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The Board

  • The Board is responsible for the management of the IPA, including determining policy and strategy and setting business and financial plans and programmes. It also approves the IPA’s Annual Report and Accounts, subscriptions and authorisation fees and applications for membership; and it appoints Committees through which the detailed work of developing and putting forward proposals and implementing its decisions is undertaken. The Board usually meets four to six times a year.
  • The Board consists of 16 members elected by individual members. The Board may also co-opt up to four further members.
    Board members have to be individual ordinary or fellow members of good standing.
  • Board members are elected at an Annual General Meeting. Each year one-quarter are retired by rotation, but may be re-elected for one further term. Co-opted members serve for a term determined by the Board up to four years.
  • The President, Vice-President and Deputy Vice-President are chosen by the Board from its elected Board members. The President serves for one year.
  • For details of the current President, Vice-President and Deputy Vice-President and Board members, click here.


The IPA’s five committees are one of the key ways in which the IPA manages regulatory and policy activity. Committee members are comprised of our members, subject matter and legal experts, and lay member volunteers.

  • Committees are established by the Board. Committee chairmen and members are appointed annually by the Board: they are not subject to any fixed term of appointment, but usually serve for a period of three-six years. Student members are eligible to be appointed to a Committee other than the regulatory Committees. If you are interested in becoming a Board or Committee member please [email protected]
  • The current Committees are: Standards, Ethics and Regulatory Liaison (SERL), Regulation and Conduct Committee, Disciplinary and Appeals Committee, Finance and Risk Committee and External Affairs and Member Services (EA&MS) Committee.
  • Committees meet from time to time during the year – the regulatory committees meet around 10 times a year; other committees typically meet on a quarterly basis, or as and when required.
  • For further details of the Committees or to apply to be a member email [email protected] 

Below are details on each Committee and what it does.

Standards, Ethics and Regulatory Liaison

Responsible for:

  • Considering responses to consultations on insolvency statute and best practice
  • Discussing technical issues and drafting guidance for the membership
  • Determining the IPA’s contribution to the Joint Insolvency Committee
Committee Members
Simon Underwood, ChairChris De La Salle Edward BibleKen MarlandAnna Hughes 
Beverley  BudsworthClare Lindley  Eileen MacleanMark SiddallMaurice Moses
Charles TurnerDavid RankinHemal MistrySamantha Warburton  

Regulation and Conduct Committee

Responsible for:

  • Considering any matter Secretariat identifies as requiring Committee attention relating to the fitness of licensed IPs or liability to disciplinary action
  • Considering applications for authorisation
  • Licence restriction/withdrawal proceedings and invite disciplinary sanctions by consent, including reprimands and fines

Importantly, this Committee has a lay majority for decision-making.

Committee Members
John Newgas, Co-Chair (Lay)   Chris Gray/Martin Tossell (Lay)Helen Kavanagh (Lay)    Katy Walker        Pauline Peel
Neil Bennett, Co-Chair Diane Dunion Taranjeet Babra (Lay)         Michael Leeds Peter Hart
Frances Coulson, Vice Chair (Lay)      John Briggs (Lay)    John Boulter Mike Norris (Lay)Paul Allen
Brett Barton Heather Greig-Smith (Lay)Julian Healey (Lay) 

Regulatory and Conduct rules can be found as follows:

Conduct Rules

Regulatory Rules

Disciplinary and Appeals Committees

Responsible for:

  • Carrying out functions of Disciplinary and Appellate Committees Appeal Tribunals, hear appeals against findings or orders of a Disciplinary Tribunal and decisions to restrict/withdraw licenses; and may affirm, vary or rescind them
  • Disciplinary Tribunals considers complaints referred to it by the Investigation Committee it has the power to exclude members, revoke licenses as well as issuing sanctions
Committee Members:
Richard Long, Co-Chair DC (OM)    Edward Bible (OM)Nick Pike (OM)Dr Stephen Baister (L)  
Richard Mawrey, Co-Chair AC (L)          Gill Wrigley (OM)Nick Wood (OM)Stuart Hopewell (L)
Raquel Agnello QC (L)Helen Smithson (OM)             Philip Long (OM)Charles Turner (OM)
David Pilling (L)John Thirlwell (L)Laurence Pagden (OM)

L = Lay Committee Member            OM = Ordinary Committee Member

Disciplinary and Appeal rules can be found as follows:

Appeal Rules

Disciplinary Rules

Finance and Risk

Responsible for:

  • Preparing annual budgets and making recommendations to Council on subscriptions and fees
  • Monitoring in-year spending and submitting for approval to Council the IPA’s Annual Accounts
  • Monitoring financial risk relating to IPA activity
Committee Members
Paul Davis, ChairColin Wiseman                Kevin Hellard                     Samantha Keen
Amanda Wade, Vice Chair        Hanh Nguyen    Maureen Leslie         Sean Croston 
Carrie JamesJoel GoschalkRussel Payne Simon Baggs

External Affairs and Member Services

Responsible for:

  • Contents for events, social events training for members and articles for the newsletter 
  • Regulations relating to students 
  • Training for students and other members
  • Arrangment of CPI suite of exams and liason with JIE
  • Parliamentary representation 

Dedicated working subgroups can be created from the committee as and when required to consider specific matters such as Annual Conference/Personal Insolvency Conference. 

Committee Members
 Joseph Colley, ChairBarry MochanPauline PeelSimon Carvill-Biggs
Kevin HellardCarrie-Ann JamesNatasha Brodie
Antoinette ThorpeMyles JacobsonSamantha O’Hara
Examinations sub-committee
Lloyd Hinton, ChairDeborah PywowarczukKaryn Jones  
Nicholas Myers, Chief ExaminerHemal MistryLucy Law 
Anna HughesJenny GatleyRachel Lai 

Become a Committee member

The IPA is always keen to hear from prospective Committee members. Please get in touch through [email protected] if you are interested in applying. All Committee members are offered training.