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.
James has had a varied career both before and since going freelance 1998. He has worked in sales, marketing, technical support and now specialises in Capacity Management across Telecoms, Government and Banking. This involves analysis of large amounts of information to predict future business’ needs, concluding with the presentation of the results in a concise and simple way.
James served on the Consultative Council between 2007 – 2012 and then from 2013. He has also been a member of the Board between 2008 – 2012 and has been re-elected to repeat this role from 2014.
James is renowned for his work in revitalising and repairing the governance of IPSE and supporting the events programme across the South of England. He has experience of working on the Office of Tax Simplification Consultative Committee and HM Treasury's PAYE/NICS working group.
Fiona has worked in IT for over 25 years. She became a contractor in 2009, specialising in .Net development.
She joined IPSE (then PCG) in 2011 and was elected to the Consultative Council in 2015, then to the board in 2016.
Fiona lives on the Surrey/Hants/Berks border and is married with three children. In her spare time she enjoys cycling, running, geocaching and travelling.
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.
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.
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.
Gary has been in IT for nearly 30 years, and has been self employed throughout. He became a contractor in 1995 as a technical specialist and has since moved on to manage projects, mainly in the financial sector for many of the top names in financial services.
He has some good contacts in the political arena, and an understanding of how things work in Scotland, which can be surprisingly different from the rest of the UK. He has the ability to look at an argument logically and make a rational decision, but also the enthusiasm for stirring things up that an organisation such as IPSE needs.
Gary is back on the Board for a sixth year, after a year away to help get a tech start-up company off the ground.
He is based near Glasgow, is married to Elaine and has one son, Cameron, aged 14.Forum name: v8gaz
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.