Volunteer with IOSH

Be the difference

As an IOSH member, you’re eligible to apply for volunteer roles at IOSH.

Why volunteer with IOSH?

  • Make a difference to the future of IOSH
  • Contribute further to making the world a safer place
  • Boost your career development
  • Give yourself a challenge

Current vacancies

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is responsible for managing the affairs of IOSH and is legally accountable for all the organisation’s activities and results. Trustees will have experience working as a senior manager at a strategic level. As a trustee, you can contribute to IOSH’s development and our vision for a safer and healthier world of work.

Trustee vacancy details

We are looking for two Corporate Members* 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, international development, risk management, 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.

*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).

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 its 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. 

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 resultsensuring 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 – 12:00 BST Sunday 21 August 2022

Interviews are likely to be held on – Wednesday 21 September and Wednesday 28 September 2022


Group volunteers

IOSH has 18 industry specific groups. Each one has a committee that is made up of dedicated volunteers. These volunteers engage with IOSH members, recruit new members, organise activities and support the IOSH brand and strategy.

See here for the competencies required of group committee members.

Applications are now open to join the following group committees.

Apply now to be a group volunteer!


External representatives

Many IOSH members represent IOSH on national and international committees. By working with us as official IOSH representatives they champion our vision for a safe and healthy world of work, promoting IOSH’s policies and positions and ensuring our members’ views are represented at all levels. They also benefit from the support of the largest health and safety organisation in the world.

Our external representatives sit on committees in a range of organisations and industries.

You can apply to be an external representative at any time.


Closed vacancies

Keep and eye out throughout the year for opportunities to volunteer for these other roles.  

Nominations Committee

The Nominations Committee is an advisory committee to Council and tasked with ensuring that key volunteer positions across the IOSH governance structure are filled. IOSH promotes an inclusive environment where we celebrate and value diversity. We welcome applications that represent a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills.

The Committee would benefit from individuals with a range of skills and expertise including knowledge and experience of human resources and recruitment.

What’s involved?

Successful candidates for the Nominations Committee will be expected to:

  • Commit up to 9 days per year to attend up to three committee meetings; spend time between meetings reading and reviewing papers and applications; take part in short listing conference calls; and sit on interview panels.
  • Serve for two or three years initially with the opportunity to be re-appointed up to a maximum term of six years.

This Committee requires a degree of flexibility as dates are set dependent on individuals’ availability at the time. These are voluntary positions and reasonable expenses will be paid when attending face to face meetings.

Full details of what is involved in undertaking the role of Chair or Committee Member can be found in the Nominations Committee Standing Orders.

Volunteer Agreement and Code of Behaviour

All IOSH volunteers are required to sign a Volunteer Agreement. This agreement has been signed by IOSH too, demonstrating our commitment to our volunteers and we ask the same in return. The Code of Behaviour which is referred to in the Volunteer Agreement is ultimately the foundation of the agreement. This Code of Behaviour clearly defines what is expected of IOSH volunteers, provides guidance on upholding IOSH's values, and outlines what you can expect from IOSH. If appointed to the Nominations Committee you will be asked to sign this agreement before being able to undertake your role.


Applications are currently closed.


Council is IOSH’s representative body, providing advice and guidance on strategic, professional and policy issues for the Institution. It represents the views of members to the Board of Trustees and has the key responsibility for choosing who will represent the Institution as President. Any member can stand for Council, but they need to be nominated in the correct way.

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

Applications are currently closed. The application questions will be based on the competency criteria from the Council member role profile.

Applications are anonymised prior to being long listed by a selection panel. A scoring system is used by the panel to select the top scoring 36 candidates. Any candidates that are tied at the rank of 36 shall be progressed to Stage 2.

Stage 2 – Panel Interview

The candidates selected at stage 1 are invited to attend an interview session which includes a 5-minute presentation and two panel questions. A scoring system is used by the panel to short list the top scoring 24 candidates, including any ties at the rank of 24.


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

Prior to voting opening, and through to when voting closes, candidates are permitted to campaign to help the voter understand who they are and what they stand for.

Candidates are required to remain compliant with our electioneering rules throughout. Elected members join Council after the IOSH Annual General Meeting each year and serve for three years.


Applications are currently closed.

Presidential team

The Presidential team works closely with the Institution in an ambassadorial capacity, supporting the delivery of key strategic messages to the membership and globally to the wider occupational health and safety profession.

The President Elect and two new Vice-Presidents are nominated by Council and approved by the membership at its Annual General Meeting. This is also when the President and Immediate Past President are confirmed.

Applications are currently closed.

Board committees

Becoming a Board committee member is the perfect way to demonstrate your abilities, develop your contacts and give something back to your profession.

This opportunity is open to IOSH members at all levels of membership.

What will I achieve in this role?
  • Gain an understanding of strategic decision-making
  • Discuss resources and learn about the direction in which the organisation is going
  • Have a direct impact on the future of the Institution
  • Help the Board fulfil its roles and responsibilities
What’s involved in this role?
  • Commitment to four meetings per year, which may be ad hoc on occasions,
  • Able to spend time between meetings reading and reviewing papers to be informed ahead of your participation in meetings,
  • Commitment to a two-or three-year term.



Applications are currently closed.

Branch volunteers

IOSH has over 40 branches, districts and sections. Each one has a committee that is made up of dedicated volunteers. These volunteers engage with IOSH members, recruit new members, organise activities and support the IOSH brand and strategy.

You can find resources for volunteers, including committee roles and responsibilities, by visiting the Volunteer Portal.

Applications are currently closed.

IOSH Services Limited (ISL) Board 

ISL is the commercial trading subsidiary of IOSH. As a separate legal entity, it is governed by its own Board. The Board is appointed by ISL’s shareholder, the IOSH Board of Trustees. The ISL Board members’ have legal accountability for all activities and results of the company in accordance with the Companies Act 2006.

Applications are currently closed.