Our Strategy & Advisory Board supports and challenges us as an organisation to:

  • Assess, support and challenge strategic plans
  • Help monitor the progress of PARN in fulfilling plans
  • Assess directions and ideas for business development
  • Evaluate financial viability and risk management in the context of PARN's mission, vision and values


Meet our Board

Rob Strange OBE

Rob was CEO of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) from 2001 until 2013, but he'd been Deputy Chief Executive since 1997. Rob oversaw over eleven years of unprecedented growth in membership numbers and financial performance, four strategic plans, two extensions to head office, a new customer relationship management system, the introduction of individual Chartered membership and the development a new corporate governance structure. He’s been in numerous TV and radio interviews and chaired parliamentary dinners and conferences, speaking on a range of topics including health and safety, governance, outsourcing and membership development. Rob is also a Trustee and a Non Executive Director of several boards, and has recently taken up the post of CEO of The Association for Project Safety.

Simon Sperryn

Simon has 25 years experience as CEO of business representative bodies at local, regional and national level. As a professional lobbyist, he is used to working at the interface of public and private sectors. He worked as the CEO of the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry for ten years and was also a director of the British Chambers of Commerce and Industry. As a keen supporter of vocational education, he has served on a wide range of governing bodies, including schools, colleges, training councils, industry partnerships and a business school.

Philippe Rossiter

Philippe spent 30 years in the British Army as a catering specialist. On leaving the Army, he was appointed to the staff of the Defence Attaché at the British Embassy in Paris, before assuming the post of Chief Executive of the Institute of Hospitality in September 2002. He has recently left the Institute and has assumed the role of Executive Secretary to the Master Innholders, a small association of elite hoteliers. Throughout his career, he has been involved with a number of initiatives related to education and professional development in hospitality industry. He is chairman of the advisory board to the Swiss Education Group, a member of the Automobile Association’s Hospitality Awards Panel and current President of the Réunion des Gastronomes.

Diane Burleigh OBE

Diane is the former CEO at the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx). Under her leadership CILEx gained a Royal Charter, its Fellows new independent practice rights and eligibility for judicial appointment. Previous roles include Deputy Director of Policy at the Law Society of England and Wales, and extensive experience in private practice and in-house as a solicitor. For 10 years Diane was a Judge of the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal in England. Diane chaired a group developing National Occupational Standards and a Framework for Foundation Degrees in the Legal Advice sector. She is closely involved in apprenticeship developments. Diane guided the introduction of CILEx’s regulator ILEX Professional Standards Limited.  She received an OBE for her contribution to the legal profession and legal services. Diane is a council member of “Justice” and a Director of the National Pro Bono Centre. She was a governor of a secondary school for 15 years, including 5 years as Chair.