Meet the Board

Meet the people behind IoIC

 

President: Suzanne Peck

 
Date joined the IoIC Board: I was on the IoIC Board for more than seven years and now, as president, I attend Board meetings by open invitation
Day job: managing director of Sequel Group
Why is IoIC important to you?: IC is in an unusual and unique position to influence and have impact within a business and IoIC has had more than 60 years’ experience in shaping IC and supporting practitioners, no matter what their challenges. Today, I think the Institute is more relevant than ever as a trusted, credible, independent body that sets standards, enhances skills and champions better internal comms. It’s important to me personally as, over the years, I’ve built my career through IoIC learning and networking and believe it’s the place to be if you want to get on in IC.

Main area of interest/achievement within Institute: Strategy, member ‘experience’ and events.

Chief executive: Jennifer Sproul

 
Date joined the IoIC Board: May 2016
Why is IoIC important to you?: IoIC is in a unique position as the only independent professional body representing internal communication and employee engagement and has been setting the standards for over 65 years.  As the IC profession continues to build and prove its value to business, I am excited about the plans we have at IoIC to develop our activities across membership, professional development, content, events and awards. Our aim is to provide our members with the credibility, skills and knowledge to advance their careers and promote the valuable work of IC and its impact on business and society.  
Main area of interest/achievement within Institute: As chief executive, my role is to provide leadership on the day-to-day running of IoIC, working with the Board, staff and our volunteers to deliver the Institute’s portfolio of activities while driving the strategic and commercial development of the organisation.

Chair of the Board: Kate Jones (FIIC)

 
Date joined the IoIC Board: 2009
Day job: head of internal communications at Tarmac
Why is IoIC important to you?: It’s a great way to stay in touch with other IC professionals and share tips and traumas – I never know whether it’s reassuring that we all share the same challenges or actually a bit depressing! I also value the training, awards and accreditation we provide, as that’s where the standards of our profession are upheld. 
Main area of interest/achievement within Institute: I've been Board chair since May 2015 and am pleased to be continuing in the role this coming year. I also support our Accreditation Diploma immersion and assessment days. Previously I ran Central Region between 2009-2010, then co-produced our membership strategy. I always try to represent the specific challenges of working in-house as we work to raise our game while managing people’s expectations of what IC is here to do.

 

Board Directors

 
Name: Rich Baker MBA CIIC MCIPD FInstLM
Day job:  Head of Internal Communications | Consultant | Interim
Date I joined the IoIC Board: May 2016. I’ve been Central Region Director since August 2015
Why is IoIC important to you?: The Institute of Internal Communication is the only dedicated professional institute for #internalcomms in the UK. It brings people with a passion for internal communications together to build strong, trusting relationships, helps them learn and develop as leaders and supports members in their careers.
Main area of interest/achievement within the Institute: Working across the UK and with the Board to align and grow #internalcomms in our regions and to enable the delivery of engaging, fun and useful events for members. I’m particularly proud of our 2017 regional awards - the #ExcellenceExpress!
 
Name: Liz Cochrane (FIIC)
Area of responsibility: Professional Development - Accreditation
Date joined the IoIC Board:  May 2012
Day job: course director for Kingston University’s MA in internal communication management, and director of Facta Consult (an employee research organisation)
Why is IoIC important to you?: Because I believe passionately in the difference effective internal communication can make to the quality of people’s lives and to the success of organisations. IoIC is playing a vital part in transforming our discipline into a profession, and in helping to equip internal communication professionals with the skills, knowledge and expertise needed to have real impact in the workplace.
Main area of interest/achievement within Institute: Supporting what IoIC is doing on the people development front generally, and specifically, taking responsibility for the IoIC’s accreditation framework. Most recently, playing a part in adapting the Advanced Diploma so that it provides targeted development to meet specific skill gaps: giving people the flexibility to use the Diploma to focus on the things that will make the biggest difference in the next stage in their career.

Name: Steve Doswell (FIIC)
Area of responsibility: Research and insight
Day job: Communication consultant
Date joined the IoIC Board: I joined the Council in 1994 as chair of Central Region and have served on and off ever since.
Why is IoIC important to you?: In its various guises, this organisation has been my professional home for 25 years and most of my work and professional contacts have originated through relationships formed in and around what’s now IoIC. But it’s what we’re doing now that most interests me.
Main area of interest/achievement within Institute: I’ve served as professional development director and led IoIC for the past five years as chief executive but there is more to do. I want to help shape and develop IoIC’s research, insight and knowledge capability, which is one of the remaining pieces needed to establish IoIC as the acknowledged professional body for IC. 

