Mandy Haberman has been appointed non-executive of the Steering Board of the UK Intellectual Property Office.
Mandy is a keen advocate of the importance of IP rights and is committed to raising awareness, educating and campaigning to help make IPR more accessible for SMEs and individuals.
Also appointed with Mandy is Dr Andrew Mackintosh, currently chairman of Sphere Fluidics Limited, a biotechnology tools company aiming to transform the search for new drugs and medicines.
The non-executive directors of the Steering Board provide a valuable external perspective to the IPO. They give influence and access to networks which the organisation would otherwise not have. Their experience helps shape the overall strategy of the IPO and ensures quality and governance are of the highest standards.
Read full news release from the UK Intellectual Property Office here.
As an Executive Agency of BIS, the IPO is directed and controlled by corporate governance rules. This ensures it supplies high quality public services, shares good ideas, controls costs and above all delivers what it is supposed to.
To ensure the IPO acts within these rules, Ministers appoint independent members to sit on a Steering Board. This Steering Board has no executive functions. It advises Ministers, through the Director General, on the strategies that the IPO must adopt. They provide support and challenge to the IPO Executive as part of BIS governance.