Institute of Professional Investigators
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The Institute of Professional Investigators


The management of the Institute is vested in a Board of Governors (see right) consisting of elected participants.

Our objects are:

  • To provide an organisation to assist, regulate or control those engaged in investigation
  • To assist participants to improve their academic and business knowledge in investigation by provision of categories of participation based upon an approved examination structure
  • To provide a system of regulation of the conduct of participants to ensure that they operate within such principles and Code of Ethics as the Institute may prescribe
  • To ensure persons engaged in their investigative profession achieve internationally recognised professional academic and vocational standards and distinctions and to improve their technical expertise by promoting, organising and recommending courses, including correspondence courses, seminars, lectures and by other education means and to recommend examination structures for the purpose of enabling participants to carry out Object 2
  • To promote the recognition of professional investigation as a profession by government, law and public Members are required to adhere to the Institute‚Äôs code of ethics.

Code of Ethics

I promise

  • To conduct myself with Honesty, Integrity and uphold the highest Moral Principles and avoid conduct detrimental to my Profession
  • To conduct all investigations within the bounds of Legality, Morality and Professional Ethics
  • To guard my own Professional reputation and that of my Professional Associates
  • To uphold the Objects of the Institute and abide by the Memorandum and Articles of Association of The Institute of Professional Investigators Ltd

The Board of Governors

2018-2019 Officers

Brendan Tolan MIPI

John Bateman MIPI

Board Members
Brian Collins MIPI
Richard Cumming FIPI
Steve Smith MIPI (co-opted)

Secretary General
Barbara Tolan

John G Grant
Ian Hopkins

Life Members
John Black
Roger Bunting
Hamish Cole
Stephen Grant
Ruth Hoffmann
Ian Hopkins
Peter H Jones
Alan Marr
David Palmer
Peter J Robinson
Simon Smith
Brian Walker


Past Principals
1976-1979 J G Grant
1979-1982 M W Thomson* 
1982-1983 B C Peachman* 
1983-1984 D E Byrne
1984-1985 V N Carratu* 
1985-1987 I M Young
1987-1989 P J Robinson
1989-1990 J D Cole* 
1990-1995 P H Jones
1995-1997 H D Cole
1997-1999 S J Grant
1999-2001 A J Marr
2001-2003 D C Palmer
2003-2006 Ian Hopkins
2006-2009 Nicola Amsel
2009-2010 Ian Hopkins*
2010-2014 David Palmer
2014-2017 James Harrison-Griffiths*


* Deceased