Meet the team

We’re committed to making a fair environment for the self-employed. 

Whether it’s campaigning for change through our policy and research teams or helping our members focus on doing what they love, everyone at IPSE has got your back. We know how dedicated and hard-working our members are so when we build our team we look for the same qualities; to be motivated and passionate about making change. Meet a few members of our team below and if you have any questions, please get in touch. 

IPSE CEO Derek Cribb


Derek Cribb, CEO

Derek Cribb joined IPSE in 2020 as CEO, and has over a decade of experience leading award winning membership bodies.

Derek has broad leadership experience in a number of contract 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 also Senior Independent Non-Executive Director at China Taiping Insurance UK, Co-Founder of a technology start-up, 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 is married to Tessa for 27 years and has two adult children. Derek is a keen golfer, cook and cyclist – somehow managing to overlook that a love of food is not entirely consistent with the physique needed for success on two wheels.


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Andy, Policy and Member Engagement

Andy joined IPSE all the way back in 2010, at the start of the Coalition government. He is now our Director of Policy and Member Engagement and has forged strong links with key decision makers, relevant business groups and IPSE’s membership. Accept no substitute – Andy is very much part and parcel of the IPSE fabric who supervises, directs and controls IPSE’s policy work. Andy has many other IR35 related puns but he couldn’t think of a way to get them into this short bio!



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Sarah, Head of Events

Sarah is passionate about running events and has over 12 years of B2B and B2C in-house experience within trade associations and membership bodies. She has managed a wide variety of events both in the UK and internationally for industry professionals and the public. Sarah heads up the events team at IPSE including National Freelancers Day, Freelancer Awards, webinars and member events, and is always keen to hear from IPSE members about what they’d like to see featured at future IPSE events.



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Kristina, Head of Membership

With over six years’ experience working in the non-profit sector, IPSE's Head of Membership, Kristina, has a great understanding of the wants and needs of IPSE members. Having grown up with freelancing friends and family, Kristina has a genuine passion and interest for the world of self-employment and wants to provide people with the tools and protection they need to help their business flourish. In her free time she loves gardening and doing DIY!



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Patrick, Membership team

With three and a half years’ experience working in the membership team, Patrick enjoys meeting and speaking to IPSE members and ensuring that their needs are met. Originally from Devon, where he was raised with his now self-employed twin, Patrick has lived in London for the last 13 years. Outside of work he likes to travel and enjoys sports and pub quizzes.



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Christina, Digital Marketing Executive

Christina joined IPSE over five years ago after moving to the UK from her native Canada. Originally in the membership team, Christina has now been in the marketing team for four years, but across both roles has found getting to speak to members over the phone and at events to be the most rewarding aspect of working at IPSE. She is inspired by individuals who have turned to self-employment to pursue their passion, overcome adversity and obstacles, or to simply find more balance in their life. Outside of work, Christina loves playing ice hockey, gardening, and a good pub.



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