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The IoD's Governance and Policy Unit oversees the development of the organisation's advocacy work on a full range of issues affecting business from trade to taxation, enterprise to education. 

Here you will find the profiles of the key individuals in the governance and policy unit. We are always keen to hear the views and experiences of IoD members, so please get in touch with us. 


Roger Barker IoD expert

Dr Roger Barker, Director of Policy and Corporate Governance

Dr. Roger Barker is Director of Policy and Corporate Governance at the Institute of Directors (since September 2020) and a member of the IoD Management Team. He is also Honorary Associate at the Centre for Ethics and Law at University College London, and a regular speaker on corporate governance issues at a variety of leading universities and business schools.

Previously, Dr. Barker was Managing Director of Governomics Ltd, a corporate governance advisory firm. And during an earlier stint at the IoD, he served as Director of Corporate Governance and Professional Standards (2008-2016).

Dr. Barker is the author of numerous books and articles on corporate governance and board effectiveness, including a new co-edited volume: ‘The Law and Governance of Decentralised Business Models: Between Hierarchies and Markets’ (Routledge, 2020). Previous books include: ‘Corporate Governance and Investment Management: The Promises and Limitations of the New Financial Economy’ (Edward Elgar, 2017), ‘The Effective Board: Building Individual and Board Success’ (Kogan Page, 2010), and ‘Corporate Governance, Competition, and Political Parties: Explaining Corporate Governance Change in Europe’ (Oxford University Press, 2010).

A former investment banker, Dr. Barker spent almost 15 years in a variety of equity research and senior management roles at UBS and Bank Vontobel, both in the UK and Switzerland. He has a doctorate from Oxford University and taught Politics at Merton College, Oxford (2005-2008). Until January 2020, he served as a UK Member of the European Economic and Social Committee in Brussels.


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Joe Fitzsimons, Senior Policy Advisor

Joe joined the IoD in September 2015 as a graduate executive at IoD Student, before proceeding to lead the department. In this role, he oversaw the Institute's university partnerships and student engagement across the UK. He supported over 20 educational institutions to improve their student engagement and development through training, events and mentorship.

Joe joined the Policy Unit in December 2019 as the Head of Education and Skills policy, before becoming a Senior Policy Advisor in October 2020. In addition to Education and Skills and Future of the Workforce, Joe leads the IoD’s Sustainability and Diversity and Inclusion policy work.

He is passionate about supporting organisations and their leaders to improve on sustainability and diversity and inclusion. In his role he seeks to promote higher standards in education, and a skill system that genuinely prepares people to meet the needs of the business community.

Joe holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Studies from London South Bank University and an Executive MBA from Nottingham Trent University. He also sits on the curriculum advisory board for the school of Business and Enterprise at London South Bank University.


Tej Parikh IoD expert 

Tej Parikh, Chief Economist

Tej holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from University College London, and a Master’s degree in International and Development Economics from Yale University.

Prior to joining the IoD, he worked as an economic analyst at the Bank of England in roles across monetary and financial policy. Subsequently, he moved to Cambodia where he was a journalist focusing on economic and private sector development for a national newspaper. He has since been a freelance political risk consultant and journalist, covering Europe and Asia in particular.

He has published for numerous international media outlets including Foreign Affairs, the Guardian, and The Diplomat, and is currently an active member of London’s Great Debaters Club.



Amin Aboushagor 

Amin Aboushagor, Policy Advisor, Corporate Governance

Amin joined the IoD in March 2021 to lead on corporate governance, innovation, science, and technology policy. Previously, he served as a Policy Associate in the Corporate Governance and Stewardship team at the Financial Reporting Council focusing on corporate governance.

Amin began his career in local government working in homelessness, project management, and transformation. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Astrophysics and Politics from Keele University.


Emma Rowland, Media and Policy Intern 

Emma Rowland, Media and Policy Intern

Emma joined the IoD in March 2021 to support the Press Office and Policy Team.

She graduated from Cardiff University in 2020 with a Bachelor’s Degree in History. She particularly focused on modern political and economic history, and wrote her dissertation on the relationship between China and Hong Kong