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.
Ruth Evans, IPSA Chair
Ruth Evans has a thirty-five year track record representing the consumer and public interest across a wide range of industries, serving as:
- Chair and Deputy Chair of a range of regulatory boards (Authority for Television on Demand, Bar Standards Board, Ofcom Consumer Panel and the General Medical Council’s Standards Committee);
- Chair of two independent Inquiries (the Brompton and Harefield Inquiries into Baby Deaths, and the Independent Inquiry into Drug Testing at Work);
- Non-executive director of four financial services businesses;
- Leader of three charities (War on Want, MIND and Maternity Alliance); and
- Chief executive and Accounting Officer of the National Consumer Council, a public body, for 7 years.
Ruth is currently also the Chair of the Payments Strategy Forum, established by the Payments Systems Regulator to bring together the payments industry and representatives of all those that use payment services to deliver a collaborative Strategy for competition and innovation. She is also a Non-Executive Director of the Serious Fraud Office.
Previously, she has been a non-executive director at the Independent Police Complaints Commission, the National Audit Office, Queen’s Counsel Appointments Panel, the Nationwide Building Society and Liverpool Victoria Group and Senior Independent Director of CPP Group PLC. She also is a Founding Advisor to a new start up, Farewill, a flagship on line business that revolutionises the way we make wills.
Ruth began her professional life in charities, volunteering for Liberty after graduation before being appointed at 22 as the first director to a newly established coalition of charities, the Maternity Alliance. Following that, Ruth joined Mind as Deputy Director, then Acting Director, before taking over as Chief Executive of War on Want where, upon arrival, she discovered the charity was insolvent, and took it into receivership. From there she went on to run the National Consumer Council for three terms of office.