Institute of Directors

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The Institute of Directors on Pall Mall, London

The Institute of Directors was established in 1903 and granted a Royal Charter in 1906. It is an association of businessmen rather than of businesses. With over 37,000 members, the lowest common denominator effect ensures that it's far less dangerous than the European Round Table of Industrialists (ERT), for example, though it does tend to be rather more right wing and 'nationalist'.

As a result its views differ from those of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) (for example), as the IoD is an association of people each with an equal say - the majority come from small businesses (whereas the CBI is an association of businesses, some of which are larger and more influential). While the ERT is pro-single currency and the CBI is split, the IoD is opposed to it. IoD's biggest recent success has been the 1995 Budget cuts to both capital gains and inheritance tax.[1]


  • The Director, a monthly magazine produced by IOD
  • Corin Taylor, 'Getting shale gas working', IOD, May 2013, sponsored by fracking firm Cuadrilla Resources [2]


Former staff

  • James McLoughlin, was IoD deputy head of policy from 2014 until August 2016 when he joined Number 10 Downing St as an adviser to prime minister Theresa May. He is the son of former transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin, who was appointed Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster by Theresa May in July 2016. [3]


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The Institute is an associate member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Unconventional Oil and Gas (which was initially run by heavyweight lobbying and PR firm Edelman until August 2014 then Hill and Knowlton Strategies[4] as well as being a member of its 'advisory panel'.

Lobbying firms

Former lobbying firms


116 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5ED tel. 0207 839 1233


  1. IoD Website Home Page Last Accessed 12th June 2007
  2. UK shale gas lobbying heats up, Petroleum Economist, 22 May 2013
  3. Patrick McLoughlin,, accessed 6 December 2016
  4. Register of All-Party Groups (As at 7 June 2013),