Lee Davies is the Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys, a role he took up in February 2012. Prior to this, Lee held the position of Deputy Chief Executive of the Institute for Learning, where he was instrumental in reforming and refocusing professional identity in the further education sector. Lee found himself working in the world of membership by accident in 1999, when he became the Secretary and Executive Director of the Thames & Solent District of the Workers’ Educational Association, without realising it was a membership association (the clue being in the name).
Lee describes himself as an association leader who knows stuff about professional identity, leadership, governance, membership and the like. Lee is a passionate advocate for the association sector and is Vice-President and Chair of the Institute of Association Management (IAM), where he leads the Chief Executives’ Forum. Lee has experienced association leadership and governance from both sides of the fence, being a Past President and Board member of the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE).
In his spare time, Lee can be found desperately trying to catch fish from beaches on the Solent, walking his much loved whippet over the rolling south downs or chasing a small rubber ball with a couple yellow dots on it around a squash court, trying to recapture his youth.