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The advisory board's role

IP Inclusive’s advisory board was established by IP Inclusive’s governing body IP Inclusive Management (IPIM) in September 2021. It is a non-executive body made up of individual volunteers from both inside and outside the UK’s IP professions.

The purpose of the Advisory Board is to guide and support IPIM and its executive staff in pursuing IPIM’s objects (see section 2 of the IPIM constitution). It is intended to act as a sounding board and “critical friend”, both informally and in scheduled meetings, and to introduce a range of perspectives to strengthen IP Inclusive.

According to its terms of reference, the Board and its members will, among other things:

  1. Advise on IPIM’s strategies and plans in light of its constitution and objects.
  2. Make recommendations where appropriate based on their knowledge of the IP sector and of relevant best practices elsewhere.
  3. Update IPIM on developments and opportunities they become aware of in the IP sector or in the context of equality, diversity, inclusivity and wellbeing more widely.
  4. Help IPIM take account of the needs and views of the community it serves.
  5. Act as links between (i) IPIM and (ii) the people and organisations they represent or have access to.
  6. Act as ambassadors for the IP Inclusive and Careers in Ideas initiatives.

Like IPIM, the Advisory Board’s objects are to promote and improve equality, diversity, inclusivity and wellbeing in the UK’s IP professions. It too acts for the benefit of the community of UK-based IP professionals and those they work with, and also of those wishing to join that community.

Advisory board members

Sue Antoine (she/her)

South West network committee; Advisory Board

Haseltine Lake Kempner

Carol Arnold

Advisory Board

CIPA Benevolent Association

Julie Barrett

Careers in Ideas team; Advisory Board

PurposiveStep Consulting

Julie Browne (she/her)

Careers in Ideas team; Advisory Board

Shell International

Caelia Bryn-Jacobsen (she/her)

IP Ability committee; Advisory Board

Kilburn & Strode

Ben Buchanan

Advisory Board; Former IPIM Chair

UK IPO

Becky Campbell (she/her)

IP Ability committee; Advisory Board

Mewburn Ellis

Liz Dawson

Advisory Board; Former IPIM Treasurer

Dentons

Pete Fellows

Advisory Board

Fellows and Associates

Jodie Johnson

Advisory Board

Boult Wade Tennant

David Joo (he/him)

Careers in Ideas team; Advisory Board

Aon

Dola Kayode-Temenu (she/her)

Advisory Board

NumberFit

Saiful Khan

Advisory Board

Potter Clarkson

Abdulmalik Lawal (he/him)

IP & ME committee; Advisory Board

Franks & Co

Liam Lawlor (he/him)

Advisory Board

TLIP

Josh McLennon

IP & ME committee; Advisory Board

Kilburn & Strode

Charlene Nelson (she/her)

Advisory Board

Foot Anstey

Carol Nyahasha (she/her)

Careers in Ideas team; Advisory Board

Baron Warren Redfern

Sarah Phillips

IP Non-traditional Family Network co-lead; Advisory Board

Abel + Imray

Megan Rannard

IP Ability committee; Advisory Board

Marks & Clerk

Beatriz San Martín (she/her)

Advisory Board

Arnold & Porter

Rina Sond (she/her)

Advisory Board

Longmores Solicitors

Vanessa Stainthorpe (she/her)

North of England network committee lead; Advisory Board

HGF

Kathryn Taylor

Advisory Board

Ocado Group

Sarah Vaughan (she/her)

Advisory Board

CITMA

Sheila Wallace

Careers in Ideas team; Advisory Board

Marks & Clerk

Membership

The Advisory Board’s members are appointed by IPIM, aiming for a membership of from 10 to 30 people. Membership is open to any individual, other than an IPIM member, who can contribute relevant skills, expertise and perspectives to assist IPIM. Board members do not need to be IP professionals. They can be representatives of an organisation (for example an IP sector membership body) or of an IP Inclusive community, network or working group.

The Board’s current members, appointed on its establishment, are shown in the panel above. Towards the bottom of this page you’ll find some brief information about each of them and the values and experience they bring.

Ben Buchanan is the current Chair.

Membership will usually be for a period of three years, but we hope to stagger re-appointments and recruit at least some new members every year. Keep an eye on this page for information about future vacancies and how to apply.

Advisory board news & info

Meet the Advisory Board

Here are our current Advisory Board members. There are a few more photos and bios to come, so watch this space…!

