Board committees

Our four Board Committees support the IOSH Board of Trustees in fulfilling their roles and responsibilities to the Institution. This committee structure has been designed to reflect best governance practice and helps us to continue the modernisation of our organisation.

We have four Board Committees:


We are currently looking for an IOSH member to sit on the Policy and Standards Committee (PSC) and an IOSH member to sit on the Audit and Risk Committee (ARC). These committee member vacancies are open to IOSH members at all levels of membership. You can view the full terms of reference, which detail the committees’ responsibilities, below. 

What’s in it for me?

Becoming a Board committee member is the perfect way to demonstrate your abilities, develop your contacts and give something back to your profession. You’ll gain an understanding of strategic decision-making, have the opportunity to discuss resources and learn about the direction in which the organisation is going, as well as having a direct impact on the future of the Institution, helping the Board fulfil its roles and responsibilities.

What’s involved?

Volunteering to sit on a Board Committee requires you to commit to attend four meetings per year, although it may be necessary on occasion to hold additional, ad hoc meetings.

You’ll also be required to spend some time between meetings reading and reviewing papers in order to be informed ahead of your participation in meetings. The successful individuals will be appointed for a two- or three-year term. Terms of office are staggered to ensure continuity.

I’m interested, what do I need to do?

Simply complete the relevant application form by clicking the link below:

Policy and Standards Committee skills matrix/application form

Audit and Risk Committee skills matrix/ application form

Completed applications should be submitted to governance@iosh.com by 17:00 (GMT) on Thursday 25 February 2021.

Applications will be short listed and successful applicants will be invited for interview, held by video conference between Tuesday 06 and Friday 16 April 2021. The interview panel will consist of the relevant Board Committee Chair and two members of the Nominations Committee.

These are voluntary positions however reasonable expenses will be paid whilst in post.

If you have any queries regarding the roles or would like to discuss them in more detail email governance@iosh.com.


Finance and Investment

The Committee is responsible for aligning the use of resources (financial, workforce and assets) with the strategic direction of the organisation and support the Board of Trustees in meeting its fiduciary duties.

View the full terms of reference here. 

Performance and Development

The Committee will ensure IOSH is accountable to its members and enhance the value of the profession for the benefit of IOSH members in accordance with IOSH’s Charitable Objectives. 

View the full terms of reference here.

Audit and Risk

The Committee will receive assurance that IOSH internal controls and risk management processes are fit for purpose, protect the integrity of the IOSH brand and are consistent with current UK good practice.

View the full terms of reference here.*

There is currently a vacancy for a member to sit on this committee. View the top of this page for more details.

*The Audit and Risk Committee Terms of Reference are currently under review and will be updated in due course.

Policy and Standards

The Committee will ensure the alignment of IOSH with national and global developments, sector policy and standards. It will also support the Board of Trustees to put in place the framework, currently WORK 2022, setting out the values, culture and behaviours of the Institution that will help deliver its core purpose. 

View the full terms of reference here.

There is currently a vacancy for a member to sit on this committee. View the top of this page for more details.

  • Desired specific knowledge and skills (in addition to the criteria on the application form): Individuals with current or previous experience of working in the vocational/further/higher education or professional qualifications sectors (not necessarily H&S subject area as this could create conflicts of interest)
  • Specialist expertise and ability to scrutinise regulation and policies
  • Understanding of UK education framework(s) and fit with other countries’ qualifications and credit frameworks
  • Experience of assessment under Ofqual/QAA standards (or similar). 
  • Understanding of the role of competencies in designing professional standards