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.
Throughout her extensive career in project management and business analysis, Caroline has used here excellent communication, analytical and management skills to successfully deliver a wide range of projects – in everything from IT to strategic business change. In her varied career as both a freelancer and an employee, she has worked in areas as diverse as rail and finance.
Elected onto the Consultative Council in 2013, Caroline then joined IPSE’s Board in 2014. Since then, she has been particularly focused on developing the Women’s Freelance Network and finding ways to expand it into other member groups. She has also been working hard to raise IPSE’s overall profile and make it an organisation that all freelancers want to be a part of.
Non-Executive Director, Chair of Audit & Risk Committee
Peter has considerable financial and management experience, gained from a long and highly successful career. Over the course of 30 years, Peter worked in a wide variety of roles for everyone from Natwest to PWC. And for 10 years, until his retirement in 2011, he was a Partner in the international firm of consultants Mercer Ltd.
Peter was appointed to the IPSE Board in 2015. And in addition to IPSE, he holds non-executive positions on the boards of a range of public and private sector organisations. He is also a trustee of ABF, the Soldiers’ Charity.
Non-Executive Director, Member of Nominations Committee
Annette has enjoyed a long and successful career in consulting and business development, including 16 years as a Senior Partner at PA Consulting Group. She also went on to become Global Head of Telecoms Business Development at ING Barings and Managing Director of XchangePoint Holdings Ltd. She now does corporate finance advisory work with AHV Associates LLP.
Annette joined IPSE’s Board as a Non-Executive Director in 2015. She is also a Non-Executive Director on the boards of Gemserv Ltd and Maintel Holdings plc. She is also a member of Maintel’s Audit Committee and Chair of their Remuneration Committee. In terms of charitable work, she is on the Advisory Board of the National Science and Media Museum – part of the Science Museum Group – and a Director of Women in Telecoms and Technology (WiTT) Ltd.
In March 2017 I retired as an executive director to have a more flexible life focussed on my interests of helping start-ups (freelance and self-employed) and small businesses; developing effective communities and; the skills agenda. I formed a limited company, Innovation Environments, to provide my services as a non-exec director/consultant and joined IPSE for the services provided for freelancers.
When I saw the call for directors I felt a close synergy between what I’ve been trying to change over 18 years and IPSE’s strategy. I have many of the skills listed under the Desirable Specialist Expertise.
My personal passion for economic development stems from having lived through the demise of manufacturing and high technology engineering during the 1980/90s. In the late 1990s I saw the economic shift to a knowledge economy enabled by the growth of internet-based technologies. I forecasted that this would elevate the economic importance of small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs). It was this forecast that underpinned the award-winning Science Park Business I founded in 2000 and then, following acquisition, having the privilege of leading Oxford Innovation to become the largest innovation centre operator in the UK (25 innovation centres supporting over 1,200 start-up and SME businesses with flexible business space and business support programmes).
For the last 18 years I have seen many barriers to entry for freelancers/self-employed and their subsequent growth into small businesses. I have sought to influence change as a business leader and volunteer. I was elected to the main board of the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and continue to chair Venturefest South which is an annual showcase event to strengthen connectivity between innovators, investors and entrepreneurs.
Whilst there have been some successes, progress has been frustratingly slow due to vested interests and institutional/bureaucratic behaviours. The barriers to growth I’ve witnessed are diverse and range from legislative issues (eg IR35, business rates); skills and careers advice; access to finance and; access to investment. Institutions such as government, banks, LEPs, property investors, training providers do not culturally understand how to support the growth of entrepreneurial businesses and a strong evidenced based lobby is critical if this is to change.
I’m excited by the opportunity to work with IPSE and believe that my experience enables me to add significant value. I am an experienced director with 18 years of executive and non-executive main board experience on both company and public sector boards.
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.
Matt has worked in IT since 1998, first as a consultant for Oracle Corporation, and then as a contractor from 2006 onwards.
Originally graduating in Management (specialising in IT solutions for business), Matt has worked in a range of roles with Oracle technology, including DBA, integration specialist, functional / hybrid / technical consultant, workflow expert and trainer. Matt has also presented at the UK Oracle User Group annual conferences. In fact, his presentation on 15 years of bad business process automation won both the Best New UK Speaker and the Best UK Speaker awards in 2014.
Based in east Lancashire, Matt lives with his wife and two daughters, and as they approach teenage years is looking forward to finding a long-term role away from home.
Chris was one of the original 2,000 members of the organisation when it was formed as the Professional Contractors Group in 1999. He is a seasoned contractor with a strong client base in global scale change management.
Before becoming a contractor Chris had a career in sales and marketing followed by 10 years in senior management in the logistics industry. He was appointed as Interim CEO in June 2013 and accepted the role permanently in December 2013.
In 2014 Chris oversaw the rebranding of PCG as IPSE, the association for Independent Professionals and the Self Employed and is tasked with leading the organisation into its next phase of development.
Paul "The Code Guy" is an award winning Freelancer and software engineer, specialising in problem solving through technology. A passion for freelancing, tea and a collaborative approach to business led to Paul founding Skwish, currently his main focus and bringing freelancers together.
Forum name: Paul Allington
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.
Forum name: Ian Wood