These Groups help us tap into the expertise of IoD members on the key issues for UK directors, providing us insight from those who have substantial front-line experience.
Current membership of the Groups can be found below.
Samantha specialises in Board development, governance and the narrative reporting landscape, with emphasis on integrated thinking and reporting. She started her career in a large international bank, transitioned to a role in Treasury for a large multinational engineering business, before several years working at the London Stock Exchange. This has been followed by an extensive freelance consulting and training career, working alongside boards and senior management teams at many high-profile organisations.
The focus of Samantha's work has been on developing and articulating the value proposition of organisations to their various stakeholders. Consulting assignments have included investor outreach programmes, perception studies, board evaluations, annual report development, key message development, best practice benchmarking and board impact training. She has led the development of internationally award-winning annual reports and governance practices. Her work has also involved her working alongside organisations involved in the FRC’s Financial Reporting Lab’s Business Model initiative.
Samantha is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. She also has an Executive MBA from Manchester Business School (Guardian Scholarship recipient) and is a member of the Institute of Directors.
Tom Boardman Weston
Tom has garnered exposure to many different aspects of Corporate Governance throughout his career in academia, large-scale corporates, SMEs, start-ups, public & third-sector and family business settings.
Tom has experience in a variety of governance situations: working on large-scale regulatory projects in the Banking Industry in the wake of the Financial Crisis, providing advice on governance & administration to start-ups and as a director in a boutique M&A firm. He is the MD of a family-owned commercial property investment business. Tom has also sat on numerous non-commercial boards including charities, not-for-profit companies and public-sector bodies.
Tom holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Law from the University of Durham, has completed the Mergers & Acquisitions programme at the London Business School and is currently undertaking a post-graduate Diploma in Organisational Leadership at the Saïd Business School, Oxford University.
Ian is a Consultant, Non-Executive Director and mentor with particular expertise in business change, corporate governance, risk management, finance and regulatory matters. He is a qualified Chartered Director and Chartered Accountant.
After senior management roles at PwC, Ian was Group Head of Internal Audit at Aviva before moving on to Executive Director roles at several companies, including MS Amlin.
For the last ten years he has worked as an interim manager and consultant to help many companies from start-ups to plc's (including some of the largest organisations in the world) to restructure and develop their risk management, regulatory compliance and corporate governance.
John Scott is Head of Sustainability Risk for the Zurich Insurance Group. He joined Zurich in 2001 becoming Head of Risk Insight in 2007 and was Chief Risk Officer for Zurich’s Global Corporate and Commercial Insurance businesses from 2009 to 2017. He took on his current role in 2018. John leads the Group’s engagement on sustainability risk, both internally and externally as the way Zurich delivers its purpose and values.
For the last ten years, in his roles as CRO for Commercial Insurance and as Head of Sustainability Risk, John has increasingly focused on global risks, in particular climate change risk. He is on the Advisory Board to the World Economic Forum Global Risks Report and has contributed to every WEF Global Risk Report since 2005. He is also a member of the WEF Global Future Council on Frontier Risks and, in the UK, the Institute of Directors Sustainable Business Advisory Board.
Dr Geoff Mackey
Geoff was brought up on a small family farm in South Armagh, N. Ireland, he read biology in Liverpool and followed it with a range of post graduate qualifications in Health & Safety and management including a sleepless MBA. His doctorate concerned the strategic business value of social networks.
Geoff is a Director of BASF plc, responsible for a service portfolio in UK & Ireland and BASF’s Sustainability network in Europe. A Fellow of IOD, RSC and IEMA, he has been within the BASF group for almost 20 years and advises a wide range of strategic and tactical groups inside and outside BASF covering private, public and third sector organizations in arenas including science, environment and further education.
Matthew Vickers joined Ombudsman Services, which operates the Energy Ombudsman scheme, in 2015 and became chief executive in late 2018.
His leadership role involves developing and implementing long-term strategy and maintaining positive relationships with regulators, government departments, politicians, consumer advocacy groups and other key external stakeholders. He is passionate about the role of an ombudsman in delivering better outcomes for consumers and businesses alike.
Prior to joining Ombudsman Services in 2015, Matthew was chief executive at the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission (SLCC), a non-departmental public body based in Edinburgh. A fluent Spanish speaker, he spent four years with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as British Consul, initially in the Canary Islands and then in Madrid. Before entering public service, Matthew’s background was in retail and FMCG. Matthew lives in Wirral, Merseyside. Outside work he enjoys spending time with his wife and two children.
