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Executive Committee

The executive committee reports to the board and is responsible for the ongoing management of the IoD and the day-to-day operational matters for running the business. It also reviews performance of the institute and its Ambition programme.


Executive Committee


Stephen Martin

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 the economy and country as a whole.


Jim Jordan

Jim Jordan - Finance Director

Jim 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 years’ 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.



Alan Fitzwater

Alan Fitzwater - Director of Regional Engagement

Alan was appointed to the Executive Committee in September 2017 and is the Director of Regional Engagement, supporting and championing our regions, nations & branch volunteer & staffed communities across the UK and internationally, in addition to supporting our Student member offering. As of May 2018 he became lead for IoD Events, working with teams across the UK to deliver inspiring, innovative events for members.

Alan has had a diverse business career, spanning a number of years working in senior roles in Corporate Finance with Lloyds, BHPF and Hitachi Credit, and in Senor Sales, Marketing & Engagement roles with EMI, HMV Media Group and as consultant to a number of owner-managed SME’s across a variety of sectors, having started his career as a freelance commercial Film-maker, and writer in the US, UK and Europe.

Alan has worked with businesses across the UK and internationally, and has acted as Conference & Content Director/Producer (as well as being a qualified Film Director and Producer) working with many International music and film artists.

Alan has a passion for business as a force for good, and believes the IoD has a role to play in supporting SME’s to champion great leadership, good governance and ultimately making a positive contribution to the community they live and work in.


Louise Gulliver

Louise Gulliver - Managing Director Professional Development and Membership

As Managing Director for Membership and Professional Development at the IoD, Louise is responsible for the IoD’s board-level training programmes with courses ranging from leadership and governance, to strategy and finance.

Louise oversees the IoD’s renowned Chartered Director qualification, has led the development of the Director Competency Framework and the IoD Academy which was opened in 2017 under her leadership - a dedicated director-training facility in Central London, and now in Northern Ireland, to help improve board performance. In 2018 Louise and her team expanded the Academy brand to include a digital offering which provides all IoD members with access to high quality professional development on the go.

Louise is a Chartered Marketer with over 20 years’ experience in sales, marketing and business management in the UK and internationally. She was previously Managing Director of TACK International Ltd, delivering training solutions for clients globally. Much of Louise’s experience has been in the learning, development and consultancy sectors.


Edwin Morgan

Edwin Morgan - Director of Policy

Edwin leads a team of policy experts seeking to represent the interests of IoD members to the Government and to foster "a climate favourable to entrepreneurial activity and wealth creation", which are core objectives of the Institutes' Royal Charter. The Policy team have a particular focus on promoting high standards of corporate governance among UK companies, which the IoD believes is central to a well-functioning economy.

Edwin is also responsible for the Information and Advisory Service, which provides practical guidance and support to IoD members to help them ensure the success of their organisations. Edwin joined the IoD in 2010, having previously worked as a civil servant at the Office of Fair Trading and the Department for Transport. He studied English at Bristol University, and holds a Masters in Creative Writing from Goldsmiths, University of London.


Vicky Taylor

Vicky Taylor - Head of HR

Vicky is a Chartered CIPD member with over 20 years generalist HR experience. As HR Director for the IoD, she is responsible for all people aspects of the IoD’s business. Commercially focused and an excellent communicator, she is a key influencer and strategic business partner to the Executive leadership team and has successfully led a number of cross-disciplinary teams. Particular expertise includes employee relations, employee engagement, HR Operations, talent management (resourcing and succession planning), change management, transformation and cultural change and organisational design and development.

Prior to joining the IoD, she worked in HR for several large multi-site organisations including Churchill, Computacenter and Network Rail.