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.
Jonathan Geldart - Director General
Jonathan was appointed Director General of the Institute of Directors in October 2019. Prior to this Jonathan spent 30 years working in the professional services sector, most recently at Grant Thornton International Ltd responsible for the organisation’s interest in China and previously as a global board member responsible for the brand.
Jonathan has a long-standing connection with the IoD, as Chair of IoD Yorkshire and North East region prior to his appointment as Director General. He is the author of three books on China and in addition to being a Fellow of the IoD he is also a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
He studied Geography and Archaeology at St. Andrews University specialising in underwater archaeology. Outside of work, his interests include hill walking and fell running. He was the navigator in a rally team for 20 years and following two years of training in extreme environments walked to the North Pole in 2016. He has completed other expeditions in Norway, the Canadian Arctic and the Everest region.
Anna Daroy - COO
A senior Executive Director and Board Member, Anna has worked in both private and public sectors for 30 years successfully leading organisations through complex change and turnaround across multi-cultural and political environments.
An active member of the IOD for over 15 years, Anna brings an established track record during her career as Partner Ernst Young, MD at IBM EMEA, and Vice President Mercer. Her successes include extensively growing operations across USA and Europe, Middle East and Africa and leading international business operations with revenues of up to £13bn.
Anna has been a key advisor and Executive to Central Government in Transportation, Homeland Infrastructure Security and has been at the forefront in the shaping of the UK Telecommunications and Consumer Energy industries.
As a key international influencer, Anna has worked with senior world leaders and is a NED for private and public boards. More recently, Anna has been COO for the States of Jersey and prior to that Executive Director Strategy Highways England, COO of the Office of Fair Trading and Board Advisor in a €4bn tech IPO Euronext merger.
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.
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 SMEs 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.
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.
Vicky Taylor - HR Director
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.