Internet Watch Foundation Welcomes New Independent Chair and Trustees
12 January 2012
The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) is delighted to announce the appointment of a new Chair and two new Trustees.
Sir Richard Tilt is the new Independent Chair alongside Peter Neyroud CBE, QPM and Philip Geering who join the Board as Independent Trustees. All new appointees take up their posts with immediate effect.
Sir Richard Tilt
Sir Richard joined the Prison Service in 1966 as a graduate entrant rising to Director-General in 1994. He was an NHS Chair from 2000 until 2006 and was the Social Fund Commissioner for nine years until 2009. In 2005 he was appointed Chair of the Social Security Advisory Committee, a post which he held until 2011. He was a Governor of de Montfort University from 2001-2010 and was knighted in 1999.
Peter Neyroud CBE, QPM
Peter completed a distinguished police career culminating as Chief Constable of Thames Valley followed by various leadership roles at the National Policing Improvement Agency. He directs a major research programme at Cambridge University into Crime Harm and provides training, leadership development and consultancy nationally and internationally. He is a widely published author of books, articles and papers on policing and a Visiting Professor at the University of Chester.
Philip joined the Crown Prosecution Service upon its establishment in 1986 rising to Director of Policy in 2000. From 2007 until 2011 he was a Director at the Independent Police Complaints Commission, responsible for policy, research, strategy and communications. Philip is also a Non-Executive member of the Legal Services Group Board at the Department for Business, Innovation, and Skills and a Panellist for the General Medical Council's Fitness to Practise Panels.
Sir Richard Tilt, IWF Independent Chair, said: “I am delighted to be joining a very effective organisation which makes a vital contribution to child protection.”
Dr Suzy Walton, IWF Independent Vice-Chair, said: “On behalf of the IWF Board of Trustees I am pleased to welcome Sir Richard, Peter and Philip to their new roles. We received applications from many individuals with strong experience and skillsets; however we felt Sir Richard, Peter and Philip had the exact qualities to enhance the Board and take it forward into 2012 and beyond. The IWF works in an ever-changing regulatory and technological environment and we feel our new appointees will ensure we stay relevant and focused. I am very much looking forward to working with them all.”
Sir Richard takes the reins from Eve Salomon who stood down at the end of her three year term on 1 January 2012. Peter and Philip take over from Stephen Locke and Professor Alisdair Gillespie who stood down in 2011. We thank Eve, Stephen and Alisdair for their contribution to the organisation and wish them well in their future plans.
About the IWF Board
IWF is managed by a single Board of 10 members, comprising six
independent trustees, three industry trustees, and an independent Chair.
Industry trustees are chosen by the Funding Council which is comprised of
representatives from the IWF’s member companies.
The role of the Board is to monitor and review the IWF's remit, strategy, policy and budget in order to enable the IWF to achieve its objectives.
Independent Board members, including the Chair, are chosen by an open selection procedure following advertisements in the national press.
Board member appointments are subject to IWF
vetting policy and their responsibilities are described in a Board
Board Members' are required to notify the Chief Executive within one month of their appointment of any financial interests that could reasonably be regarded as relevant to the work of IWF, see register of financial interests.
About the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF)
The IWF was established in 1996 by the internet industry to provide the UK internet Hotline for the public and IT professionals to report criminal online content in a secure and confidential way. The Hotline service can be used anonymously to report content within our remit:
- child sexual abuse images hosted anywhere in the world;
- criminally obscene adult content hosted in the UK;
- non-photographic child sexual abuse images hosted in the UK.