Sharing our insights
We make presentations and speak at conferences nationally and internationally advocating good business practice.
- Presenting to professional bodies on ethics in their profession
- Sharing our Ethics at Work survey data
- Talking about how to encourage a Speak Up culture
- Serving as panel members for sessions at conferences such as SCCE, speaking at sector group conferences such as the Compliance Week conference, The Chartered Governance Institute (ICSA), Roffey Park and the Financial Reporting Council.
IBE speakers available:
Philippa Foster Back CBE
Director, IBE, 020 7798 6040, email@example.com
As Director of the Institute, Philippa 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.
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.
In connection with her role at the IBE, she served on the Woolf Committee 2007/8, looking at ethical business practice in BAE Systems plc. She speaks widely on business ethics issues, encouraging high standards of business behaviour based on ethical values.
She sits on the Board/Advisory Board of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI), and RAND Europe. She is a Visiting Fellow of the Said Business School at Oxford University and Honorary Vice President of the Employee Ownership Association. She chairs the Antarctic Place Names Committee and is former Chairman of the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust.
Philippa was awarded an OBE in the New Year's Honours 2006 for services to the Ministry of Defence and in July 2008 was awarded the BITC Marks & Spencer Sieff Award. In the New Year's Honours 2014 she was awarded a CBE for services to Antarctic Heritage.
Associate Director - Governance, IBE, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark brings 30 years of experience from a successful career in business to help grow the IBE’s interaction with boards, regulators and policy makers.
After graduating in Zoology from Oxford University, Mark re-trained as a lawyer and spent his early years at Slaughter and May in their London and New York offices before moving into business. During his career, he managed world-class global functions responsible for governance, legal and regulatory risk management in large, complex, regulated businesses. He was General Counsel & Group Company Secretary at RSA Insurance Group and at Worldpay Group, and held senior positions at American Express and GE Capital. He retired as Deputy Group Company Secretary of HSBC in 2018 to pursue a second career, which also includes non-executive and advisory work. Mark is a former member of the CBI’s Financial Services Committee.
For many years, Mark has had a successful career as a charity trustee, most recently as Chair of Amref Health Africa and prior to that as a trustee of WWF, where he chaired the Audit Committee and oversaw the development of the charity's exemplar new headquarters building. Mark was a finalist in the 2014 Sunday Times Non-Executive of the Year Awards.
The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it. – General H. Norman Schwarzkopf
Research Director, IBE, email@example.com
As the head the research function at the Institute; this involves interpreting survey work and overseeing the comparative work the IBE does for organisations who ask for comparative work to be done on aspects of their ethics policies.
Simon has worked in the paper industry and run the UK arm of an international association focusing on Anglo-North American relations.
Simon has an honours degree in Economics and Political Science from Trinity College, Dublin.
Ethics codes are necessary but not sufficient
The Golden Rule is : Do unto others as you would have them do to you
Professor Chris Cowton
Associate Director (Research), IBE, firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris brings his vast experience of researching business ethics issues to the work of the IBE Research Hub, with a remit to strengthen its widely respected applied research and a specific role of further developing our engagement with higher education.
Chris Cowton is Emeritus Professor at the University of Huddersfield and Visiting Professor at Leeds University’s Inter-Disciplinary Ethics Applied Centre. He was previously Professor of Accounting (1996-2016), Professor of Financial Ethics (2016-2019) and Dean of the Business School (2008-2016) at Huddersfield, having joined after ten years lecturing at the University of Oxford.
He is internationally recognised for his contributions to business ethics, especially his pioneering work on financial ethics. In 2013 he was awarded the University of Huddersfield’s first DLitt (Doctor of Letters, a higher doctorate) in recognition of his contribution to the advancement of knowledge in business and financial ethics.
He is the author of more than 60 journal papers, has edited three books and has written many book chapters. He was Editor of the journal Business Ethics: A European Review for a decade (2004-2013).
He is also a visiting professor at University of the Basque Country, Bilbao (Spain), and has been a visiting professor at the University of Bergamo (Italy) and a member of the Ethics Standards Committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (2009-2018).
Discussion of ethics in public life, including business, often makes unhelpful sweeping generalisations that take us nowhere. ‘Politicians are only in it for themselves’, ‘businesses manipulate consumers’, etc. Such comments describe one end of a spectrum, perhaps, but they do a disservice to those who are trying to do so much better. The IBE plays a key role, in supporting high standards of business behaviour and I am delighted to use my research expertise to contribute to that mission.
Head of Research, IBE, email@example.com
Guen coordinates the work of the Research Hub and conducts research and writes on a variety of business ethics topics, including IBE surveys, briefing and reports. She advises organisations on how to make their code of ethics and policies more effective and conducts benchmarking exercises on specific issues.
She delivers bespoke training sessions, as well as talks and presentations on the IBE research. She is secretary to Professionals against Corruption, at the IBE (PaC, at IBE), which brings together professionals from real estate, legal and accounting professions to prevent corruption.
Before joining the IBE, she collaborated with the inter-university centre for business ethics and corporate social responsibility EconomEtica in developing the code of ethics for the Italian Association of Management Consultants and worked for CSR Europe, a European CSR Business Network based in Brussels. She holds a master’s degree in Business Ethics and CSR from the University of Trento in Italy.
Ethics is knowing the difference between what you have the right to do and what is right to do – Potter Stewart
Head of Engagement, IBE, firstname.lastname@example.org
As Head of Engagement, Dan leads on, manages and coordinates the IBE’s relationships with supporter organisations and key contacts to promote mutual benefit and aid efforts to embed ethical values and ethical cultures across organisations.
This is Dan’s fourth role within the IBE having previously held research, project management and products and services roles.
In this role, Dan acts as Secretary to several of the IBE’s practitioner working groups.
Dan is also a trained project manager and trainer, and represents the IBE with various public speaking engagements, facilitated training sessions and webinars.
Prior to re-joining the IBE on a full-time basis, Dan was seconded to BAE Systems for 6 months where he acted as the Business Conduct Manager. In this role, Dan led the activities for the update of the global Code of Conduct, and authored guidance on the role for an international network of ethics ambassadors.
Before this, Dan was employed in the CR team at Pentland Brands, responsible for data management and risk mapping Human Rights and Modern Slavery in the supply chain.
Dan holds a Master’s degree in Corporate Social Responsibility from the International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility at the University of Nottingham, and won Best Essay in the under-25 category of the ICAS Sustainability Essay Competition when he was a student.
To do what is right is excellent. To teach what is right is even more excellent, and much easier… – Mark Twain
Engagement Officer, IBE, email@example.com
As Engagement Officer, Linn acts as a single point of contact for internal project matters and collaborates with the wider team on the planning and delivery of engagement activities. She is also secretary to the IBE’s Business Ethics Network (BEN).
Linn joined the IBE in August 2018 as Researcher. In this role, she assisted the Research Hub with the writing up of publications, blogs, newsletters as well as other written output specific to the IBE. Her other responsibilities included conducting advisory work on a range of business ethics topics, particularly those related to organisations’ codes of ethics.
Before joining the IBE, Linn completed her master's degree in Comparative Politics from the University of Bergen. She also holds a master's degree in Politics and Government in the European Union from the London School of Economics & Political Science and a bachelor's degree in International Politics from King's College London. She has several years’ experience working as a freelance researcher and translator.
Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all – Helen Keller