Blog Type, IPT Blog, Fellowship Blog | September 2017

The IPT welcomes new Chair of the Board of Trustees

The Baroness Prosser OBE

The AGM saw Sir David Amess MP, Chairman of the IPT Board of Trustees step down after three years as the chairman. Sir 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. He is currently on a Postgraduate Fellowship specialising in the Cultural and Creative Industries.

The AGM also presented the opportunity to welcome the new Chair of the IPT Board of Trustees Baroness Prosser OBE. Baroness Prosser was raised to the peerage in 2004. Previously Baroness Prosser was the Deputy Secretary General of the Transport & General Workers Union. She also acted as National Treasurer of the Labour Party from 1996-2001. She has sat on the Board of Trustees for the IPT since 2012. Baroness Prosser is an IPT Fellow after completing her Fellowship in 2016 looking at modern manufacturing.

The IPT Fellowship programme provides parliamentarians (MPs, MEPs, Peers, and senior parliamentary officials) with a valuable opportunity to engage directly with businesses and experience the issues that they face first-hand. The IPT creates an environment that supports a trusted, open and two-way dialogue between Parliament and UK business. Currently, over 70 parliamentarians are taking part in the Fellowship programme and since the IPT was established, over 500 have benefited from undertaking a Fellowship.

Afterwards members at the AGM attended the autumn drinks reception in the Lord Speakers Apartment. During this event, attendees also heard from The Lord Speaker, The Rt Hon. the Lord Fowler and Sir David Amess MP.