The Management Board

The Management Board is part of IPT’s governance and advisory structure and its members, drawn from supporting companies, are appointed by the Board of Trustees. The Management Board provides a valuable resource of business expertise to the Trustees and its Chairman and Deputy Chairman are also Trustees and report directly to the Board of Trustees on the Management Board’s activities.

The Management Board is responsible for overall management of the IPT’s operations on behalf of the Board of Trustees and for assisting the Chief Executive in the performance of his or her duties, including:

  • Development and implementation of strategy, operational plans, policies, procedures and budgets
  • Reporting and monitoring of operating and financial performance
Sharon Davies
Chairman of the Management Board
Sharon Davies is the Senior Director of Corporate Affairs for DHL UK & Ireland. Based in South West London, Sharon has responsibility for Government Relations and Corporate Social Responsibility, reporting directly to the CEOs. As Senior Director of Corporate Affairs Sharon is responsible for all representation to Government, from responding to consultation papers, to briefing Ministers and parliamentarians on issues of importance to DHL, and vice versa. Sharon has been at the helm of DHL UK’s Corporate Affairs department for 18 years. In addition, she was also Director of Communications for DHL Express, responsible for all internal and external communications and crisis management.  Prior to this, she was a Public Affairs Consultant and has also worked as research assistant to Rt Hon Sir John Wheeler MP, former Minister of State for Northern Ireland.
Jason Groves
Deputy Chairman of the Management Board
Keith Sharp  Jason Groves is Director of Communications, International, and Head of Marketing, UK & Ireland at Marsh, global leaders in insurance broking and risk management. Jason heads up a 30 strong team based in the UK who are responsible for Marsh’s communication strategy, promoting strategic business objectives, publishing thought leadership to raise aware of important business risk issues, and developing Marsh’s presence across a range of social media outlets. He is also a member of the Board of the Business Emergency Resilience Group – a part of Business in the Community, and recently led the Communications Group for Dive In - the London Insurance Industry’s first ever Diversity and Inclusion Festival as well as being a school governor. Prior to joining Marsh, Jason had been Editor at The Review, one of the world’s oldest financial magazines and a leading commentator in the insurance industry. Jason is active in the communications industry, a Member of the CIPR and a Court Assistant of the Company of Public Relations Practitioners.
Bill Bartlett
Bill Bartlett  Bill Bartlett was appointed Corporate Affairs Director for McCain in 2006.  He is responsible for media relations, internal communications in the UK and the company’s public affairs programme across Europe. As part of his role Bill heads up the McCain Corporate Social Responsibility programme in the UK. Prior to this Corporate Affairs role, Bill was Sales Director of McCain Foodservice for seven years and before that General Manager for Central Europe. He has been with the company for 23 years.
Tony Bellis

Tony Bellis has been Head of Public Sector Market Development and Public Affairs at 3M since February 2004. Prior to that he has spent much of his 10 previous years at the company in Corporate Affairs including five years as Head of Corporate Communications responsible for PR, Issues & Crisis Management, Employee Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility. He also spent two years in a Corporate Business Development role. He serves on the policy committees of many organisations including:- CBI, Intellect, ABHI, BPIF, BSIF and chairs the CBI Corporate Affairs Group. Tony has recently joined the Management Board of the IPT.
Katherine Bennett OBE

Katherine joined Airbus in August 2004 and became UK Director of Communications and Government Affairs in 2007. She commenced the role of VP, Public Affairs for Airbus SAS in October 2010 and was based in Toulouse, France for 2 years running the Public Affairs function. Katherine’s previous employment was with General Motors UK where for nearly nine years she headed up their government affairs function and prior to that worked for Hill and Knowlton Public Relations in London. Her time with GM included several months based in the USA. Katherine was awarded the Order of the British Empire in June 2004 for services to industry and charity. She served 4 years on the board of the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership and is now on the board of Invest in Bristol and Bath. Katherine serves on the Council of ADS. Based out of London now, she is the Director General of the Airbus Intergovernmental Committee across 4 nations in Europe and has specific responsibility for UK Government Relations. In December 2015 she became a Board Member of the International Aviation Womens Association, and in March 2016 she was nominated a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.
Bobby Hain
Bobby Hain  Bobby has over 30 years of experience in media and is currently STV's Director of Channels, responsible for the company's range of consumer services across television and online. STV holds two Channel 3 licences for central and north Scotland and reaches over 90% of its potential audience every month. The company has also seen rapid growth in its digital portfolio, attracting over 3 million users per month. Bobby is a member of both the RTS and BAFTA and is also Chairman of the Scottish Youth Theatre.
Susan Tyzack
  Susan Tyzack is Manager, Public Affairs for BOC and is responsible for all aspects of government relations, stakeholder engagement and crisis management for the UK and Ireland's biggest industrial and medical gases business. Susan joined BOC - a founder member of the IPT - in 2007, heading up a 14-strong team to manage all aspects of internal and external communications post the acquisition of BOC by The Linde Group, the world's largest gases and engineering company. Prior to joining BOC, Susan spent six years with global energy efficiency and technology group Johnson Controls, latterly as Communications Manager EMEA and she has also worked for US-based Cendant Corporation. Susan, who is a Member of the CIPR, began her career as a reporter and sub-editor on Scottish newspapers before moving into communications as a freelance consultant.

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