Director of his own company providing engineering services since 1993, following 9 years with ICI / AstraZeneca.

Mr Bryan is Chairman of Belfast Metropolitan College, having previously served as Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee and led on IT and Stakeholder Engagement strategies. In addition to which he Chairs the Audit & Risk Committee for the Police Ombudsman’s Office for Northern Ireland and the Belfast Met Charitable Trust.

Over many years, Mr Bryan has served as a representative of the business community in Northern Ireland including Chairman of the Institute of Directors for Northern Ireland, their Northern Ireland Board. Previously Frank served on the Northern Ireland Economic Development Forum and MATRIX, Northern Ireland’s Science & Industry Panel.


Damon ClarkeDamon Clark

Damon was appointed on the Board of the IoD in July 2009. He is a Chartered Director.

Damon is a shareholder and Managing Director of the Brandwidth Marketing Group and a Chartered Marketer. As a local Councillor, Damon manages the environment and licensing, and he also holds a number of other non-executive directorships.


Arnold WagnerArnold Wagner

Arnold joined the Board of the IoD in February 2016 and is the Chairman of the Remuneration Committee of the IoD.

Arnold Wagner OBE was appointed Chairman of the PPF in July 2016. He is a former Director of Human Resources at Smiths Group PLC. He has also served as a Non-Executive Director at the UK Atomic Energy Authority, where he chaired the Remuneration Committee; and in the private sector.

Arnold has had extensive involvement in pensions throughout his career. He was appointed a Non-Executive Director of the PPF in 2011 and served as Senior Independent Director and Chair of the Remuneration Committee prior to his appointment as Chairman.

Arnold has also been active in voluntary and charitable work in the social care and education sectors, and he was awarded an OBE in 2002 for his services to education.


Chris WaltonChris Walton

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 December 2015. Chris has previously been the Finance Director and CFO for EasyJet, and now holds a number of non-executive directorships.

Chris is Chairman of Goldenport Holdings, a listed shipping company, an Audit and Risk Committee member for the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, and Chair of the Strategy Committee of the Kazakhstan State oil & gas company, NC Kazmunaygas.

In the past, he has been Chairman of Lothian Buses, Chairman of Asia Resource Minerals Plc, Senior Independent Director and Audit Chair of Rockhopper Exploration Plc and Audit Chair of the Kazakhstan State Railway (KTZ).  He has also been a member of the Bank of England's Economic advisory Panel (SE England & Anglia).


Erica InghamErica Ingham

Erica Ingham was appointed to the Board in July 2013. Erica is currently studying for the Chartered Director qualification.

Erica is a qualified accountant and has over ten years Finance Director experience in technology companies, much of this on an international basis. She is a non-executive Board member and Audit Committee member of Creative England.


Suzy WaltonSuzy Walton

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. 


Executive Directors

Simon WalkerSimon Walker - Director General

As the public face of the IoD and the most senior representative of the membership, Simon debates regularly in the media and engages with senior figures from across government, politics and Whitehall.

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Steve BurtonSteve Burton - Finance Director

Steve Burton sits on the Board of the IoD as an Executive Director. He is a Finance Director at the IoD and also sits on the Audit and Risk Committee and the Executive Committee.

He is a professionally qualified and vastly experienced CFO/COO and Non-Executive Director
who has been the Finance Director of a HNW Family Office and a Director of a number of SME companies.

He has proven ability in the set up and running of entities and Finance Functions, providing wider business strategic advice and participating in EXCO, REMCO and Audit Committees for firms including large investment banks, hedge funds, listed companies and SMEs