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Roger Barker

Every course leader brings a unique wealth of insights from within the boardroom and wider business community to the programmes they deliver; the IoD gives you exclusive access to their expertise.

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Business experience

Dr. Roger Barker is an experienced educator and business advisor specialising in corporate governance and board effectiveness, with over 20 years experience as a board member, senior executive and academic researcher in both the business and academic worlds. Prior to becoming an IoD Course Leader, Roger spent almost a decade as the IoD’s Director of Corporate Governance and Professional Standards. Earlier in his career, Roger spent almost 15 years in senior executive and director roles in the investment banking sector, working with UBS and Bank Vontobel in London and Switzerland. Nowadays, Roger works with a variety of organisations both as an adviser and board member. He is Senior Advisor to the Board of the European Confederation of Directors Associations (ecoDa) and serves as a non-executive board member at European Women on Boards ASBL. In 2015, he became a Member of the European Economic and Social Committee, the EU advisory body, after being nominated by the UK government for a five year term.

Professional credentials and training experience

Roger serves as a visiting lecturer at a number of leading business schools, including Said Business School (Oxford) and ESSEC (Paris), and was formerly a Lecturer at Merton College, Oxford. He is currently an Honorary Associate at the Centre for Ethics and Law at UCL (London), and is the author of several books and numerous articles in the field of corporate governance and board effectiveness (including the IoD’s main guide to the role of the board, The Effective Board). Roger obtained his doctorate on corporate governance from Oxford University. 

In recent years Roger has acted as an external consultant to the International Finance Corporation, the OECD, GUBERNA, VisionFund International, The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Securities Investors Association Singapore and the Asian Development Bank. He has also conducted board and governance evaluations for leading organisations in Europe, Asia and throughout the world.