IPT > About Us > The IPT Team

The Industry Parliament Trust operates with a small team, with a diverse range of professional backgrounds. Click a team member's photo to find out more about them.

Nick Maher

Chief Executive

Nick joined the IPT in July 2011 having previously been in the Army for 26 years and latterly serving in the Ministry of Defence on a team constructing a 'New Employment Model' for the Armed Forces, Click to read more.

Angela Hodder

Head of Office and Company Secretary

Angela joined the IPT in July 2015 as Head of Office and Company Secretary, bringing a broad range of experience in HR, recruitment and office management from a variety of sectors in corporate, SMEs and start-up companies, Click to read more.

Niruba Ravishankar

Finance Manager

Niruba joined the IPT in 2015 as Finance Manager and is responsible for all the financial activities of the organisation, Click to read more.

Zara Afolabi

Events and Training Manager

Zara joined the IPT in January 2019 as a Parliamentary Affairs Officer having previously graduated from University of Kent with a degree in American Studies. Click to read more.

Sam Trendall

Parliamentary Affairs Manager

Sam joined the team in March 2022 as the IPT's Parliamentary Affairs Manager, having previously worked as a civil servant for the Opposition Whips Office in the House of Commons. Click to read more.

Ben Jones

Parliamentary Affairs Officer

Ben joined the team as the IPT’s Parliamentary Affairs Officer in September 2022. He holds a degree in Political Economy from King’s College London. Click to read more.

Rebecca Hayton

Senior Events & Communications Officer

Rebecca joined the team in May 2022 as Senior Events & Communications Officer having previously worked in the office of a Member of Parliament. Click to read more.

Laura Barriball

Senior Events Officer

Laura joined the team in September 2021 as an Events Officer. She graduated with a BA in History, Politics and International Relations from Royal Holloway University and completed an internship in Parliament. Click to read more.

Daisy Calvert

Parliamentary Training Coordinator

Daisy joined the IPT as a Training Coordinator in June 2023, having previously worked in local government. Prior to that Daisy graduated with a BA in Politics and an MA in Cyber Crime and Terrorism from Swansea University. Click to read more.

Isabella Clery

Events and Training Assistant

In October 2023 Bella joined the team as an Events and Training Assistant Intern. She is currently studying Politics and International Relations at the University of Bath. Click to read more.

Paul Grant

Parliamentary and Government Training Consultant

Paul, who delivers the IPT's training sessions, was a civil servant in the UK Government from 1986-2012. For 20 years of that time he worked as a senior lecturer in Policy and... Click to read more.

Huw Edwards

Parliamentary and Government Training Consultant

Following a varied career as an MP and university lecturer, Huw became an Independent Trainer in 2005 and specialises in courses on Understanding Parliament, Government, Legislation, Devolution and Influencing Policy... Click to read more.

Philippa Helme CB

Parliamentary and Government Training Consultant

Philippa Helme was a Clerk in the United Kingdom House of Commons from 1983 to 2019. Click to read more.


Chief Morale Booster

Lucie was born in July 2022 and resides in Camberley, Surrey. Her favourite pastimes are: eating anything (especially doormats); sitting on your lap; watching golf and basketball. Her present learning and development targets are: learning to roll over, gaining her 10 metres swimming proficiency certificate and chasing squirrels. Click to read more.