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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

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 2015. He has previously been the Finance Director and CFO for easyJet Plc, and now holds a number of non-executive directorships.

Mr Walton 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, Mr Walton 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, Mr Walton successfully directed its IPO. He has held senior finance and commercial posts at Qantas, Air New Zealand, Australia Post and Australian Airlines. Mr Walton has also worked for BP Australia, in the Australian Senate and for Hamersley Iron. Mr Walton 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.

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.

Erica InghamJohn Watson

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.

Kirsty Lloyd-JukesKirsty Lloyd-Jukes

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.

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

Stephen MartinStephen Martin - Director General

Originally from Northern Ireland, Martin has been recognised personally with several construction industry awards, and has been highly commended twice in the IoD’s own Director of the Year Awards. In 2009, Martin also 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.

“I am very excited to be taking on this new challenge at the IoD, working together with Lady Judge to make sure we are the organisation of choice for all company directors. I have found the support IoD membership provides invaluable in my role running a business based in North Lincolnshire, and want to further strengthen the institute’s position in all regions and nations of the UK. The IoD’s mission to provide excellent professional development for directors is hugely important to ensuring British companies are well-run, and I look forward to continuing innovation in director training.”

Stephen is a long-standing IoD Fellow who has played an active part in the business community in Yorkshire and the Humber.

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Jim Jordan, Finance Director, IoD

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.