Director Emeritus


Mike Ryan BSc(Eng) CEng MICE FIDE FIAP

A specialist in construction management systems, Mike worked on projects in Saudi Arabia and the North Sea. He became a Fellow of the IAP in 1987, but in 1990 his career took an unexpected turn when, after 30 years in construction, he suddenly found himself in charge of the IAP when his friend Bob Charles died. But Mike’s broad experience of business has been applied to the IAP with good effect. He has been responsible for a huge increase in its activity, influence and reputation.

Executive Director for Professionalism and Education

Operations Director

Head and shoulders of John Ellis

John Ellis MBCS FIAP(Cmpn)

John began his career more than 35 years ago as a computer operator. Studying in his spare time he quickly progressed to programming, initially in the private sector.

In 1987 John moved to local government and spent 9 years there before moving on again into Insurance, then into the financial sector, designing and writing software for ISAs, Savings Bonds and Child Trust Funds. He is now Operations Director for the Institution.

Married with 4 children, John maintains an active interest in new technologies and writes occasional IT-related articles.

A Fellow since 1992, he joined the IAP Council in 2001. He became a Companion of the IAP in 2009.

John became Technology and Communication director for the Institution in 2011 and Operations Director in 2013.


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Bruce spent 22 years in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, and after leaving the Army, graduated with honours from the Open University. Working mainly for Criminal Justice agencies, he piloted the concept of browser based software and Rapid Application Development using DSDM. He currently leads a development team responsible for case management systems used by Criminal Justice and drug treatment agencies in the southwest. Technical director of TechCo Systems, he specializes in designing browser fronted applications and database driven websites. He has been a member of the Institution since 1992 and became Webmaster in November 2005.