Parrhesia Inc

Advancing Whistleblowing

Ian Foxley

Ian Foxley

Ian is a Veteran with 24 years’ service in the British Army where he commanded an arctic warfare troop, a parachute squadron, and a divisional communications regiment in Bosnia-Herzegovina as part of the United Nations (UN) Peacekeeping mission and Implementation Force. He was a lecturer at the Army Command and Staff College and spent two years in counter-terrorism and a further two years on secondment to the Australian Army where he was the ’Pet Pom’ in the Australian Army Rugby Team.

On leaving the Services, he worked for 14 years in the telecommunications industry until 2010 where, as Programme Director in GPT, an Airbus subsidiary, in a £1.96billion UK/Saudi government defence procurement contract, he uncovered corrupt payments to the Cayman Islands and blew the whistle to the Serious Fraud Office. The resulting prosecution impacted the whole of the Airbus Group, leading to a Euro3.6 billion fine and the replacement of the whole Group Board.

He founded and chaired Whistleblowers UK as a Public Service Organisation offering therapeutic, legal and media support to whistleblowers (2012 – 2015) and Parrhesia Inc (2021 – present), a whistleblowing research think tank focused at providing policy makers with evidence for the reform of legislation on whistleblower protection.

Ian received his PhD in Politics (2023) and an MA in Applied Human Rights (2018) at the University of York and a BSc (Hons) in Applied Science at the Royal Military College of Science in 1981.