Presidents and Board of Trustees

The IPT is a company limited by guarantee (No 1308583), with no share capital, under Section 30 of the Companies Act 2006.

The IPT is also a registered charity (No 287527). The direction and control of the IPT is determined by the Board of Trustees whose members are also directors of the company. The composition, election and retirement of Trustees are governed by the Articles of Association. The Trustees do not receive remuneration.

The maximum number of Trustees is 18, consisting of:

  • Up to 11 parliamentarians
  • Up to 7 non‑parliamentarians, at least two of whom shall be from subscribing companies

The Trustees are appointed after a process of open recruitment.

The Trustees define the strategic aims and objectives of the charity and delegate some of their powers to a Management Board and other committees and working groups, some of which are governed by the Articles of Association.

The Board of Trustees may from time to time appoint Presidents.


The Rt Hon John Bercow MP
Speaker of the House of Commons
The Rt Hon Lord Fowler 
Lord Speaker
The Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP
Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice

Board of Trustees

Parliamentary and business representatives sit on the Board of Trustees. David Amess MP is the current Chairman.

Sir David Amess MP
Chairman of the Board of Trustees 
David Amess MP
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. In 2012, David completed his IPT Post-Graduate Fellowship specialising in the Cultural and Creative Industries, spending time at Brit School, ITN and the Royal Opera House. David is also the current Chairman of the IPT Fellowship Committee.
Baroness Prosser OBE
Deputy Chairman of the Board of Trustees
Baroness Prosser OBE
Baroness Prosser of Battersea was raised to the peerage in 2004.  Previously Deputy Secretary General of the Transport & General Workers Union, Baroness Prosser acted as National Treasurer of the Labour Party from 1996-2001.  Her political interests are in the world of work, equalities and equal pay and she has been a Member of the Equal Opportunities Commission and the Low Pay Commission. She was the  Deputy Chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission from 2006 - 2012.  Baroness Prosser’s geographical interests include the Middle East and the USA.
Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh OBE MP

Tasmina was elected as SNP MP for Ochil and South Perthshire at the 2015 General Election. She serves as the SNP Trade and Investment spokesperson and is Deputy Shadow Leader of the House in the House of Commons. Prior to the 2015 General Election, Tasmina was a practicing solicitor in Glasgow.
Adrian Bailey MP

Adrian Bailey was elected as the Labour MP for West Bromwich West in 2001. Since then, he has served as PPS to Yvette Cooper as Housing Minister; to Adam Ingram and to John Hutton. He has also served on many committees, and was elected as chair of the Business Innovation ad Skills Select Committee 2010-2015. Adrian’s interests include Europe, manufacturing and investment. Adrian regularly speaks on these issues both in Parliament and to interested groups across the board.
Sam Beckett

Sam Beckett has been Director General for Economics and Markets and Deputy Head of the Government Economic Service since November 2013. Sam has over 25 years’ experience in BIS, Cabinet Office and HM Treasury, in roles spanning micro and macro-economics, strategy, policy and corporate services delivery.
Sharon Davies

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

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.
Philippa Helme

Philippa joined the House of Commons Service in 1983 and is currently the Principal Clerk of the Table Office, House of Commons, holding this post since November 2014. Previously she has held the positions of Deputy Head of the Committee Office, and Clerk of Liaison Committee and Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy; Head of the Office of the Chief Executive and Secretary to the Management Board; Clerk of the Defence Committee; Parliamentary Adviser at the Cabinet Office (on secondment to Government); Clerk of the Science and Technology Committee; Clerk of the Welsh Affairs Committee and Secretary to the Chairman of Ways and Means.

