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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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Kitty Ussher, Chief Economist

Kitty joined the Institute of Directors as Chief Economist in September 2021. She is a UK macroeconomist and public policy research professional, and was most recently Chief Economic Advisor at the cross-party think-tank Demos.

A former MP for Burnley, her government experience includes serving as Economic Secretary to the Treasury during the early phase of the financial crisis (2007-08) and also as a junior minister at the Department for Work and Pensions (2008-09). Previously she was a special adviser at the Department for Trade and Industry, and a local government councillor in Lambeth.

Since stepping back from active politics in 2010, she has devised and delivered public policy thought leadership research projects both through Demos and her own company Tooley Street Research.

From 2017-19 she undertook a sabbatical teaching maths in inner-city schools on the Now Teach scheme established by the FT journalist Lucy Kellaway.

She holds a degree in Politics and Economics (PPE) from Balliol College Oxford and an MSc in Economics from Birkbeck College London. In her early career she worked as a macroeconomic forecaster at the Economist Intelligence Unit.


Hugo Legh, Lead Media and Communications 

Hugo Legh, Lead Media and Communications

Hugo joined the Institute of Directors in April 2021 as the Media and Communications Lead.

Hugo was previously a public affairs director of a multinational PR and communications agency, predominantly advising businesses on engaging and influencing the policy agenda.

He holds a Master’s Degree in Politics from the University of Edinburgh.


Emma Rowland, Media and Policy Intern 

Emma Rowland, Junior Policy Advisor

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