Presidents and Board of Trustees

The IPT is a company limited by guarantee (No 1308583), with no share capital, under Section 30 of the Companies Act 2006.

The IPT is also a registered charity (No 287527). The direction and control of the IPT is determined by the Board of Trustees whose members are also directors of the company. The composition, election and retirement of Trustees are governed by the Articles of Association. The Trustees do not receive remuneration.

The maximum number of Trustees is 18, consisting of:

  • Up to 11 parliamentarians
  • Up to 7 non‑parliamentarians, at least two of whom shall be from subscribing companies

The Trustees are appointed after a process of open recruitment.

The Trustees define the strategic aims and objectives of the charity and delegate some of their powers to a Management Board and other committees and working groups, some of which are governed by the Articles of Association.

The Board of Trustees may from time to time appoint Presidents.

Presidents


The Rt Hon Baroness D'Souza CMG
The Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP
The Rt Hon John Bercow MP
Speaker of the House of Commons
The Rt Hon Baroness D'Souza CMG
Lord Speaker
The Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP
Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice

Board of Trustees

Parliamentary and business representatives sit on the Board of Trustees. Baroness Harris of Richmond DL is the current Chairman.

Baroness Harris of Richmond DL
Chairman of the Board of Trustees 
Baroness Harris Baroness Harris took over as Chairman at the AGM on 7 July 2010. She is an IPT Fellow, having completed a Fellowship with Six Continents Plc in 2003. A magistrate for 16 years, she was also a non-executive Director of an NHS Trust from 1990-1997. She acted as Chairman of North Yorkshire’s County Council and was the first woman Chairman  of their Police Authority from 1994-2001.  She speaks on policing matters and Northern Ireland in the House of Lords.
David Amess MP
Deputy Chairman of the Board of Trustees 
David Amess MP
David Amess has been a Conservative MP since 1983. He represented Basildon from 1983-1997 and has been the MP for Southend West since 1997. He became a Fellow of the IPT in 1994 after spending time with Esso. In 2012, David completed his IPT Post-Graduate Fellowship specialising in the Cultural and Creative Industries, spending time at Brit School, ITN and the Royal Opera House. David is also the current Chairman of the IPT Fellowship Committee.
Gordon Birtwistle MP
Gordon Birtwistle MP
A veteran local councillor and engineer, Gordon Birtwistle became the Liberal Democrat MP for Burnley in the 2010 General Election. Since then he has been PPS to Danny Alexander, Chief Secretary to the Treasury and is now the Chairman of the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Committee on Business, Innovation and Skills.  Gordon is Chairman of the Apprenticeships APPG and his political interests are industry, skills and business in general.  He is a Fellow-Elect of the IPT and has participated in the Civil Service Attachment Scheme.
Rosemary Brook
Rosemary Brook Rosemary Brook is a Director of Kaizo, an independent communications consultancy, which is a member of the IPT. She has been actively involved with the IPT throughout her career, completing her Corporate Fellowship in 1992. Rosemary became an IPT Trustee in March 2006 and was Chairman of the Executive Committee/Management Board from 2007 to 2013. Her experience covers a wide spectrum of business sectors and she has played an active part in her own profession as President of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations in 1996 and Master of the City of London Guild of Public Relations Practitioners in 2004.
Sharon Davies

Sharon Davies is the Senior Director of Corporate Affairs for DHL UK & Ireland. Based in South West London, Sharon has responsibility for Government Relations and Corporate Social Responsibility, reporting directly to the CEOs. As Senior Director of Corporate Affairs Sharon is responsible for all representation to Government, from responding to consultation papers, to briefing Ministers and parliamentarians on issues of importance to DHL, and vice versa. Sharon has been at the helm of DHL UK’s Corporate Affairs department for 18 years. In addition, she was also Director of Communications for DHL Express, responsible for all internal and external communications and crisis management.  Prior to this, she was a Public Affairs Consultant and has also worked as research assistant to Rt Hon Sir John Wheeler MP, former Minister of State for Northern Ireland.
Brian Donohoe MP
Brian Donohoe MP
Brian has been a Labour MP since 1992, representing Cunninghame South until its expansion in 2005 when it became Central Ayrshire. He became a Fellow of the IPT in 1995 having spent time with Unilever UK Ltd and successfully completed a further programme with Aggregate Industries in 2001. He became an IPT Trustee in 2010. Brian was formerly PPS to Lord Adonis as Minister and Secretary of State at the Department for Transport.
Paul Evans

