Knowledge Services Board

Skills, knowledge and personal characteristics of a member of the board.

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;
  • Ability to influence, empower and where necessary lead a team;
  • Experience in one or more of the sectors of interest to the IET.

The Knowledge Services 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 of the international engineering and technology industry.


  • Web-based information dissemination experience;
  • Scientific/academic publishing knowledge;
  • Conferences/events experience;
  • Sales/advertising/marketing experience;
  • Secondary publishing experience;
  • Understanding of the community dynamic.


  • Legal;
  • Diversity;
  • Awareness of young persons issues.