Governance and accountability

As with all membership organisations, there are several levels of governance and accountability that make up the overall structure.

The Networks (branches, districts, sections and groups) are the local presence of the Institution and play a key role in engaging members and non-members with events and activities, as well as in steering the strategic direction of the Institution.

Sitting above the Networks are three tiers of governance: the IOSH Council, the Board of Trustees and the Networks Committee.

Governance tiers

IOSH Council. Council is made up of elected members and the Presidential team. Its primary roles are to hold the Board of Trustees to account for its performance against key responsibilities on behalf of members, and debate key strategic, professional and policy issues.

Board of Trustees. Board of Trustees (BoT) is appointed by the IOSH Council and has legal accountability for all IOSH activities and results. The BoT meets at least four times per year and is made up of six IOSH members, four independents (non-IOSH Members) and the Chief Executive. Trustees are required to go through a formal recruitment process and their appointments are ratified by Council.

Each BoT meeting discusses one off items as required, and also considers:

  • strategic development
  • safety and health
  • finance
  • minutes of the standing committees (Networks Committee, Professional Ethics Committee, Research Committee, Risk Management and Audit Committee and Professional Standards Committee).
  • minutes of the Nominations Committee and Council

Networks Committee. The Networks Committee (NetCo) is the next tier of governance for all Networks (branches, districts, sections and groups). The Networks Committee is appointed by the Board of Trustees and provides IOSH staff with advice and support on a range of issues. The Networks Committee has the authority to convene Member Advisory Panels (MAPs), ask them to provide peer advice on issues or policy and, where appropriate, to disband them. The Committee meets four times a year and is provided with a report on the activity of all the Networks. The report highlights good practice and innovation, and any trends that are causing concern. The Networks Committee provides two reports per year to the Board of Trustees, and one to Council.

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