John Howell OBE MP
John Howell OBE MP
John has been the Conservative Member of Parliament for Henley since the June 2008 by-election and is currently a member of the Justice Select Committee in the House of Commons. He became an IPT Trustee in 2010, and is currently engaged in a fellowship exploring the justice system and the legal profession.
Brendan Keith
Brendan Keith
Brendan has been a Clerk in the House of Lords since 1973, holding numerous posts within the House of Lords Administration. He has held the post of Registrar of Lords’ Interests since 2002. Brendan completed his IPT Clerk Fellowship with Reynolds Broughton (Devon) Ltd and Laporte in 1985.
Andrew Kennon

Andrew Kennon is Clerk of Committees, and is responsible for Commons select committees, their effectiveness, resources and powers. He has been an Associate Fellow of the IPT for more than 30 years and still applies lessons learned from that attachment in his daily work. Andrew is the co-author the second edition of Parliament: Functions, Practice and Procedures (Sweet & Maxwell 2002), which is the second heaviest tome on the workings of Parliament. He regularly speaks on parliamentary matters to business and academic audiences.
Edward McMullan
Edward McMullan
Edward is Chairman of Dawnay Holdings PLC and the founder of the Chiltern group of companies. After Cambridge University and qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, Edward worked in the city in Corporate Finance. The past twenty years have been spent setting up, financing and advising small businesses.
Ian Mearns MP

Ian Mearns was elected as the MP for Gateshead in 2010. Before being elected to Parliament he was for 27 years a member of Gateshead Council where he was the council’s lead member for Children and Young People and for 8 years the Council’s Deputy Leader. Since being elected to Parliament he has been a member of the House of Commons Education Select Committee, served a brief period as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Ivan Lewis, Shadow Secretary of State for Overseas Development and as a member of the Backbench Members Committee and HS2 Bill Committee. Following the 2015 General Election, the new Parliament elected Ian to Chair the Backbench Members Committee.
Baroness Scott of Needham Market

Ros Scott has been a Liberal Democrat peer since 2000, and came to the Lords from local Government in her home County of Suffolk.  She has served as a front bench spokesman on transport and on local government and was the Party President from 2008 to 2011.  She is currently Chair of the EU Scrutiny Committee with responsibility for Energy, Environment, Agriculture and Fisheries.  Ros is active in the voluntary sector as Chair of the National Volunteering Forum and as Patron of a number of charities. Ros is an IPT fellow, having completed a Fellowship in the creative industries, focusing on British Television
Baroness Seccombe DBE
Baroness Seccombe   Baroness Seccombe received the honour of Dame Commander of the British Empire in 1984. She was raised to the peerage in 1991 as Baroness Seccombe of Kineton in the County of Warwickshire. Baroness Seccombe currently sits on the House of Lords Information Committee. She has previously been the Conservative Party Spokesperson for Education and Skills, Legal Affairs, Home Affairs and Constitutional Affairs.
Andrew Walker QC
Andrew Walker QC
Andrew is a practising barrister, with chambers in Lincoln's Inn. He was appointed as a Queen's Counsel in 2011. He specialises in the areas of property, companies, professionals, and commercial disputes, and has experience of advising and litigating in a wide variety of business and other sectors. He acts pro bono in deserving cases, and was awarded the Bar Pro Bono Award 2009 for some of his work with the homelessness charity, Shelter. He is an elected member of the Bar Council, and actively involved in several  of its committees.
Iain Wright MP
Iain Wright MP
Iain Wright became Labour MP for Hartlepool in 2004. Since then, he has served as PPS to Rosie Winterton as Health Minister; Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the Department of Communities and Local Government; Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the Department for Children, Schools and Families; and as Shadow Minister for Education when Labour returned to HM Opposition. Iain is currently a Shadow Minister for Business, Innovation and Skills with a portfolio covering Competitiveness, Enterprise, Digital Infrastructure and Space and sits on the Finance and Services Select Committee. Iain became an IPT Trustee in 2011.             
Maggie Throup MP

Maggie is a scientist turned businesswoman, who held the Derbyshire constituency of Erewash in May 2015 for the Conservative Party with an increased majority. After obtaining an Honours degree in Biology from Manchester University, she began her career at Calderdale Health Authority as a medical laboratory scientist, spending seven years in the role and gaining professional qualifications in Haematology. Remaining in the health sector, Maggie moved into medical diagnostics sales and marketing with a pharmaceutical company, before establishing her own marketing company. Maggie first entered politics through her involvement with a community campaign to save an area of green belt from development and has since gone on to lead a number of similar campaigns, most notably opposing the construction of the East Midlands HS2 Hub on green belt at Breaston. In 2015 Maggie was elected to serve on the Health Select Committee and chairs the All Party Group on Obesity.


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