Branch Chair

The role of a Branch Chair is to ensure that the Network’s business is organised and run in an efficient and effective manner and to co-ordinate the activities of the Network in line with those of IOSH and its strategy.

The Chair liaises with the Committee Members, the Regional Manager and other IOSH staff. They will also work with network members and external stakeholders.

The Chair's term of office is for one year. They are eligible for re-election for up to a maximum of four consecutive years. Although the Chair is normally a Chartered Member of IOSH, non-Chartered Chairs can apply under certain circumstances.

Key responsibilities are:


  • Ensure that an Annual General Meeting (AGM) is arranged for the election of the officers and committee.
  • Ensure that the elected committee meets regularly and works effectively.
  • Ensure that Extraordinary General Meetings are arranged if required.
  • Ensure that Network finances are managed within IOSH’s guidelines. A branch Chair also has responsibility for the budget of any districts under the branch.
  • Oversee the activities of the Network and ensure compliance with Regulation 15 as detailed in the IOSH corporate manual.
  • Have and exercise a second or casting vote in the event of tied votes on any motion properly put.
  • If the committee are made aware, bring the details of possible professional misconduct of Network members to the attention of IOSH staff.
  • Act as a focal point within the branch to deal with any areas of complaint or dissatisfaction from branch members relating to the activities of the branch.


  • Chair the committee and Network meetings ensuring that business is conducted efficiently, effectively, in a professional manner, within the constitution, and that decisions are suitably recorded and communicated.
  • Co-ordinate the roles and activities of the executive committee to promote the development of the Network by providing what its members and other stakeholders need.
  • To decide how best to assign tasks to individual executive committee members and assist them in fulfilment of their role, as requested.
  • To provide general support to committee members.
  • Work with the Regional Managers, who will liaise with the teams within IOSH, to produce an online branch programme providing details of the agreed schedule of meetings and activities.


  • Ensure that events and projects carried out receive appropriate approval.
  • Ensure that events and projects carried out are in line with IOSH branding guidelines and are suitable for the Institution’s image.
  • Promote and encourage new initiatives that will be of general benefit to the Network and IOSH.
  • To introduce new members to the branch at the earliest opportunity.
  • To oversee the production of a schedule of meetings and activities.


  • To act as a key contact for the branch and co-ordinate correspondence between the branch and IOSH staff.
  • To be one of the main points of contact with the Regional Managers and other IOSH staff.
  • Ensure that committee members and branch members are kept abreast of news, points of interest and developments within IOSH.