Name: Oli Howard 
Day job: head of internal communications & engagement for the Civil Aviation Authority
Date I joined the IoIC Board: May 2016
Why is IoIC important to you?: Internal communications is complicated… that’s why I like it. In my roles across the sectors I’ve struggled with the same questions as most practitioners – like ‘What exactly is our role?’ and 
‘How do we know when we’re doing it well?’ IoIC helps us get to grips with the big issues by providing a space for us to share our thinking. And it takes best practice from that and uses it to help us move towards a more effective profession overall.
Main area of interest/achievement within the Institute: I’ve worked in roles across communications, so I’m naturally interested in integration and the benefits of joined-up working with PR, marketing, stakeholder engagement and other communications professionals.

Name: Tam Sandeman (MIIC)
Day job:  Director international communication platform, Walgreens Boots Alliance
Date I joined the IoIC Board:  May 2016
Why is IoIC important to you?:  I consider myself very fortunate to be in a profession which makes such a huge difference to organisations and their people, and even better, in a role that I absolutely love.  I can be strategic, creative, challenging and influence every day and watch our work change how people feel.  Having a central body to help enlighten others and support people in our profession to greater heights can only be a good thing.
Main area of interest/achievement within the Institute:  I’m most interested building our reputation one of the most powerful roles in an organisation and in professional development, particularly how we can explore newer areas like neuroscience to underpin thinking and persuade leaders around different ways to achieve behaviour change.

Name: Justine Stevenson (FIIC)
Area of responsibility: Awards and Events
Date joined the IoIC Board: 2011
Day job: global internal communication manager, SAB Miller
Why is IoIC important to you?: Having a network of communication professionals who face similar challenges to me is immensely valuable; there has been many a time when I have called on that network for help and advice! The fact that we have an organisation which is solely focused on internal communication is also important as it defines internal communication as a distinct discipline in its own right.

Main area of interest/achievement within Institute: 
I took over responsibility for Awards and Events after having been a member of the annual conference organising committee for a few years. I am enormously proud of the standard of conference we put on each year. 
We get consistently amazing feedback from attendees who find the content and networking they get from the conference to be great value. I would love to hear from any members who have ideas for specific events or thoughts for how we could do events or awards better – and from anyone who would like to join a committee to help get them off the ground!

Name: Phil Weare (FIIC)
Day job: Consultant. I’ve had a variety of posts, not least working for IoIC part time for a couple of years as head of professional development. Being a freelance, work is constantly changing. I am currently involved with communications for another member organisation and some commercial French translation.
Date I joined the Board: 2003
Why is IoIC important to you?: IoIC has been my bedrock over many years, and my fellow members have been my first port of call for expertise in internal communication.
Main area of interest within the institute: To help build IoIC into a world class organisation that is a byword for excellence, with first class networking and learning opportunities to enable members to develop within 
the profession.

Name: Andy Williamson (CIIC)
Area of responsibility: Communication
Date I joined the Board: 2014
Day job: Head of internal communications & engagement, University of East London
Why is IoIC important to you?: IoIC has been with me throughout my evolution as a communications professional. While learning my craft I gained from its excellent channels, courses and conversations. I now want to make sure that those benefits continue to evolve and be available for new-comers to our great profession. 
Main area of interest/achievement within Institute: My focus has been on making sure that IoIC leads by example with communications that are thought provoking and insightful. I also seek to provide a viewpoint and voice in board discussions from the charity/not-for-profit sector.

Name: Nada Zbirek (FIIC)
Area of responsibility: Marketing
Date joined the IoIC Board: June 2014
Day job: marketing consultant at Emperor
Why is IoIC important to you?: It's invaluable for anyone with an internal communications remit - not just dedicated IC practitioners.  Time and time again, there is evidence that successful internal communications can ultimately affect a company's bottom line, so why would you not commit to finding out more via the IoIC?
Main area of interest/achievement within Institute: Marketing and London-based events as Director of IoIC's London region.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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