 

Sue Antoine (she/her)

Photo of Susan Antoine

Head of HR, Haseltine Lake Kempner LLP

I’m a keen advocate and ally for inclusion across teams, sectors and professions with a particular interest in employee engagement, gender and race; a trained mental health first aider; and more importantly a good listener. At work I manage a small, dedicated HR team and am involved in our D&I group, wellbeing and engagement programme and mental health and wellness group. I have spent over 30 years in HR and experienced many different work cultures, leadership styles and work practices but throughout my desire to make a difference has always driven me on. Outside of work I love nature, gardening and exercise as ways to be more mindful and destress.

 

Carol Arnold

Photo of Carol ArnoldRetired CPA/EPA; Honorary Fellow & Former President, IP Federation; Former Associate Counsel (IP) in Shell Intellectual Property Services; Former member of IPIM; Trustee

I have worked in both private practice and in industry and have managed both IP attorneys and IP formalities staff. I am a Trustee of a small disability charity and of the CIPA Benevolent Association.

I have a particularly strong interest in supporting E, D&I in IP sector recruitment to lead to a stronger, diverse IP community.

 

 

Julie Barrett (she/her)

Photo of Julie BarrettOwner/Senior Consultant, Purposive Step Consultancy – supporting IP-related businesses and careers

I’ve spent 40+ years as a Chartered/European Patent Attorney, in private practice (including my own firm) and industry, especially in the life sciences. I’m hugely in favour of and want to progress IP Inclusive’s work and people.

I arrived in the profession from a low socio-economic background, fresh from an ex-polytechnic university at a time when women – especially those with children – were very rare. Since then, I’ve also experienced being a long-term carer, and grappled with depression, close bereavement and other life changes – the latest being the approach of retirement and older age. I’ve also had training in (psychodynamic) counselling and therapy, coaching and mentoring, plus taught academic and careers skills for lawyers, all of which skills I’m happy to make available to IP Inclusive and its members.

 

Julie Browne (she/her)

Photo of Julie BrowneSenior Patent Attorney, Shell International Limited

I am passionate about the aims of IP Inclusive and have a particular interest in widening access to STEM careers and the IP professions, and have been involved in various initiatives in this regard in Shell, IP Federation and IP Inclusive. I am a member of IP Federation Council and Governance Committee and a former IPIM member on behalf of IP Federation. I am also a member of the IP Inclusive Careers in Ideas task force.

 

 

Caelia Bryn-Jacobsen (she/her)

Photo of Caelia Bryn-JacobsenPatent Attorney, Kilburn & Strode LLP

I’m proud to be an active member of IP Ability, chair of CIPA’s Professional Development Working Group, and a member of CIPA’s Educational Committee. At Kilburn & Strode, I chair their charitable fund, Innovation for All. Whether with IP Inclusive, CIPA, or at work, I am an enthusiastic promoter of D&I working to actively encourage and implement improvement.

 

 

Ben Buchanan

Photo of Ben BuchananDeputy Director of Patents, UK Intellectual Property Office

My role at the IPO involves managing three examination teams and serving as a Tribunal Hearing Officer. I incorporate a significant amount of work on Inclusion and Diversity within this role, chairing the IPO I&D Steering Group, leading on I&D for my business area and engaging with the Government Science and Engineering Profession and IP Inclusive. I am a passionate advocate of improving I&D through collaboration and, having chaired IP Inclusive’s previous management committee in a non-executive capacity, am now the chair of the new IP Inclusive Advisory Board.

 

 

Becky Campbell (she/her)

Photo of Rebecca CampbellAssociate, Trade Marks, Mewburn Ellis LLP 

I am passionate about equality and human rights, and use my experiences as a disabled, neurodiverse, bisexual woman to raise awareness and advocate for social progress. This includes serving on the committee of IP Ability, IP Inclusive’s community for disabled people, carers and their allies. I have a keen interest in education, mentorship and social mobility.

Before joining the IP profession, I was shortlisted for a LawWorks & Attorney General award for my pro bono work. Personal interests include digital art, creative writing and gin.

 

Liz Dawson

Photo of Liz Dawson

 

Senior Patent Attorney, Dentons

I’ve been a keen supporter of IP Inclusive since its founding. I’m interested in all aspects of inclusivity and it’s been great to see the flow of ideas for new communities. Within Dentons I have worked with colleagues to increase understanding of neurodiversity. I am currently a tutor for The Access Project teaching physics.

