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IOP ׽’s Board of Directors

David Deply, Chair of IOP ׽'s Board and Honorary Treasurer, Institute of Physics

David Delpy, Chair of IOP ׽’s Board and Honorary Treasurer, Institute of Physics

Professor David Delpy is Emeritus Professor of Medical Photonics in the Department of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering at University College London (UCL). He spent 35 years at UCL developing techniques for the physiological monitoring of infants and adult patients. He is best known for developments of NIR Spectroscopy and Imaging of brain oxygenation. Many companies have marketed devices developed by him and his team.

In 2007 he left UCL to become the Chief Executive Officer of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, stepping down in 2014. He was then Chair of the Defence Scientific Advisory Council from 2014 to 2017 and Chair of the Strategic Advisory Board for the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme from 2014 to 2019.

He is currently a member of the Home Office Science Advisory Council and Honorary Treasurer at IOP. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society, the Royal Academy of Engineering, and the Academy of Medical Sciences and is a member of many advisory committees for universities, professional institutes and national academies.

Antonia Seymour, Chief Executive of IOP ׽

Antonia Seymour, Chief Executive, IOP ׽

Antonia has been at the helm of IOP ׽ since March 2021 having previously been ׽ Director.

As one of the world’s leading learned society publishers, IOPP’s mission is to deliver impact, recognition, and value to the scientific community.

Antonia is committed to increasing access, transparency and inclusivity across the physical sciences and has nearly 30 years of STM publishing experience connecting business strategy and execution to deliver growth and transformation. 

She is currently President of the Publishers Association.

Before joining IOP ׽ in 2018, Antonia worked for Wiley and before that Blackwell ׽, in a number of Senior Executive roles managing portfolios in Science, Health, Social Science and Humanities across markets and product types.

Tom Grinyer, Group Chief Executive Officer, Institute of Physics

Tom Grinyer, Group Chief Executive Officer, Institute of Physics

Tom Grinyer joined Institute of Physics  in June 2022 as Group Chief Executive Officer. The IOP is the sixth membership organisation he has worked for in the past 25 years and the third as Chief Executive. He joined the IOP from the British Medical Association (BMA), where he was Group Chief Executive; during that time he led the organisation through the Covid-19 pandemic and restructured the BMA with a particular emphasis on membership engagement and experience.

Prior to moving to the BMA, Tom led the Royal College of Anaesthetists, which grew substantially under his leadership, and before this was Executive Director of Strategy, Communications and Policy at the Royal College of Physicians, England’s oldest medical royal college, where he was also interim Chief Executive and introduced the organisation’s first ever strategy in its 500-year history.

Miriam Maus, Chief ׽ Officer of IOP ׽

Miriam Maus, Chief ׽ Officer, IOP ׽

As Chief ׽ Officer at IOP ׽ (IOPP), Miriam is responsible for the creation and delivery of the organisation’s publishing and researcher engagement strategy. 
Working with a global team of publishing and marketing professionals, Miriam ensures that IOPP’s publishing activities deliver trusted content of high quality and that the organisation takes a leadership role in publishing ethics and integrity, inclusive and transparent publishing practices and that the power of technology is harnessed to improve the publishing experience for all involved. 
During her 25 years in academic publishing Miriam has created strategies, developed business opportunities and led diverse teams through periods of change and growth. Prior to joining IOPP, Miriam worked for Blackwell ׽ and Wiley in a range of senior leadership roles, until January 2021 as Vice President and Managing Director, Editorial Management. 

Miriam is a member of the STM Board, the global industry body for scholarly communications and a Trustee for the New Phytologist Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to promoting research in plant biology. In addition, she has served on Research4Life’s Executive Council since 2019, advising on strategic and operational issues.  

Andy Macdonald, Chief People Officer of IOP ׽

Andy Macdonald, Chief People Officer, IOP ׽

Andy Macdonald joined IOP ׽ in January 2023. He was previously Group HR Director at Jisc, where he led its first people strategy with a specific focus on a programme looking at ‘the future of work’. Andy also led the development of a ‘One Jisc Culture’, founded on powerful guiding principles which are shaping the organisation’s identity.
Andy is a fellow of the CIPD, with 30 years of experience. His career has spanned HR leadership roles across several sectors internationally, including financial services, telecoms, technology and medical services in both private and not-for-profit organisations.  

Adam Sewell, Chief Technology Officer of IOP ׽

Adam Sewell, Chief Technology Officer, IOP ׽

Adam Sewell joined IOP ׽ in February 2023. He was previously Chief Technology Officer at Metropolis, a group that specialises in business and consumer media and discount programmes. Prior to joining Metropolis, he was Chief Information Officer at the Copyright Licensing Agency from 2012, and Associate Director for Business Systems at Nature ׽ Group from 2001. He began his career in IT at Lane Clark and Peacock, a firm of Consulting Actuaries. Adam has a BEng in Telecommunications from Queen Mary and Westfield, University of London.