Lord Leigh of Hurley
Howard graduated in Economics from Southampton University and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte Haskins & Sells. He transferred to their corporate tax department where he qualified with the Chartered Institute of Taxation.
In early 1986 Howard established Deloitte’s Mergers and Acquisitions Group and developed an expertise in company sales. In May 1988 he left to set up Cavendish Corporate Finance LLP and is currently the Senior Partner.
In 2000 Howard was appointed as the Chairman of the Faculty of Corporate Finance of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). In 2008 he was awarded the Faculty’s Outstanding Achievement in Corporate Finance award. He served on the Council of the ICAEW and also as an Alternate to the President to the ICAEW on the Takeover Panel. In December 2018, Cavendish merged with finnCap and the new group – finnCap Group plc – was listed on the London AIM market.
In September 2013 Howard was elevated to the Peerage as Lord Leigh of Hurley and speaks regularly in the Lords on business, finance, and taxation.
Paula trained in the City with BDO, joining KPMG in Sussex as a Tax Manager for five years leaving to become an inhouse Tax Manager and Company Secretary at a £4bn turnover client corporate group owned by employees, including a year spent orchestrating a large MBO, later becoming Group Finance Director.
After 11 years of this commercial experience, set up a home based accounting practice, On The Spot Accountants, for SME growing businesses with a focus on timely tax and business advice alongside meeting compliance needs, which is franchised to other experienced commercial Chartered accountants. There are currently 17 of us based in London, the South and Yorkshire, with growth planned across the UK.
Aileen’s executive career spans semiconductor and software engineering in both operations and strategy roles, with a particular interest in fund-raising and M&A. Most recently she held the joint role of Chief Strategy and Chief Operating Officer at UltraSoC, a Cambridge-based VC-backed company which was acquired by Siemens. She also serves as the Chair of the IoD Hants branch.
Aileen holds an MBA, an M.Sc. in Computer Science, and a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical & Micro-electronic Engineering and is actively pursuing the IoD Chartered Director qualification.
Dermot is a tax consultant and VAT specialist with 40 years’ experience, and initially spent 10 years working in VAT with the Revenue Commissioners in Ireland. I moved to the private sector, working in a number of firms and my roles included heading the Indirect Tax practice in KPMG in Ireland, before becoming a VAT partner in BDO.
Dermot established Dermot O’Brien & Associates in 2004, the first independent tax consultancy in Ireland, specialising in Irish, EU and UK VAT and became a Council Member of the Irish Taxation Institute (ITI), culminating in being President (2006-2007).
He has written, and co-written, books on VAT which have been published by the Irish Taxation Institute and Chartered Accountants Ireland, and also acted as an expert adviser to the IMF on tax issues, while also conducting missions in a number of rarely-visited Central European and Southern African states.
Richard Johnston is an Economist with 20 years of experience of working in the public, private and academic sectors across the UK and collaborating with partners in Ireland. He regularly provides data-driven research and policy advice to Ministers and Officials, to enterprise support organisations and directly to businesses.
Richard's areas of specialism include COVID-19 and Brexit impacts, Competitiveness, Digitisation, Economic Development, Taxation and economic impact measurement. Richard is a regular commentator on economic issues, writing for a number of business magazines, speaking at conferences and more so now, delivering webinars. Richard currently serves on the Board of Warrenpoint Harbour Authority and Inspire Enterprise Centre.
Hatice started her professional career at a VC in project management and moved to Google in 2006 first in Dublin (Ireland), and then in 2010 in London (UK). She’s performed as an executive in charge of multiple partnerships teams covering various regions in EMEA and closed and managed dozens of multi-million USD partnerships deals at Google on various products and platforms over 13 years in countries such as the UK, Czech Republic, Russia, the Middle East and others.
Hatice is co-founder of Navivest, a consulting company in London which architects business model upgrades for enterprises with the help of innovation partners such as tech startups. She believes that the real magic happens when the right enterprises, investors and startups come together with the right framework.
Winner of the IoD Director of the Year Awards 2020 for Social Value and Sustainability Impact, a dynamic entrepreneur, Managing Director and Non-Executive Director. Combines entrepreneurial, strategic and operational experience in various sectors with a strong understanding of governance in regulated sectors.
A health and wellbeing ambassador with multi-sector experience in executive leadership and consultancy across mental health, social care, retail and management. Creates, drives and delivers business start-up, development and growth strategies to achieve double-digit revenue growth and healthy organisational cultures within highly competitive, regulated sectors. Collaborates with multiple NHS Trusts, Local Authorities and communities to establish, develop and transform adult community mental health and social care in the South East of England.