 

 

Pete Fellows

Photo of Pete FellowsManaging Director, Fellows and Associates

I run an intellectual property law recruitment firm. As a consequence I’m very aware of the hiring trends in the sector and the changing attitudes and practices amongst employers and employees. I have worked in the recruitment industry since 1998 in a wide variety of sectors (predominantly professional services) and jurisdictions. Perhaps due to my sales background, which is built upon my academic background in philosophy, I tend to see multiple perspectives – the advantages and drawbacks of an argument or point of view. I’m hopeful that I can add a rigorous and sometimes contrary approach to the Advisory Board.

 

Jodie Johnson

Photo of Jodie JohnsonIT Trainer, Bout Wade Tennant LLP

I am a methodical thinker and process-driven person. I have worked on business improvement technics both within a manufacturing and corporate environment, helped raise over £60K for Age UK Essex and trained diversity and inclusion to 16-18 year olds. I work in London part-time and am a mum of one. I have been in IT training over 10 years and working in the legal sector since 2018.

 

 

David Joo (he/him)

Photo of David JooSenior IP Consultant, Aon Intellectual Property Solutions

I’m an advocate of EDI and focus my volunteering efforts in careers outreach and mental wellbeing.

Before my role as a consultant, I trained to become a patent attorney working in private practice for several years. Combined with my experiences from IP law, I hope to bring insights from outside of the IP profession as we work collectively to tackle EDI issues.

 

 

Dola Kayode-Temenu (she/her)

Photo of Dola Kayode-TemenuIP Paralegal, NumberFit Limited

As someone who values inclusion and diversity, I am open to learning about different cultures and identities. I like to see the best in others and I believe everyone has good qualities if you look.

In the near future, my aim is to qualify as a trade mark attorney and I would be happy to share my experience of joining the IP profession with the next generation of would-be recruits.

 

Saiful Khan

Photo of Saiful KhanPartner, Potter Clarkson LLP

We in the IP community know that a career in this field can be so fulfilling and rewarding. I would like to use my position of privilege to not only help advance wider access to the professions that we represent but also to support ongoing career progression. As an immigrant, who has greatly benefitted from the education, support and opportunities afforded to me, I know life could have been very different for me. I see that there are very talented individuals from diverse communities who will need the support and encouragement to enter and progress in the IP community to ensure our industry is fit to meet future challenges.

 

Abdulmalik Lawal (he/him)

Photo of Abdulmalik LawalPatent and Trade Mark Attorney, Franks & Co Limited

I’m a keen supporter of diversity and inclusivity, and serve on both the IP & ME Committee and the North of England Network Committee. I head the Manchester office of Franks & Co and take a lead role in the business development and growth of the office.

 

 

 

Liam Lawlor (he/him)

Photo of Liam LawlorEuropean and UK Patent Attorney, TLIP Limited

At work, I am a recently-qualified patent attorney working at a small firm in the north of England. I am both a member of and champion of the LGBT+ community. I am also interested in working to increase accessibility to and awareness of the IP industry.

 

 

 

Josh McLennon

Photo of Josh McLennonTrainee patent attorney, Kilburn & Strode LLP

Entering the IP profession in 2019 was an eye-opening experience for me, and the value of the IP Inclusive communities’ work cannot be understated. Quite simply, they allowed me to feel like I belong here; not just tolerated but actively supported. At Kilburn & Strode I am a member of their Diversity Forum and a board member of their charitable fund, the Innovation For All Foundation. In my spare time I also tutor A-Level physics through the charity The Access Project. Serving on the IP Inclusive Advisory Board is an honour and a privilege.

 

 

Charlene Nelson (she/her)

Photo of Charlene NelsonAssociate (Chartered Trade Mark Attorney), Foot Anstey LLP

I have a passion for promoting diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. I did not qualify through the traditional university route and am joint qualified as a Chartered Legal Executive and Chartered Trade Mark Attorney. I am keen to ensure that those from all backgrounds are given the opportunity to practise law and there are no barriers in place to access to legal education and roles. I am a trained mental health first aider and a member of my firm’s D&I Action Group.

 

 

Carol Nyahasha (she/her)

Photo of Carol NyahashaSenior Trade Mark Attorney, Baron Warren Redfern

I have over 18 years of experience within the IP profession. I am passionate about diversity and inclusion as I believe that given the opportunity, we all have a voice and contribution to make to the IP profession and broader society. Having spent my formative years in Zimbabwe, I’ve had to overcome various challenges in my professional life and I am keen to use my experiences to help build a profession which celebrates inclusiveness and diversity not just in form but also in thought. I sit on the CITMA Council and I am a part of the CITMA Diversity and Inclusion Working Group. I am also an active member of the IP Inclusive Careers in Ideas task force, with a particular interest in mentoring upstream recruits interested in entering the IP profession.

