Caroline Morgan, a business analyst and long-standing board member, this week took over as Chair of IPSE, the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed.
Caroline has over 20 years’ experience as a business analyst, project manager and business change specialist in both the public and private sectors.
Promoting the positive side of self-employment, Caroline will be calling on Government to extend its “good work” programme to define and promote “good self-employment”.
As well as promoting the interests of all self-employed people in post-Brexit Britain, Caroline will also seek to highlight the opportunities self-employment can create for women, people with disabilities and people embarking on careers later in life.
She said: “IPSE has had an amazing three years under former chair James Collings, and we are all enormously grateful for his hard work in that time. Now I am determined to continue his record and take the organisation on to new successes.
“As the country approaches Brexit, it is now more important than ever that we are talking on the national stage about self-employment and its enormous benefits.
“I want to lead a positive discussion about the opportunities self-employment creates – both for self-employed people themselves and for the individuals and businesses that engage them.
“Self-employment creates opportunities for flexible, rewarding work for hundreds of thousands of people across the UK who might not otherwise even be in the labour market at all: from new mothers to students to people embarking on second careers, particularly later in life.
“Over the coming months and years, I will make sure IPSE is there standing up for the rights and freedoms of these people and all the UK’s self-employed. And not least during Brexit, ensuring we get a deal that works for the self-employed – not just for the benefit of this hugely productive and dynamic sector, but for the good of the entire UK economy.”
James Collings, IPSE’s outgoing Chair, commented: “It’s been a pleasure and a privilege to Chair IPSE over the last three years. In that time, IPSE has done so much not just for our members, but for all freelancers and self-employed people right across the UK. And I have every confidence Caroline will use her remarkable skills and experience to take IPSE on to even greater things in the coming years.”