Key branch officers

The descriptions listed below provide an overview of some of the roles on branch and district committees. The roles vary across networks.

These role descriptions should be read in conjunction with the Volunteer Principles and Chair Principles.

The Branch Chair has responsibility for co-ordinating the activities of the branch or district, ensuring that IOSH’s aims, objectives and strategy are met. They will:

  • Lead the committee.
  • Chair branch or district meetings and committee meetings.
  • Be an 'ex officio' member of any districts that the branch oversees.

The Branch Vice-Chair assists the Chair in co-ordinating the activities of the branch or district. They will:

  • Often, although not always, be voted as Chair for the next term.
  • Often stand in for the Chair at meetings or events.

The Branch Secretary co-ordinates the administration of the branch or district, and maintains all relevant documents and correspondence, including action notes from committee meetings. They will:

  • Receive, record and respond to all branch or district correspondence, working with head office staff when necessary.
  • Liaise with other Networks and head office staff, as required.

The Branch Treasurer holds day-to-day responsibility for all financial affairs of the branch or district. They will:

  • Liaise with staff at head office about the financial affairs of the branch or district.
  • Prepare branch or district budgets, annual accounts and statements to the required timescales, working with other committee members and head office staff when necessary.

A Branch Communications Coordinator is the main link between the branch or district and the Communications team at head office. They will:

  • Coordinate, brand and check all content for the branch or district pages on the IOSH website.
  • Suggest campaign-themed branch or district events, and liaises with the Communications team to request content and collateral.
  • Along with the Chair, work with Media  on media planning, assessing which outlets to target and how to target them.

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