A message from the new IBE Director

IBE news
04 May 2020


Read a message from our new Director, Ian Peters.

Dear All,

As I begin my first full week as Director of the IBE I wanted to introduce myself. But first I want to pay tribute to our outgoing Director, Philippa Foster Back, who has done so much over the last twenty years to establish the institute as a respected and authoritative voice on business ethics. Many of you have sent your best wishes to Philippa and I know you will want to join me in saying a huge thank you and wishing her all the very best for the future. I am however so pleased that Philippa will continue to provide me and the institute with her support in a number of ways, not least by joining the IBE’s International Advisory Council.

Of course, these are unusual times to be taking over the leadership of an organisation and all the more challenging because I will be unable to get around to meet you, our supporters and partners, in person. But I have been fortunate to be able to make contact with a number of you via various forms of audio and video communications (even just on the phone!). And I hope to speak to more of you in the coming weeks.

I have already learned much about the way you operate and the challenges you face and particularly how you are tackling the many issues thrown up in your organisations by Coronavirus. I have been struck by how organisations with a clear values-based purpose are able to pivot and tilt their business model to adapt to the changed circumstances.

You have also been very complimentary about the IBE and the practical support it provides as a trusted adviser. I can promise you that the IBE will continue to provide that service in a practical way. 

But any organisation has to move forward and I am very interested to hear your thoughts on what you want and expect from the institute in the years to come. The experience of the current crisis has shown that there is much we can do with technology to provide a platform for the exchange of ideas and knowledge and we at the IBE will be looking at how we can develop our capability further in this area. But no doubt you will have your own views so please do feel free to drop me a note with any thoughts.

Finally, I would like to thank you for your continued support for the institute. These are difficult times for all of us, but it is important to keep focused on the things that matter, our underlying values and principles. We at the IBE will continue to do our best to support you in your endeavours to promote an ethics-based approach to business.

With best wishes,


Dr Ian Peters MBE


Dr Ian Peters MBE
Dr Ian Peters MBE

Director, IBE, director@ibe.org.uk

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.

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