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Board and Chief Executive

The Parliamentary Standards Act 2009 ('the Act') states that IPSA is to governed by its Board, which consists of a Chair and four members. The Act ensures that:

  • one member must be a person who has held high judicial office;
  • one member must be a person who is a qualified auditor; and
  • one member must be a former MP. 

Members of IPSA's Board are appointed for fixed terms of five years, and may be reappointed for a further term of three years.

The appointment of Board members is prescribed by Schedule 1 of the Act, a copy of which can be found via this link.

On a day-to-day basis, IPSA is run by its Chief Executive and Directors, who report to the Board. You can find more information about IPSA's staff, including the salaries and expenses of IPSA's Board and senior staff on our website via this link.


​Professor Sir Ian Kennedy, IPSA Chair 

Sir Ian is a lawyer who, for several decades, had lectured and wrote on the law and the ethics of healthcare and regulation. He was appointed as chair of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority in November 2009. He is also Emeritus Professor of Health Law, Ethics and Policy at University College of London and Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics.

Sir Ian has been involved in public life for over 30 years, earning a particular reputation for his concern for the interests of members of the public in healthcare. He is, perhaps, best known as the Chairman of the public enquiry into children's heart surgery at the Bristol Royal Infirmary (1998–2001). This report contributed to the establishment of the Healthcare Commission, which he chaired from its creation in 2004 until its abolition in 2009. During his time at the Commission, Sir Ian worked to improve standards across the NHS through access to information and knowledge for patients, the public, clinicians and managers. In 2009, he chaired the King’s Fund inquiry into the quality of general practice in England and in 2012 carried out a review of the care of children in the NHS. In 2012, he also chaired the group that reviewed the provision of paediatric cardiac surgery in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. He has also previously chaired reviews relating to xenotransplantation, pets’ passports, research on service personnel and innovation in pharmaceuticals.

Sir Ian is a former chair of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics and of the UK Research Integrity Office and former host of the Channel 4 discussion programme After Dark. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and an honorary fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners, the Royal College of Physicians, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, the Royal College of Anaesthetists, Royal College of Surgeons, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors. He was awarded an honorary DSc by the University of Glasgow in 2003 and an honorary DM by the University of Birmingham in 2005. He is a Barrister and Honorary Bencher of the Inner Temple. He was knighted in 2002 for services to medical law and bioethics. 


Elizabeth Padmore, Board Member


Elizabeth PadmoreLiz Padmore has been Chairman of Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust since 2010. a Barclay Fellow of Green Templeton College, Oxford where she chairs the Remuneration Committee; a member of the Board of NHS Providers (Foundation Trust Network) where she chairs the Finance and General Management Committee; a director of Youth Business International where she also serves on the audit committee and chairs the accreditation committee; member of the F&GP Committee, Ditchley; member of the F&GM Committee, Women for Women International. . She is a co-founder and a member of the Global Board of Enablis, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to creating a viable SME sector in Africa and South America. She was previously on the Council of Chatham House; a Director of National Australia Group Europe and Clydesdale Bank plc and on the advisory board of IMD Business School (Lausanne). She was previously a strategy partner at Accenture where she created and ran their global strategic think tank, specialising in scenario planning, strategic communications, corporate social responsibility and relationship management. Liz was awarded the Sunday Times public sector Non-Executive Director of the Year Award in 2013. 


Anne Whitaker, Board Member


Anne WhitakerAnne Whitaker has served as a non-executive director and then Chair of Whipps Cross University NHS Trust: following the creation by merger of Barts Health NHS Trust she was appointed as a non-executive director of the new Trust and is chair of the remuneration committee. She was an audit partner for Ernst & Young, specialising in financial services, for twelve years. She was also Head of Audit for Financial Services at Ernst & Young from 2000 to 2004. Her voluntary sector interests include working with YourStory in Lambeth, an organisation which provides help in employment, criminal justice, education and sports and personal development and the MicroLoan Foundation, a microfinance organisation operating in Malawi, helping clients to build businesses. 


Rt Hon John Thurso, Board Member

The Right Honourable John Thurso is a Scottish businessman and former Member of Parliament for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross from 2001 to 2015. During his parliamentary career Lord Thurso held a number of positions, including Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and Shadow Secretary of State for Transport. In the 2010 parliament he served on the House of Commons Commission and Chaired the House Finance and Services Committee. He also served as a member of the Treasury Select Committee and as a member of the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards.


Prior to his political career, Lord Thurso worked for many years in the hospitality industry. Trained by The Savoy Group, he was MD of the Lancaster Hotel in Paris and founder General Manager of Cliveden, before becoming CEO of Granfel Holdings from 1992 to 1995. Finally, from 1995 until his election to parliament in 2001 he was CEO of the Champneys Group. He served on the board of the Savoy PLC and Chaired Walker Greenbank PLC. Lord Thurso also holds the Presidency of The Tourism Society and Patron of the Academy of Food and Wine Service. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Hospitality (FIH) and served as its Patron for six years, until June 2003. He was President of the British International Spa Association, a Trustee of the Clan Sinclair Trust, and Patron of the Bluebell Railway 50th Anniversary Appeal.


Lord Thurso took his seat in the House of Lords as the 3rd Viscount Thurso in 1995, where he became spokesman on Tourism and later Food Matters. He was sworn of the Privy Council in 2014.


Sir Robert Owen, Board Member

Sir Robert Owen was called to the bar at Inner Temple in 1968 and was elected as an Inner Temple bencher in 1995. He was appointed a Recorder in 1987, Queen's Counsel in 1988 and a Deputy High Court Judge in 1994. He has previously served as Chairman of the London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association and the General Council of the Bar. He was named an associate fellow of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 1998, and served as a governor of the College of Law from 1998 to 2004.

He was appointed a Justice of the High Court on 15 January 2001, received his knighthood, and was assigned to the Queen's Bench Division. From 2005 to 2008, he served as a presiding judge for the Western Circuit, and has been a member of the Judicial College board since 2011.

As the member of IPSA’s board who has previously held high judicial office, Sir Robert is also IPSA’s designated ‘Qualified Person’ for the purposes of Freedom of Information.


Marcial Boo, Chief Executive


DSC_1602.JPGMarcial Boo joined IPSA in June 2014. He has held senior positions across the  public sector, including as a director for eight years at the National Audit Office and the Audit Commission, and as a senior civil servant at both the Home Office, where he led work on counter terrorism and reducing street crime, and at the Department for Education where he created the government’s adult basic skills strategy, Skills for Life.