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Membership and Professional Development Board - person specification

Board Member person specification

Each Board Member should be able to demonstrate as many as possible of the following skills:

  • Understanding and commitment to the IET and its objectives
  • An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of Board Membership
  • Integrity
  • The ability to make good, independent judgements
  • The ability to develop policy
  • High-level strategic thinking and vision
  • Ability to assess performance
  • Ability to think creatively
  • Willingness to speak their mind
  • Ability to work effectively as a member of a team and to accept consensus decisions and act  upon them
  • Ability to influence, empower and where necessary lead a team
  • Experience in one or more of the sectors of interest to the IET.

The Membership and Professional Development Board as an entity needs skills and experience in the following areas:


  • Strategic leadership of a global organization
  • Governance and non-executive directorship
  • Serving the public interest
  • Strategic planning, and monitoring and evaluating performance in commercial and non-profit organisations
  • Policy development
  • Financial management
  • Risk management
  • Influencing stakeholders
  • Public relations/communication/marketing
  • Understanding the international engineering and technology industry.


  • Training and development of engineers – Corporate or Armed Forces
  • Educational curriculum awareness
  • Knowledge of the Skills agendas of Governments (the UK and overseas)
  • Technician and Apprentice knowledge
  • Diversity and ethical knowledge
  • HE/FE knowledge
  • Knowledge of Qualifications from a Global perspective
  • Knowledge of SMEs in relation to training and development of engineers
  • Knowledge of the IET’s  membership and registration processes and the needs of IET’s members in these areas
  • Good understanding of UK-SPEC.


  • Legal
  • Awareness of young persons' issues.