 

Sarah Phillips

Photo of Sarah PhillipsAssociate, Abel & Imray

I’m interested in issues surrounding inclusivity in the workplace, flexible working and wellbeing. I’m keen to do what I can to support efforts to improve access to the professions, and enable all to succeed. I’m a solo parent, and a co-lead of the IP Non-traditional Family Network.

 

 

 

Megan Rannard (she/her)

Photo of Megan Rannard

Associate (Registered and Chartered Trade Mark Attorney) at Marks & Clerk LLP

I am highly committed to raising awareness, and promoting inclusion and equality for disabled professionals in particular based on my personal experiences with an invisible disability. I am also a committee member for IP Ability (the IP Inclusive community for disabled people, carers and their allies) and a keen advocate for diversity and equality across the board in the IP sector.

 

 

Beatriz San Martín (she/her)

Photo of Beatriz San MartinPartner, Arnold & Porter

I am driven by fairness, equality and social justice. At work, I manage a team of people and am involved in a number of D&I affinity groups and initiatives including the Women’s Initiative for Success and Empowerment (WISE) and the Attorney Community Championing Our Racial Diversity (ACCORD). I have also worked on a significant number of pro-bono matters since joining my current firm. I am fully committed to the IP Inclusive cause and am looking forward to guiding and supporting the work of IP Inclusive Management. Out of work, I enjoy time with my family with Friday movie night and pizza becoming a bit of a quasi-tradition since the Covid-19 pandemic. I am also a keen knitter and enjoy the freedom of cycling.

 

Rina Sond (she/her)

Photo of Rina SondCommercial and IP Partner, Longmores Solicitors LLP

I look forward to bringing my legal skills and experience to the Advisory Board of IP Inclusive. I am Vice-Chair of the Association of Asian Women Lawyers (AAWL), an organisation which seeks to promote diversity and inclusion within the legal profession. I volunteer at the University of Hertfordshire’s award-winning law clinic and am a Legal 500 recommended lawyer.

 

 

Vanessa Stainthorpe (she/her)

Photo of Vanessa StainthorpePartner and Patent Attorney, HGF Limited

Involved in IP Inclusive since its launch, I now lead the North of England network which I set up in 2019. I am HGF’s Board sponsor for equality, diversity and inclusion, a trained mental health first aider and leader of HGF’s own internal EDI Focus Group.

 

 

 

Kathryn Taylor

Photo of Kathryn TaylorIP Technical Assistant, Ocado Group

I think IP Inclusive are doing excellent work in making the IP sector more accessible to everyone, and am looking forward to serving on the Advisory Board. I have been involved in Women in IP, IP Out, and IP Futures events, as well as sitting on the Midlands Network committee. In my capacity as Blog, Website, and Social Media Editor of the CIPA Informals, I regularly use my platform on the Yellow Sheet blog to promote IP Inclusive events to trainee patent attorneys, as well as organising events like the Wellbeing Coffee Club and Summer Park Meets and supporting mental health/wellbeing initiatives. I try to “join the dots” between different groups in our small and interconnected community wherever I can.

I started my career as an engineer working in R&D, and when the opportunity arose I made the move from engineering into intellectual property, first managing the IP portfolio of a small engineering consultancy and then moving to Ocado’s in-house team. I am working towards qualification as a UK and European patent attorney.

 

Sarah Vaughan (she/her)

Photo of Sarah VaughanEvents Manager, CITMA

I am passionate about promoting diversity and inclusion through events to reach new audiences and encourage greater representation and access to the profession. At CITMA I curate our annual events and training programme by working closely with our network of volunteer committees, including the Diversity and Inclusion Working Group which I am a member of. Through our programme of diversity- and inclusion-themed events I hope to encourage and facilitate greater engagement in our work to enhance the profession and the organisation, inspiring a positive, healthy, and inclusive culture.

 

 

Sheila Wallace

Partner, Marks & Clerk LLP

Sheila’s photo and bio will follow soon.

 

More information

You can find out more about the Advisory Board, its work and its relationship with IPIM, in its terms of reference here.

The IPIM constitution, which establishes the basis for the advisory board, is here.