Graham is a serial entrepreneur who started his first business at the age of 11 as a mobile DJ and has a breadth of experience.
His career ventures in Facilities/Property Management, Distribution and Business Consulting have involved commissions with the biggest and best names throughout a wide range of industries. BP, British Gas, BT, Shell, News Corporation, Mars, GE, BSkyB, American Airlines, BUPA, Pearson, Whitbread and London Underground are amongst those he has worked with.
He became one of the earliest Chartered Directors in the UK. following a period of study in which he completed an MA in Company Direction through the IoD. Alongside his business interests, he has also managed 5 Football League Clubs, winning 3 promotions and Finals at both Wembley and Old Trafford
Future of the Workforce
Professor Ed Sallis OBE
Ed is an economist by training and have spent much of his career as a lecturer, author, researcher and senior manager in further and higher education working in colleges in West London, Hackney, Somerset, Surrey, Bristol and the Channel Islands.
Ed’s area of expertise is in skills development and policy and he has been involved in the development of the government’s new flagship T level qualifications. He chaired the Department for Education’s Technical Educational Panel which designed the content for Childcare and Education T level and is now a member of the Education and Training Foundation’s T Level External Assurance Group which advises on their professional development programme for staff delivering T levels. Prior to his involvement in T levels Professor Ed chaired the Review of Functional Skills qualifications for the Education and Training Foundation which had been commissioned by the then Skills Minister.
He is a Fellow of the IoD and has a long association with Plymouth University who awarded Professor Ed an Honorary Doctorate in Education. The City of Guilds of London Institute has awarded Professor Ed their Fellowship and in 2010 and he was appointed OBE for his services to Education.
Greg has worked for over 30 years in workplace health, safety and environmental compliance management covering aspects including Legionella, H&S, fire, asbestos, building environment quality, energy, waste and sustainability.
A degree-qualified microbiologist and registered expert witness, he joined Assurity Consulting in 1989. Greg is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health, Specialist Member of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM) and London Branch committee member, and Chair of the IWFM Sustainability Special Interest Group.
Greg is a regular blogger and contributor to industry press, with over 200 articles published on environmental management/sustainability, health and safety and risk. He chaired the CIBSE committee that revised TM13, was the author of the original BIFM good practise guide to risk management and has been survey lead for the IWFM sustainability in FM survey for the last 7 years.
David brings over 30 years’ experience of developing Leaders and Management Teams the group. His strategic approach to Leadership, Management and Team Development, and his pragmatic approach to HR issues, earned him recognition as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development in 2002. He has been a member of the IoD since 2000.
He has a very robust operational background that was forged in the intense furnace of 5 Star Hotel and Michelin starred Kitchens during his first career as a chef. As someone who made a significant career change he is very interested in transferable skills and the future of work.
He is one of the founding directors of Talent4Performance, a specialist strategic organisational development practice. As a recently qualified Practitioner in Brain and Behaviour Change, David facilitates deeper understanding of the personal needs and motivations of board directors.
Darren grew up in Yorkshire and was the first of his family to go to university (Loughborough), where he studied Physics. Despite finishing with a first-class degree in Physics, he opted to become a Chartered Accountant, and over 30 years ago moved to London to start his career with PwC.
Since then Darren has worked in several senior finance roles in different sectors including one of the biggest recruitment businesses in the UK and has had the privilege of working with many people around the world and getting to know and understand different cultures. He has significant experience in many areas of finance and operations and in September 2016 Darren joined the International Schools Partnership (ISP) as Chief Financial Officer. ISP employs 7,000 people and is now one of the leading schools businesses globally and in his role he has responsibility for Finance, Legal, IT and People Operations and Talent matters.
Dr Paul Marshall
Dr Paul Marshall FRSA, FIoD has over twenty-five years’ experience in transformational leadership, strategic policy development and implementation at the highest levels in the higher education sector in the UK and internationally.
Paul took up his appointment as Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Careers & Enterprise) at the University of East London in May 2019. He champions, develops and leads the delivery of the University’s employer engagement, enterprise, graduate employment, academic partnership and international strategic objectives. Paul was previously Group Business Development Director at the University Partnerships Programme (UPP) the UK’s leading provider of campus student accommodation. In 2016 Paul established UPP’s high profile corporate charity, the UPP Foundation, with the purpose of fostering and funding thought leadership and innovative research in higher education.
