Director: Philippa Foster Back OBE
Since taking a degree in Geography at University College London, Philippa has 30 years of business experience. She began her career at Citibank NA before joining Bowater in their Corporate Treasury Department in 1979, leaving in 1988 as Group Treasurer. She was Group Finance Director at DG Gardner Group, a training organisation, prior to joining Thorn EMI in 1993 as Group Treasurer until 2000. In 2001 she was appointed Director of the Institute of Business Ethics.
As Director of the Institute she is responsible for implementing strategy, leading the team and ensuring that the Institute meets its charitable aims, of raising awareness and spreading best practice in the field of business ethics.
In connection with her IBE role she served on the Woolf Committee 2007/8 looking at ethical business practice in BAE Systems plc; and has been appointed to the Advisory Board of the Centre for Corporate Reputation at the Saïd Business School at Oxford University and consequently as a Visiting Fellow of the University.
She has a number of external appointments, including the Board of the Institute of Directors where she is Vice Chairman and Senior Independent Advisor and the Board of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI). She is also a member of the Advisory Board of RAND Europe.
In 2006 she was awarded the OBE for services to the Ministry of Defence where she was formerly a NED and Chair of the Defence Audit Committee. She is past President of the Association of Corporate Treasurers (1999-2000). In 2008 she was awarded the BITC M&S Sieff Award.
Her outside interests include the history and exploration of the Polar Regions; she is Chairman of the Antarctic Place names Committee.
Research Director: Simon Webley
Simon has been Research Director since 1998.
Simon has published numerous studies on all aspects of business ethics, the most recent being: Employee Views of Ethics at Work: 2012 British Survey (2012). Religious Practices in the Workplace (2011) and Corporate Ethics Policies and Programmes (2011). He has lectured and facilitated training on business ethics issues for organisations in many countries.
Simon is a member of the ICC’s Commission on Corporate Responsibility and Anti-corruption and the British Standards Institute’s (BSI) Anti Bribery Standard Panel.
He has a Masters degree in economics and political science from Trinity College, Dublin. He joined Reed International (now Reed Elsevier) as a research economist in 1959. From 1969 until 1998, he was British Director of the British-North American Committee. He was a visiting Fellow of the City (now Cass) Business School from 1993-2003.
Associate Director: Peter Montagnon
Peter Montagnon joined the IBE Associate Director in September 2013. Prior to that he was Senior Investment Adviser at the Financial Reporting Council, which he joined after almost ten years as Director of Investment Affairs of the Association of British Insurers.
For two decades from 1980 Peter was a senior journalist on the Financial Times, including spells as Head of the Lex Column and in charge of coverage of the international capital markets. His last assignment, from 1994 to 2000, was as Asia Editor, responsible for the FT’s coverage of a region stretching from Pakistan to New Zealand.
After graduating in Modern Languages from Cambridge University in 1972, he joined Reuters news agency as a financial journalist. At Reuters he completed assignments in Hong Kong, Zurich and Washington before joining the Financial Times.
Peter served on the European Commission’s Corporate Governance Forum from 2005 - 2011. He is past Chairman of the Board of the International Corporate Governance Network and is also a visiting Professor in Corporate Governance at the Cass Business School of the City University, London, a member of the Corporate Governance Advisory Board of the Norges Bank Investment Management and of Board of the Hawkamah Institute for Corporate Governance, Dubai.
Head of Development: Harriet Kemp
Harriet Kemp joined the IBE as Head of Development in October 2012. Prior to joining the IBE Harriet was Head of Corporate Responsibility for Belron. In this role she developed the CR strategy and led the Group’s commitments to being a responsible business particularly around behaving ethically. She founded the Group Code of Ethics and implemented it across the global business. Harriet spent over 12 years with Belron in a variety of roles covering strategy, communications, and leadership development and coaching.
After graduating with a business degree, Harriet spent six years in the telecommunications industry in positions involving strategy, process and people change including two years as a management consultant at PwC. Harriet has studied Coaching for Organisational Consultants at Ashridge Business School and most recently completed a Foundation course in Psychotherapy and Counselling at Regents College in London.
Head of Projects: Dr Nicole Dando
Dr Nicole Dando is Head of Projects at the IBE, where she writes and trains on business ethics issues and good practice. Publications she has worked on this year include "A Good Practice Guide to Ethics in Decision Making” and "Building and Restoring Organisational Trust".
Nicole joined the IBE in 2003 from AccountAbility where she was Programme Manager for the AA1000 assurance and stakeholder engagement standard. Early in her career she was a research fellow in the NHS, worked on the Environment Programme at the Royal Institute for International Affairs London, and for Friends of the Earth in Japan. Nicole has a PhD from University College London in sustainability and water resources management, a Masters in Development Studies, and a degree in Chemistry with European Studies.
Development Manager: Judith Irwin
Judith Irwin is Senior Research at the IBE; she researches and writes on best practice on a range of business ethics topics, advises companies on embedding ethics in their organisations and regularly engages in training and public speaking to raise awareness of the subject. Recent publications include Doing Business in China: An Overview of Ethical Aspects (2012) and a Good Practice Guide to Ethics Ambassadors (2011).
Prior to joining the IBE, Judith worked at a sustainability consultancy in Sydney and gained a Masters in corporate social responsibility from the International Centre for CSR at the University of Nottingham in 2008.
Outside the IBE, Judith sits on the advisory board of social enterprise These Young Minds and mentors young women who have been trafficked into the UK.
Researcher: Polly Wheldon
Polly has an undergraduate degree in History and recently
completed an MA in CSR at London Metropolitan University during which her
dissertation focused on corporate social performance around human rights. She joined the research team at the IBE in January
2013 from sustainability NGO Forum for the Future but prior to this she worked
in advertising sales before deciding to focus her career on corporate
Research Assistant: Daniel Johnson
Dan joined the IBE in May 2013 having completed an undergraduate degree in Finance, Accountancy and Management, and an MSc in Corporate Social Responsibility at the University of Nottingham. His dissertation focused on how companies can differentiate themselves through their corporate values. Since graduating Dan completed an apprenticeship at with Fronesys, a specialist ESG/sustainability consultancy, writing another paper on corporate values.
Communications Manager: Katherine Bradshaw
Katherine joined the Institute in November 2000 initially as Office Manager. Prior to that she had a career in the music and comedy industry, with roles as general manager and press officer for, among others, Eddie Izzard, Robert Newman and the Guildford Festival. She has helped write the Good Practice Guides on Speak Up, Surveying Staff on Ethical Matters and Developing and Using Business Ethics Scenarios, as well as devising the IBE E-Learning Tool. Since returning from maternity leave, she has taken on the role of Project Assistant and Communications Manager. She has a BA in English from Royal Holloway and an MA in Creative Writing and Personal Development from Sussex University.
Office Manager: Sarah Watts
Sarah joined the Institute in April 2009 having worked for many years in the charity/not for profit sector. She held the position of Finance & Administration Manager for an African health charity and has brought experience of the administrative needs of a small but growing organisation. She has also worked in both the advertising and employment agency sectors, amongst other areas.
Events & Marketing Co-ordinator: Alexandra Johnson
Alex joined the team in June 2010 from the Civil Aviation Authority. Prior to this she was at Sovereign Strategy looking after their administration and events.
Bookkeeper: Emmanuele Di Gaeta
Emmanuele joined the IBE in April 2009. He has worked within administration and finance departments in Higher Education, NHS, Charities and private sectors. He has a BA in Economics and Finance from Salerno (Italy) University and is ACCA part qualified.