Business ethics at senior leadership and board level

Advisory services
30 September 2019

Tags: Corporate governance

Commitment to ethical standards at Board level is critical for any organisation if values are to become embedded.

Given the increasing pressure on boards and non-executive directors to demonstrate ethical sensitivity and awareness of ethical issues, the IBE offers board level ethics workshops tailored to your company.

Workshops, led by IBE Director Philippa Foster Back CBE, can be part of a board away day, one-to-one board mentoring, or training sessions. The IBE is also able to offer a confidential advisory role to Executive Directors, Chairmen and NEDs.


For further information please contact:

Philippa Foster Back CBE
Philippa Foster Back CBE

Director, IBE, 020 7798 6040,

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.

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Mark Chambers
Mark Chambers

Associate Director - Governance, IBE,

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

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