As Chief Executive of the Association of Business Schools he delivered a complete organisational turnaround. This included engaging the support of the Prime Minister’s Advisor on Enterprise, Lord Young of Graffham, to establish the Small Business Charter which brought together world class business schools and start-up communities across the UK. As the first Executive Director of the 1994 Group of Universities Paul led a successful campaign to lobby to reform higher education funding to establish a new market focused approach which placed the student at the heart of the system. Paul a member of the Board of the National Academy for Educational Leadership, Wales, Universities UK International Transnational Education Advisory Board and the Strategic Advisory Board of the Loughborough School of Business and Economics.
Anke Docherty is the owner of Anke Docherty Ltd, a coaching company that focuses on providing happiness and fulfilment to corporate executives.
Anke is a Certified Life & Career Coach and holds a Master's Degree in Human Resources. She has more than 14 years international HR experience across multiple continents, countries, companies and industries and is also the host of her own podcast "Feeling Success".
Working across cultures and with over 30 different nationalities has given Anke a great insight into human behaviour and needs.
Over the past six years, Anke has realised herself while dealing with multiple mental and physical illnesses in the family that happiness is something that does not wait for us, but rather can be created at any time, regardless of the circumstances.
Happiness will never be something that comes when we achieve a certain thing or when life goes a certain way. Unfortunately, this is not something we learn at school, in our further education or at home, yet it is so crucial in today's world that is experiencing a steep rise in mental health challenges.
For this reason, Anke has decided to teach these skills to corporate executives, so they can finally feel the success they already portray on the outside, regardless of what is happening in their life.
Before becoming Dean of The Business School at Edinburgh Napier University in 2018, Gail spent the majority of her career working with a diverse mix of organisations; from large global corporations and national public sector bodies, to small, innovative start-up companies. Through a variety of leadership roles in commercial management, business development, strategic contract delivery and business transformation, she gained a wealth of industry insight and experience to draw on, and now leads the Business School towards achieving its ambitions for success.
As Director for BT Scotland until January 2018, Gail was responsible for the direction, engagement and strategic management of BT's activity across their client base, leveraging the brand opportunity and investment at regional level. She was also a member of the BT Scotland Board.
Today, as Dean of a Business School that has built its reputation on programmes that are closely connected to industry and graduates that are highly employable, Gail believes it is the external engagement that sets us apart. Ensuring our students receive not only, the knowledge required but the skills; the soft skills, confidence, self-awareness and networks, to be successful, renowned leaders in their field, ultimately filling the skills gap to drive productivity and economic growth in Scotland.
Gail studied at the University of Stirling, Scotland and Texas A&M University, USA. She is an ‘Associate Fellow of The Higher Education Academy’ and has a number of Board memberships and Trustee positions.
Tech, Science and Innovation
Yinka is the founder and a managing partner at Siep Global Consulting Ltd, a professional consulting company that provides Strategy and Technology advisory services and design solutions within the infrastructure industry. Yinka’s professional engagements has mostly been within the infrastructure industry - developing technology, asset management and investment strategy for sustainable infrastructure systems.
Yinka has experience delivering complex projects in the energy sector. Further to delivering strategic highways ITS projects working in a global engineering consulting company, Yinka was a project sponsor for investments in railways electrification & plant assets and recently engaged with National Grid Ventures as an asset policy & strategy engineer for the High Voltage Direct Current(HVDC) Interconnector systems portfolio.
He holds a B.Eng(Hons) degree in Electrical & Electronic engineering from the University of Plymouth and a master of Science (MSc) degree in Electronic Engineering from Staffordshire University. Yinka is a member of the Institute of Directors (MIoD) and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (MIET).
After completing a Chemistry degree, Steve first joined Johnson Matthey, working in R&D, before moving into Production, Operations and then Technical Sales. He spent 2 years in Milan as MD of an Italian manufacturing business, before returning to the UK, taking on several operational, commercial, and business leadership roles within industrial SMEs, involved in the commercialisation of science, innovation, and technical products.
In 2003, Steve moved into Executive Search, founding TransitionPlus Ltd the following year to specialise in the senior level recruitment of key individuals across science, innovation, and technical based organisations. After completing the IoD Diploma in Company Direction and becoming a Fellow of the IoD, he established a science & innovation network across the IoDNW region before, in 2016, founding the inaugural “Business of Science Conference (BoSC)” to actively promote the ‘commercialisation of science’, policy development, sustainability and to encourage commercial growth which delivers both economic and social benefit.
Steve has recently been appointed to the University of Leeds NEXUS Innovation Hub as a Mentor within the unique MiT created programme to encourage the scale-up of innovative businesses.