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Tony McBride, IOP Director of Policy and Public Affairs

Tony joined IOP in January 2020 and leads IOP's policy work, the IOP's work in Ireland, Scotland and Wales and is executive lead for IOP's Productivity Programme.


Tony McBride

The Productivity Programme seeks to unlock the powerful potential of talented individuals, investment, infrastructure, ideas, industry, institutions and international relationships to ensure the UK and Ireland can realise the full benefits of a new industrial era, powered by science, technology and engineering.

As well as overseeing IOP's policy work he helped to develop a new five-year strategy for the organisation.

Tony has worked in the UK non-governmental sector for more than 20 years and has first-hand experience of designing and implementing successful strategies for influencing national and international decision-makers.

Tony first came to IOP in January 2018 as interim director of Policy and Public Affairs while he was running Futura Consulting Ltd. 

He set up Futura in 2016 to work hand-in-hand with leaders in the charity and non-governmental sector to develop and deploy their organisations’ powers of influence. Futura was founded in the belief that well-run charities and NGOs contribute significantly to the public good and have the potential to shape society. During this period Tony worked with the British Academy, Microbiology Society, Academy of Medical Sciences and Federation of European Academies of Medicine as well as IOP.

Before setting up Futura Consulting, Tony was director of the Science Policy Centre at the Royal Society, the UK’s national academy of science, and a senior policy advisor at the CBI, the UK’s leading business organisation. He also held positions at Charities Aid Foundation, YoungMinds and the Haemophilia Society.