Talita Ferreira, CDir, chief executive officer, Authentic Change Solutions
Talita Ferreira is a published author, thought leader and change maker. She is an experienced Chief Financial Officer and Executive Board Director for Human Resources (with BMW UK Ltd and BMW Financial Services), who left corporate life to start an authenticity revolution. She is passionate about personal growth, authentic change and creating business environments through transformational change; which allow managers to be authentic, inspirational leaders.
Tracy Gordon, director of corporate governance, Deloitte LLP
Tracy is one of the leaders of the Deloitte UK Centre for Corporate Governance and she specialises in corporate governance matters. She regularly presents to clients on the latest governance and corporate reporting developments. She is also a regular presenter at the Deloitte Academy and as part of our Next Generation CFO Programme plus one-to-one with client boards and audit committees. She is a member of the following governance committees: The CBI Companies Committee, The Institute of Directors’ Governance Policy Group, The Quoted Companies’ Alliance Governance Expert Group. Tracy is the author of our series of governance publications 'Governance in brief' and 'Governance in focus' and has responsibility for maintaining the UK firm’s corporate governance website and the UK section of the Deloitte Global Centre for Corporate Governance.
Jessica Ground, head of stewardship, Schroders Investments
Team head responsible for firm wide ESG strategy and implementation; Responsible for global corporate governance; Oversight of ESG integration into investment processes and products across geographies and asset classes; Senior fund manager with over 19 years’ investment experience; Board Member of the Investor Forum; Associate of the CFA Society of the UK; Degree in History, Bristol University; Joined Schroders in 1997 as a Graduate Trainee.
Ken Olisa, OBE, deputy chairman, IoD
Ken is Founder and Chairman of Restoration Partners, the boutique technology merchant bank and architects of the Virtual Technology Cluster model. Ken’s technology career spans over 30 years commencing with IBM from whom he won a scholarship while at Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge. In 1992, after 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 is currently a director of Thomson Reuters and Deputy Chairman of The Institute of Directors. Ken is a past Sunday Times Not for Profit Non-Executive Director of the year, and was named Number 1 in the 2016 Powerlist’s most influential British black person. In 2013 Ken and his wife, Julia, endowed the Olisa Library at his alma mater Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. In 2015, Her Majesty the Queen appointed Ken as Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for Greater London.
Oliver Parry, head of corporate governance, IoD
Oliver leads on UK, european and international corporate governance policy. He also serves as secretary to the IoD’s “Good Governance Initiative” and manages our relationships with financial and market regulators. He joined the IoD in June 2014. A former communications director at the Financial Reporting Council (2011 – 2013), he has worked for Redleaf Polhill, a leading investor relations and advisory firm in the City of London, and for Cicero Consulting, where we advised a range of blue chip FTSE 100 companies on their corporate affairs. Oliver began his career working for Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin MP in his parliamentary office and between 2007 and 2008 worked for Conservative Party Central Office. He read History at Newcastle University.
Elizabeth Richards, head of corporate governance, ICAEW
Elizabeth originally qualified as a solicitor. For the last 20 years she has specialised in professional ethics and business policy with reference to multiple sectors, on behalf of the Law Society, Gambling Commission, OECD and Foreign & Commonwealth Office. Elizabeth worked on the implementation of the recommendations made by the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards for the Financial Conduct Authority. She is now Head of Corporate Governance for the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and leads on all public policy and thought leadership work related to corporate governance for the Institute, ranging from executive pay, to the corporate governance code and directors’ duties. Elizabeth assisted the select committee which looked corporate governance by analysing the written evidence submitted to the inquiry. In spare time Elizabeth volunteers with the United Nations Association.
Allie Renison, head of Europe and trade policy, IoD
Devising recommendations and representing the voice of members on EU reform matters and helping to provide the link between business and Government on increasing international trade. She also routinely provides advocacy for the IoD on a range of regulatory issues in Brussels. She was previously Research Director at Business for Britain, the campaign focused on renegotiating the UK's relationship with the EU. Prior to that, she advised a number of parliamentarians in both Houses on EU legislative issues, with a particular focus on trade and employment policy areas. Allie holds a Master's Degree in the political economy of emerging economies in the post-Soviet space.
Andy Silvester, head of campaigns, IoD
Andy Silvester joined the Institute of Directors in September 2015 as the Head of Campaigns. His role covers public affairs, regulation, and the IoD's ongoing campaigns across the media and within government. In his last role before the IoD he was Campaign Director at the TaxPayers' Alliance where he appeared regularly in the print media and on national television on subjects including business and personal taxation and the future of the public sector. Andy read American Studies at King's College, London and the University of California, Berkeley, achieving a Master's in 2011. He has been recognised in PR Week's 2015 Power Book and chosen as one of the magazine's 30 under 30 group of the profession's rising stars.
James Sproule, chief economist and director of policy, IoD
James Sproule has been Chief Economist and Director of Policy for the Institute of Directors since January 2014. Prior to joining the IoD James lead Accenture’s UK Research and global Capital Markets Research where he focused on Thought Leadership. He started his financial career as a merchant bank economist working with both Bankers Trust, Deutsche Bank and Dresdner Kleinwort, and eventually helped to found the boutique bank Augusta and Company. Before embarking on a career in economics, James was a signals officer in the Royal Navy. James Sproule stood for Parliament at the 2005 general election and was for seven years a visiting fellow in the Department of Management Economics at the London School of Economics. He has lectured and written on a broad range of subjects and sits on several charity boards.
Stephen Martin, director general, IoD
Louise Gulliver, manging director of professional development, IoD