Membership and Professional Development 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 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 of 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 (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.