Dr Ian Peters MBE
As Director of the Institute, Ian 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.
Ian’s career has spanned business policy, government relations and corporate communications. He has extensive experience of working at the highest levels with business, government, regulators and the professions.
After studying for a degree in geography at Lancaster University and taking his PhD at Southampton (on the drivers of small business growth) Ian joined the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) as a small business policy specialist. In 1989 he moved to international public relations firm Burson-Marsteller where he worked for a number of major corporate clients. Following a second stint at the CBI Ian became Deputy Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce in 1996 where he led the policy, research and communications functions. From 2001 to 2008 he was Director of External Affairs and Marketing at the Engineering Employers Federation (EEF) and in 2009 joined the Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors as Chief Executive, a post he held until December 2019.
Ian has held a number of non-executive and public appointments including Chair of the Independent Monitoring Panel of the UK Chartered Banker Professional Standards Board, member of the UK government’s Regulatory Policy Committee and Better Regulation Task Force, and member of the Court of the University of Lancaster.
In 2015 Ian was awarded an MBE for services to regulatory reform.
The IBE Team
Sophie contributes to the IBE’s research projects, through the collection, analysis and presentation of data and other materials.
Prior to joining the IBE, Sophie worked in Communications for the Society of Editors and as a Research Analyst for management consultancies and market intelligence companies.
Sophie holds a BA in English from the University of Birmingham and a MA in Political Communications from Goldsmiths College, University of London.
Events and Marketing Officer
Jo is responsible for registering people to attend our events or training sessions, as well as, coordinating the events programme and ensuring the event/training day goes smoothly. She is also a member of the European Business Ethics Forum (EBEF) organising committee.
Prior to joining the IBE, she worked at the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) and has experience of reception, administration and retail work.
Associate Director - Governance
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.
For many years, Mark has had a successful career as a non-executive director. He is a member of the board of the Care Quality Commission, the independent regulator of health and social care in England, and chairs their Regulatory Governance Committee. He is also a non-trustee member of the Audit and Risk Committee of Maggie’s.
Previous roles included the Chair role at Amref Health Africa and Audit Committee Chair at WWF, where he also led the Committee that 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
Professor Chris Cowton
Following a long career of leadership, teaching and research in the higher education sector, Chris joined the IBE in 2019 with a remit to strengthen its widely respected applied research and thought leadership, and a specific role of further developing our engagement with the education sector. In pursuit of the IBE's mission to base its work on high quality, relevant research, he now also leads on our training and advisory services.
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 70 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.
Administration Assistant to the Head of Operations and Finance
Emma is responsible for the administration of IBE’s supporter base. This includes annual donations from organisations and individuals, processing of publications orders, and financial & general administration.
She also assists the Head of Operations and Finance to ensure an effective and efficiently run internal office.
Emma has obtained a strong customer service and administration background from extensive retail experience. Prior to joining the IBE she worked at Burberry’s Flagship Store.
It takes less time to do things right, then to explain why you did it wrong – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Corinne is an Associate with the IBE and brings with her over 20 years of industry experience. She is a corporate consultant and trainer with experience in operations and strategic management. With pride, she says that the fact that she has moved up the ranks step by step made her appreciate all types of work and the efforts of all team members at whichever rank. She is also a Design Thinking facilitator and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt practitioner.
A firm believer in life-long development and passionate about people development as well as ethical business practices. Corinne holds an Executive MBA and MA in Business Ethics from the University of Malta. She is also researching for her PhD in Management with the University of Glasgow and her area of focus is Ethical Blindness in Organisations. Corinne is definitely not all work! In her free time, she loves trekking, travelling, learning about cultures and photography.
It is our choice of good or evil that determines our character, not our opinion about good or evil. - Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics
Head of Marketing and Communications
As the Head of Marketing and Communications Alex is responsible for the development and implementation of marketing plans for all IBE activities. Alex is also responsible for the management and coordination of all IBE events.
Prior to joining the IBE Alex worked with the aviation regulator, Civil Aviation Authority; a consultancy, Sovereign Strategy and barristers chambers, Cloisters. All roles were in an Events and Administration capacity. The variety of industries provided an experience of different ways of working.
Jennifer processes all the financial information for the IBE and completes the financial year-end statements.
She has extensive experience in the accounting field, mainly in small and medium sized not-for- profit organisations. She is a member of the AAT and has passed the CIMA Advanced Management Diploma and undertakes regular CPD to enhance her knowledge.
Respect for right conduct is felt by everybody – Jane Austen
Senior Engagement Officer
As the Senior Engagement Officer, Rory acts as the first point of contact for the IBE's existing and potential supporters. He collaborates with the wider team on the planning and delivery of all engagement activities, and is also secretary to the IBE’s Networks (BEN, ProfBEN, USG & DPG).
With a varied background of working in membership, business development, and customer service, Rory enjoys building strong relationships and working collaboratively to ensure successful, interesting projects are brought to fruition.
Head of Operations and Finance
Judi is responsible for IBE’s Engagement, Finance, HR & Payroll, Office & Facilities, and is Secretary to the Board of Trustees. Her role comprises of strentgthening IBE's relationship with all our supporters and to help build new relationships to add to our supporter base. It is also to ensure business operations are efficient in terms of using as few resources as needed, and effective in terms of meeting customer requirements, overseeing planning, organising and supervising in the contexts of production and the provision of services.
Judi has a strong client relationship management and operational management background in the charity sector, having previously worked at the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust (SSAT) and at the Association of MBAs (AMBA).
She also has an exceptional customer service background in addition a wealth of experience in Fundraising, Event Management, Account Management, Training, HR and Finance.
Always stand on principle even if you stand alone – John Adams
Simon advises the research function at the Institute; lending his vast experience and knowledge to help us deliver quality work 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