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How do I apply to become a Council member?

Applications are now closed.

Membership of Council is open to all members of IOSH. Candidates must be a member of IOSH with a current subscription and up to date Continued Professional Development (CPD) at the time of application (where CPD is a requirement of their membership category).

Stage 1 – Applications  

Candidates must submit an electronic application form via the nomination site. The application questions will be based on the competency criteria from the Council member role profile.

Applications will be anonymised prior to being long listed by a selection panel. A scoring system will be used by the panel to select up to a maximum of 36 candidates.

Stage 2 – Panel Interview 

The candidates selected at stage 1 will be invited to attend an interview session which will include a 5-minute presentation and two panel questions. A scoring system will be used by the panel to short list up to a maximum of 24 candidates.


The 24 short-listed candidates will be put forward to the membership for election to Council. Candidates will be required at this stage to submit a video and statement which will be included on the candidate information and voting site.

From 6 September onwards, and through to when voting closes, candidates will be permitted to campaign to help the voter understand who they are and what they stand for. Prior to voting opening IOSH will be hosting two husting webinars, which candidates have been given the opportunity to attend, to answer questions from members about their candidacy prior to voting opening.

If you would like to attend either of the webinar’s, please register now by clicking on the links below:

Tuesday 7th September 2021 (12pm – 1pm (BST))
Thursday 9th September 2021 (12pm – 1pm (BST))

Candidates must remain compliant with our electioneering rules throughout.

Those elected will join the Council after our Annual General Meeting in November and will serve for the next three years.

How do I vote in this year’s Council election? 

Voting opens: 13 September 2021
Voting closes: 14 October 2021 at 5:00pm (BST)

All eligible members will receive an email from Mi-Voice, an independent organisation managing the election process, on Monday 13 September and a series of reminders after that. The email will detail your unique voter code, which will allow you to see who’s in the running and vote for your preferred candidate(s).

We strongly recommend you take the time to consider the candidate videos and statements and vote for who you would like to represent you, as the voice of the membership.  

Why you should make your vote?

  • IOSH’s Council represent the views of members across the globe to the Board of Trustees.
  • Council advise and give guidance on matters of strategy and policy relating to the objects of the Institution, on issues relevant to members, on the membership of IOSH and on the occupational safety and health profession.
  • Council carefully considers information and evidence provided by the Board of Trustees in order to enable it to ensure that the Board of Trustees is acting in the best interests of the Institution and its members.
  • Council considers regulations made by the Board of Trustees in accordance with the provisions of the Byelaws, Rules specifically relating to Council elections, Vice-President elections and casual vacancies on Council, resolutions and proposed changes to the Charter and Byelaws.
  • Council also considers any other matters relevant to the business of Council, including scrutinising papers, leading discussions, and focusing on key issues.