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 businesspeople rather than of businesses. [1]

According to its website, the IoD is 'the UK's leading voice for business leaders, campaigning on a wide range of issues such as trade, skills, and corporate governance'. It'represents its members and advances the case for business in government, parliament, the media and other influential forums'. Its policy team 'oversees the development of IoD policy on the full range of issues affecting business from trade to taxation, enterprise to education'.


With over 37,000 members, 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).[2]


  • Kristina Lewis is Institute Secretary of the IoD. Is responsible for the internal governance of the organisation and governance advisor to the board, council and the committees of the IoD.
  • Anna Daroy is Director General for operations
  • Edwin Morgan is Director General for external affairs.
  • Euan Holmes press officer

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]
  • Corin Taylor, senior economic adviser at the IOD, went on to work for Centrica as its communications research director after authoring the 2013 shale gas report. Later seconded to UKOOG from Centrica, which is a part-owner in Cuadrilla's Preston New Road site near Blackpool

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The Institute was 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[7] as well as being a member of its 'advisory panel'.

One of its staff Corin Taylor produced the IOD's report 'Getting shale gas working'in May 2013, which was sponsored by fracking firm Cuadrilla Resources. [8] Taylor soon went on to work for energy giant Centrica, which had investments in Cuadrilla's Preston New Road shale gas site near Blackpool, and was also later seconded to industry lobby group UKOOG which has led the push for fracking in the UK.

Lobbying firms

Former lobbying firms


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


  1. IoD Website Home Page Last Accessed 12 June 2007
  2. IoD Website Home Page last accessed 12 June 2007
  3. Patrick McLoughlin,, accessed 6 December 2016
  4. John Kersey named as new IoD Lancashire chair, Lancashire Business View, 28 November 2012, accessed 24 January 2017.
  5. Our Steering Group | John Kersey, Lancashire For Shale, accessed 24 January 2017.
  6. SME panel | John Kersey, North West Energy Task Force, accessed 24 January 2017.
  7. Register of All-Party Groups (As at 7 June 2013),
  8. UK shale gas lobbying heats up, Petroleum Economist, 22 May 2013