Paul Evans is the Principal Clerk for Select Committees in the House of Commons. Paul has been a clerk in the House of Commons since 1981 and is considered to be an expert on parliamentary procedure. He became a fellow with the IPT in 1988 with ICI Paints and became an IPT Trustee in 2010.
David Gillespie
David Gillespie
David is the Chief Executive of RBS England & Wales, NatWest Scotland and 'Hold Separate Manager' of the business. A graduate of Oxford University, he has extensive experience across the full range of financial services including roles as Managing Director NatWest Offshore, Managing Director RBSI Securities Services, Director Wealth Management and Chairman of the Isle of Man Bank. Latterly, David has been the Director of UK Retail Products and Chief Operating Officer of the UK Retail Bank prior to taking on his current role. David is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers Scotland.
John Howell OBE MP
John Howell OBE MP
John has been the Conservative Member of Parliament for Henley since the June 2008 by-election and is currently PPS to Andrew Lansley as Leader of the House of Commons and Lord Privy Seal. He became an IPT Trustee in 2010.
Brendan Keith
Brendan Keith
Brendan has been a Clerk in the House of Lords since 1973, holding numerous posts within the House of Lords Administration. He has held the post of Registrar of Lords’ Interests since 2002. Brendan completed his IPT Clerk Fellowship with Reynolds Broughton (Devon) Ltd and Laporte in 1985.
Mary Macleod MP
Mary Macleod MP
Mary Macleod was elected as Conservative MP for Brentford & Isleworth in 2010.  She has previously served on the Home Affairs Select Committee and been PPS to Rt Hon Nick Herbert, Minister for Policing and Criminal Justice. In 2012 Mary became PPS to Maria Miller as Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and Minister for Women and Equalities. Mary set up and is Chairman of the Women in Parliament All Party Parliamentary Group. She serves in the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme as a Squadron Leader in the RAF and is a Fellow-Elect of the IPT.  Mary has 20 years’ experience in business consulting.
Edward McMullan
Edward McMullan
Edward is Chairman of Dawnay Holdings PLC and the founder of the Chiltern group of companies. After Cambridge University and qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, Edward worked in the city in Corporate Finance. The past twenty years have been spent setting up, financing and advising small businesses.
Baroness Prosser OBE
Baroness Prosser OBE
Baroness Prosser of Battersea was raised to the peerage in 2004.  Previously Deputy Secretary General of the Transport & General Workers Union, Baroness Prosser acted as National Treasurer of the Labour Party from 1996-2001.  Her political interests are in the world of work, equalities and equal pay and she has been a Member of the Equal Opportunities Commission and the Low Pay Commission. She was the  Deputy Chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission from 2006 - 2012.  Baroness Prosser’s geographical interests include the Middle East and the USA.
Baroness Seccombe DBE
Baroness Seccombe   Baroness Seccombe received the honour of Dame Commander of the British Empire in 1984. She was raised to the peerage in 1991 as Baroness Seccombe of Kineton in the County of Warwickshire. Baroness Seccombe currently sits on the House of Lords Information Committee. She has previously been the Conservative Party Spokesperson for Education and Skills, Legal Affairs, Home Affairs and Constitutional Affairs.
Keith Sharp
Keith Sharp  Keith Sharp is Vice President, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and is responsible for Public Policy issues and management for TCS in Europe. Career highlights include creating joint venture firms in both China and in India – the latter in the early 90’s, as India’s economy first began to liberalise and globalise. He has also represented TCS on the ‘responsible marketing’ group for Business in the Community and is an Advisory Board Member of the EMEA IT Services Marketing Association. Keith joined the Management Board in 2013 and became Deputy Chairman and a Trustee this year.
Andrew Walker QC 
Andrew Walker QC
Andrew is a practising barrister, with chambers in Lincoln's Inn. He was appointed as a Queen's Counsel in 2011. He specialises in the areas of property, companies, professionals, and commercial disputes, and has experience of advising and litigating in a wide variety of business and other sectors. He acts pro bono in deserving cases, and was awarded the Bar Pro Bono Award 2009 for some of his work with the homelessness charity, Shelter. He is an elected member of the Bar Council, and actively involved in several  of its committees.
Iain Wright MP
Iain Wright MP
Iain Wright became Labour MP for Hartlepool in 2004. Since then, he has served as PPS to Rosie Winterton as Health Minister; Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the Department of Communities and Local Government; Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the Department for Children, Schools and Families; and as Shadow Minister for Education when Labour returned to HM Opposition. Iain is currently a Shadow Minister for Business, Innovation and Skills with a portfolio covering Competitiveness, Enterprise, Digital Infrastructure and Space and sits on the Finance and Services Select Committee. Iain became an IPT Trustee in 2011.             

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