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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 the 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 the 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 communications and corporate affairs 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 the 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 FIIC MCIPD FInstLM
Day job:  Head of Internal Communications | Consultant 
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 the work our teams have done for our regional awards!
 
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 the 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: Oli Howard 
Day job: Currently on a 12 month change communication contract with the CIPD
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: Justine Stevenson (FIIC)
Area of responsibility: Awards
Date joined the IoIC Board: 2011
Day job:  Head of Group Internal Communication, London Stock Exchange Group
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 the Institute: 
I look after  the IoIC Awards, one of the major activities of the IoIC each year. The awards consistently demonstrate the high calibre of Internal Comms work being produced by practitioners all over the country and, increasingly, abroad. We represent the highest of standards and our panel of judges, all experts in their field, ensure that entries are evaluated against the highest of standards and entrants receive feedback to highlight their excellence and to help them improve for future entries. 
 

Name: Andy Williamson (CIIC)
Area of responsibility: Communication
Date I joined the Board: 2014
Day job: Head of internal communications & stakeholder engagement, London Business School
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 the 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: Caroline Waddams (CIIC)
Date joined the IoIC Board: May 2018
Day job: Internal communication manager at Capgemini
Why is IoIC important to you?: I really value the training and networking opportunities offered by the IoIC. I’ve made many friends over the years, who have supported and guided me throughout my career. It’s a great place to share experiences and get support when you are struggling with something.
Main area of interest/achievement within the Institute: I am particularly interested in the professional development of our members and raising IoIC’s profile outside of London.

Name: Andy Holt (FIIC)
Date joined the IoIC Board: May 2018
Day job: Managing director at Words & Pictures 
Why is IoIC important to you?: I’ve always viewed IoIC as the firstchoice organisation, uniquely qualified to represent the interests of the IC community. That’s a message we need to continue to work on, building our profile at both a national and regional level.
Main area of interest/achievement within the Institute: I want to ensure that the regions continue to have a voice on the board and play their part in helping shape our national strategy while promoting the profession and driving excellence.  Also I’d like to see IC having a far bigger stake and role in the strategic decision making in organisations.

Name: Jane Roques-Shaw (CIIC)
Date I joined the IoIC Board: May 2019
Day job:  Internal Communications and Culture Director, Warner Bros. Entertainment
Why is IoIC important to you?: I’m passionate about how we, as IC professionals, can collaborate with all areas of the business to have a positive impact on the employee experience. The IOIC are integral to providing a supportive network for IC professionals, ensuring we have the necessary skills and development opportunities to excel in our roles, to encourage new entrants into the profession and also to celebrate and share all of the great work we do.   
Main area of interest within the Institute: I would really like to see IC and HR working more closely and more collaboratively.  I would love to encourage more talented people in to the world of internal comms – whether they are young people leaving education or returners to work.  I want the IOIC to be the go-to place for sharing best practice, creative ideas and even failures we have learnt from.  Most importantly, I want companies to recognise how essential the focus on internal communications and employee engagement is. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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