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Council appoints first independent member to Nominations Committee

Recommendations for eight new members, including one independent, to join the Nominations Committee were approved by IOSH Council during its two-day meeting on 12-13 October.

This follows a thorough review of the committee, to ensure that its membership, processes and procedures are in line with best practice and sufficient to support the activities it carries out on behalf of Council and the Board of Trustees (BoT) to fill key volunteer vacancies.

One recommendation of the review was to recruit for vacant positions on the committee, including an independent role, which will bring additional human resources expertise that is vital when recruiting for any position.

New appointees Steve George, Alan Haigh, Matthew Jackson, Melissa Mark-Joyce, Dominique Perrissin-Fabert, David Porter, Sherry White and independent Laura Aucott will join Stewart Crowe and Lisa Fowlie, who have both been reappointed.

Lou Hall, Head of Governance at IOSH, said: “The Nominations Committee plays a crucial role in ensuring that the right people are recruited to the BoT and assists with the selection processes for the Board Committees, Council and the Presidential Team.

“We’ll soon be seeking a Chair to take the committee forward, and a further two members, so look out for our communications. In the meantime, anyone who would like to register their interest can email the Governance Team.

This was just one of the items discussed as part of a busy agenda at the Council meeting.

Attendees also heard from Dr Peter Bonfield, Chair of the BoT, who presented the Council Assurance Report. The information it contains – about key activities and decisions – is just one of the ways that Council members hold the Board to account, and this time included:

  • key strategic decisions taken by the Board, including approval of the progression to the planning phase of concepts for the new five-year strategy that will succeed WORK 2022
  • a summary of key activities being undertaken by Board Committees, for example receiving updates on the branch election process, and consideration of the budget proposal for 2022/23
  • updates on IOSH’s Covid-19 response, risk management, financial position and systems implementation.

A new report prepared by Council, which presents to the wider membership a summary of actions it has taken to hold the IOSH BoT to account in 2020-2021, was approved for inclusion as a resolution to the Annual General Meeting agenda. Taking place on 16 November at 13:00 (GMT), this will be the second AGM to be held virtually and all IOSH members are invited and encouraged to attend.

One of the purposes of the AGM is to approve the appointment of the new President-Elect and Vice-Presidents. Council members nominated Lawrence Webb as the next President-Elect, while Angela Abbs, Joanne Price and Richard Bate were nominated as Vice-Presidents.

In other matters, Council members received an update regarding activities of the Presidential Team, giving praise to them for using virtual platforms to travel the world and continuing to undertake their ambassadorial duties during the pandemic.

Anne Isaacs, IOSH Benevolent Fund (IBF) Trustee, also delivered a bi-annual report on behalf of the IBF, which provides practical assistance to members experiencing hardship. As always, Council recognised the invaluable work of the IBF and continues to encourage anyone going through difficult times to utilise this membership benefit.

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