IPSE Board of Directors

The Chairman and Directors of IPSE are responsible for the organisation's strategic direction. All are non-executive directors and from time-to-time they may appoint executive directors as required. IPSE's executive team look after the day-to-day operations of the organisation.

Matthew Searle


In his extensive career as an IT consultant, Matthew Searle has worked on a wide range of projects in both the public and private sectors. A graduate of Aston Business School, Matt has primarily specialised in delivering complex call-centre solutions for clients including National Savings, the Metropolitan Police Service, CGI, and the Home Office.

An IPSE member since 2006, Matt was elected to IPSE’s Board of Directors in 2015 and has twice served as Deputy Chair before being appointed Chair in 2020. Since joining the Board, he has been particularly focused on making IPSE the lead organisation supporting all parts of the self-employed community. One of his key priorities is lobbying the government to create a modern, fair tax system.

Ian Wood

Elected Director

Ian is a freelance IT professional with twenty years' experience who joined IPSE in 2006.  Returning to the board of directors for his second term, Ian is keen to support the views and concerns of members. 


Based in Glasgow, Ian has been an active and vocal supporter of IPSE for some time and he is keen to bring freelancers together to discuss key issues and anything to do with rugby.

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Derek Cribb

Interim CEO

Derek Cribb joins IPSE as interim CEO from the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA), now a fast growth global membership body, where he held the CEO role for nearly 10 years. Initially as the IFoA’s Interim CEO Derek steered the organisation through a period of rapid and substantial change, including a fundamental review and refocus of its strategy. Derek led the IFoA in delivering innovations in qualifications, publications, global member services and ways of engaging key stakeholders to build the scale, profile and influence of the organisation.

Derek has broad leadership experience in a number of interim and permanent roles across the public, private and not-for- profit sectors. His roles have ranged from Chief Operating Officer at the Pension Protection Fund and CFO of Barclays UK Customers and Products to senior positions in the music, food, logistics, outsourcing and technology sectors.

Derek is Senior Independent Non-Executive Director at China Taiping Insurance UK, a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine. He studied at Imperial College London, graduating with Honours in Chemistry, and undertook PhD research in Mechanical Engineering.

On a personal level, Derek has been married to Tessa for 27 years and has two children, Tom (23) and Amy (21). Derek is a keen golfer, chef and cyclist – somehow managing to overlook that a love of food is not entirely consistent with the physique needed for success on two wheels.

Mandy Clarke

Elected Director, Member of Audit & Risk Committee

Mandy is a Chartered HR professional with over 25 years’ experience across a range of industries and countries. In the course of her career, she has taken many executive-level roles looking after both HR strategy and organisational development. She has also led a large number of HR, talent and shared services transformation programmes to improve performance for a range of organisations.

Since 2010, she has been an independent consultant providing strategic advice and interim services to a variety of clients in the public, private and third sectors – ranging from SMEs to FTSE 100 companies.

In 2016, Mandy joined IPSE’s Board as a Non-Executive Director, and is now also a member of the Nominations Committee.

Mandy is based in Wiltshire, is married and has two children.


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