Join the Board of Trustees

Trustee vacancy details

We are looking for a Corporate Member* to join the Board who can demonstrate strategic vision, sound commercial acumen, excellent communication skills and help occupational safety and health flourish on a global level. In addition, we are particularly keen to hear from members who have experience in areas of equality, diversity and inclusion and a regulated environment.

Overall, we are keen to encourage people from a wide range of backgrounds to ensure we have a diverse and inclusive Board.

Why become an IOSH Trustee?

Being a Trustee of IOSH can be highly rewarding on both a personal and profession level. Your involvement in strategic discussion and decision making will help to ensure that IOSH continues to flourish and achieves it vision of ‘a safe and healthy world of work’. It can also provide development opportunities, enhance your transferable skills and expand your network and sphere of influence.

Hear from Peter Bonfield OBE FrEng, IOSH Chair of the Board of Trustees, about why this is a very exciting time to join the IOSH Board of Trustees. 

Read his message 

Who are the Board of Trustees?

The Board of Trustees is appointed by Council and ensures efficient and effective governance and management of IOSH through the Chief Executive and the Senior Leadership Team, who make the day-to-day operational decisions. The Trustees are legally accountable for all IOSH activities, assets and results, ensuring compliance with the charity objects, its governing documents and all relevant legislation and regulation. It regularly reviews its effectiveness, its relationship with Council and its understanding of the views of members, ensuring alignment of strategy with the objects of the Institution.

The Board consists of five Corporate Members, five Independents (non-members of IOSH) and the Chairman, who is also Independent.

There are four Committees of the Board, which are chaired by Trustees - Audit and Risk; Finance and Investment; Performance and Development, and Policy and Standards. These Committees support the Board of Trustees in fulfilling its roles and responsibilities.

What does being a Trustee involve?

Being a Trustee is a responsible position and, overall, there are six main duties - ensure your charity is carrying out its purpose for the public benefit; comply with your charity’s governing document and the law; act in your charity’s best interests; manage your charity’s resources responsibly; act with reasonable care and skill, and ensure your charity is accountable. More information about what’s involved in being a Charity Trustee can be found here.

As an active role it requires a willingness to devote the necessary time and effort to fulfil the duties of a Trustee. There is a time commitment of 12 days a year, inclusive of Board meetings, development days and Board Committee meetings. Trustees are usually appointed for a period of three years, with eligibility for a second three-year term (maximum of six years), although terms can be slightly different if there is a necessity to stagger to maintain continuity.

The role is unremunerated, however reasonable expenses will be paid.

For more information, take a look at the role profile. You can also call Laura Miles, for an informal discussion, on + 44 (0)116 2573190 or + 44(0) 7870983081.

How do I apply?

To apply for this position, please email the following documents to governance@iosh.com:

  • a comprehensive CV, including details of your achievements in each role
  • a supporting statement highlighting your key strengths and how you feel you meet the criteria for this role (as outlined in the role profile).

Closing date – Tuesday 25 May 2021

Interviews are likely to be held on – Wednesday 16 June or Thursday 17 June 2021


*A Corporate Member is a Chartered Member, Chartered Fellow, or Retired Member or Retired Fellow (former Chartered Members and Chartered Fellows who have retired from health and safety practice and who no longer undertake CPD).