Julian Wilson, Chief Sales Officer of IOP ׽

Julian Wilson, Chief Sales Officer, IOP ׽

Julian Wilson joined IOP ׽  in October 2020 as Sales and Marketing Director.

He was previously at  John Wiley & Sons Ltd where he spent 15 years and held a variety of senior sales positions. He has extensive experience of leading sales teams across a wide range of products and markets, most recently as Wiley’s Europe, Middle East and Africa sales director responsible for library sales growth across the region.

KitPing Au-Yeung, Independent Non-Executive Director at IOP ׽

KitPing Au-Yeung, Independent Non-Executive Director

KitPing Au-Yeung has 28 years of global experience with different multinational corporations in the textile and hospitality industries. She has held various senior leadership positions, worked and lived in Hong Kong, China, Australia, the Philippines, Vietnam and the United Kingdom. KitPing has over two decades of board experiences as an executive and non-executive director for commercial and not-for-profit organisations.

She is an internationally certified Transformative and Results Coach, Neuro Change Practitioner, NLP Coach and Practitioner. 

KitPing is now the Founder & CEO of UTransform Life and Business Limited, a purpose-driven organisation to inspire and support transformative changes in businesses and individuals.

Philip Carpenter, Independent Non-Executive Director at IOP ׽

Philip Carpenter, Independent Non-Executive Director

Philip Carpenter is a Board member and Adviser in the areas of ׽ and Higher Education.  Besides his role as a Non-Executive Director of IOP ׽, he is Pro-Chancellor of the University of York and a member of the University Council.  In addition he advises the board of Kortext Ltd., the UK’s leading digital platform for student learning materials.

Philip’s most recent publishing experience was as Executive Vice President, Research at John Wiley, where he was responsible for the company’s global journals publishing and for related digital services for the research community.  Prior to this, he led Wiley’s publishing for the Humanities and Social Sciences.  He began his publishing career at Blackwell’s, where he was Director, Academic and Science Books, prior to Wiley’s acquisition of the company.

Phil Clarke, Independent Non-Executive Director at IOP ׽

Phil Clarke, Independent Non-Executive Director

Phil Clarke is a Board member and Business advisor, working across several sectors. He is a Non-Executive Director at Riverford Organic Limited and an Independent Governor at De Montford University. Alongside these roles, Phil is also Business advisor to a number of smaller high growth businesses.

In his Executive career, Phil was Chief Operating Officer at The White Company responsible for Finance, I.T., Supply Chain and Business Change. He was also CFO at Ann Summers and Group CFO of the Selfridges Group.

Kersty Drinkwater, Independent Non-Executive Director

Kersty Drinkwater, Independent Non-Executive Director

Kersty Drinkwater is an IOPP Board member and Business Advisor, and also sits on the IOP Audit and Risk Committee. Beyond her role as a Non-Executive for the IOPP and IOP, Kersty is the Group Director of Audit & Risk for Kingfisher plc, a FTSE 100 retail Group.

Her executive career includes roles in both professional services and industry. She has been a partner in PwC LLP and EY LLP, advising organisations across a broad range of sectors on how to effectively identify, manage and assure their key risks. Previously she has held risk and audit senior leadership roles in BP and G4S.

Kersty also chairs the Audit, Risk and Remuneration Committee for St Peters College, Oxford. Prior to this she was a member of the Audit, Risk and Scrutiny Committee for Oxford University.

Eefke Smit, Independent Non-Executive Director

Eefke Smit is Managing Director of the International Publishers Rights Organisation, which represents international STEM publishers in the collection and repartition of copyright fees. For many years she served as the Director of Standards and Technology for STM, the International Association of STM Publishers, to coordinate activities for STM members in the areas of technology developments and standards. Part of this were the annual STM Trends forecast, initiatives on research data, seamless access and authentication, Artificial Intelligence and Digital Preservation.

Eefke has been active in academic and professional publishing for more than 35 years (in physics, mathematics, computer science) and in electronic product development (Scopus, ScienceDirect). She holds a masters’ degree in public administration and started her working life as a writer/ journalist on research and technology (in NRC Handelsblad).

Tara Shears, Independent Non-Executive Director 

Tara is an experimental particle physicist and Professor of Physics at the University of Liverpool, where she leads an experimental particle physics group that works on the Large Hadron Collider beauty (LHCb) experiment at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), Geneva. 

Beyond research, Tara chaired the principal scientific strategic advisory board for the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) (2020-2023), was a member of the 2021 Research Excellence Framework Physics Unit of Assessment panel and has participated in national and international scientific evaluation panels. 

She is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, the Institute of Physics Vice-President for Science and Innovation (2023-2027) and an editorial board member of the IOPP Journal of Physics G.