Senior Staff

The Institution is run by a small staff function. Headed up by our Operations Director.
We are lucky to draw upon the advice and experience of Mike Ryan, our previous Director General, who became Director Emeritus upon retirement.

Director Emeritus


Mike Ryan BSc(Eng) CEng MICE FIDE FIAP (Cmpn)

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.

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.