Our governance structure and how to get involved

Our organisation is governed by an elected Board of Trustees which manages our property and affairs in accordance with the Royal Charter and Bye-laws. The Board of Trustees is supported by a number of Main Boards and Committees.

Here you can find out the purpose of our Board of Trustees, Main Boards and Committees, the term and commitment, person specifications for members and how you can express your interest or apply.

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Board of Trustees

Purpose

The Board of Trustees comprises the charity trustees of the IET and meets regularly throughout the year to conduct the business of the IET in accordance with the Royal Charter and Bye-laws.

The Trustees have established a structure of Boards and Committees from within the membership to monitor and control key areas of the IET.

This includes three Main Boards – Knowledge Services and Solutions, Membership and Professional Development, and Volunteer Engagement.

Term

Three years

Commitment

Seven meetings per year.

Application process

Call for nominations - November.

Closing date for nominations - January.

Election - February.

Application contact

For more information, please contact us at governance@theiet.org or visit our website.

Council

Purpose

Council is a consultative body that tenders advice to the Board of Trustees and promotes a culture of continuous improvement.

It has the right and responsibility of:

  • tendering advice to the Board of Trustees concerning the conduct of the IET’s affairs generally, including its direction and strategy, and on any other matters referred to it by the Board of Trustees
  • communicating views that are representative of the range of views of members of the IET on these and other matters to the Board of Trustees
  • monitoring the governance of the IET and promoting a culture of continuous improvement.

Term

Three years.

Commitment

Three meetings per year.

Application process

Call for nominations - November.

Closing date for Nominations - January.

Election - February.

Application contact

For more information, please contact us at governance@theiet.org or visit our website.

Audit and Risk Process Committee

Purpose

  • To review and manage all matters relating to internal and external audits and risk management processes.
  • To approve the internal audit programme.
  • To review and advise on the IET’s procedures for detecting fraud and preventing bribery.
  • To review the annual financial statements. To ensure compliance with Delegated Authorisations.

Term

Three years.

Commitment

Four meetings per year.

Application process

Appointed by the Board of Trustees.

Application contact

For more information, please contact us at governance@theiet.org or visit our website.

Finance and Investment Committee

Purpose

To oversee the IET financial framework, the financial performance of the IET, the budgeting process, the management of investments, the performance of the portfolios managed by the investment advisers, significant internal investments and projects, and any detailed financial issues outside the scope of the Audit and Risk Process Committee.

Term

Three years.

Commitment

Four meetings per year.

Application process

Appointed by the Board of Trustees.

Application contact

For more information, please contact us at governance@theiet.org or visit our website.

Nominations and Succession Committee

Purpose

  • To make recommendations to the Board of Trustees for suitable candidates for election or appointment to positions on Boards and Committees, seeking to achieve a balance of skills, demographics, diversity, sectoral knowledge and international membership.
  • To provide a robust and transparent process that is open and attractive to candidates.
  • To manage the lists of potential candidates for current and future positions.
  • To monitor nomination and election processes. To make recommendations for honours and awards.

Term

One or three years.

Commitment

Three meetings per year.

Application process

All positions are ex officio, or appointed by the Board of Trustees or Council.

Application contact

For more information, please contact us at governance@theiet.org or visit our website.

Remuneration Committee

Purpose

To approve:

  • the employment contracts, annual salary and remuneration review and any termination agreements for the Chief Executive and Secretary and the Executive Team
  • the employment policy for all staff, including pension schemes, and any general arrangements for performance-related pay
  • the annual salary budget changes and material changes to staff costs, fees and other remuneration to be paid to any Trustee
  • offers of non-executive directorship or other external appointment made to the Chief Executive and Secretary or members of the Executive Team, whether remunerated or not.

Term

Three years.

Commitment

Two meetings per year.

Application process

All positions are ex officio.

Application contact

For more information, please contact us at governance@theiet.org or visit our website.

Disciplinary Board

Purpose

To hear and adjudicate on allegations of misconduct against IET members referred to it from the Preliminary Investigation Panel and (where necessary) impose sanctions against members who are found to have breached the IET’s Rules of Conduct.

Term

Three years, with the option to renew for one further term of three years subject to satisfactory performance, continued eligibility and approval by the Board of Trustees.

Member specification

IET Member, Fellow or Honorary Fellow.

Commitment

Flexibility required.

Variable depending on the nature of the matter referred. Likely to be between 5 and 15 days per annum.

Must be able to dedicate time to:

  • replying to emails
  • reading papers
  • attending hearings
  • attending training and briefing sessions.

A hearing generally lasts one day, but it may last several days if the case is particularly complex. Hearings take place in the daytime, usually starting at 9.30am.

Recruitment frequency

Every three years.

Application process

Request and complete an application pack.

Successful applicants will be invited to interview.

Application contact

For more information, please contact us at legalandcontracts@theiet.org.

Preliminary Investigation Board (PIP)

Purpose

  • To consider complaints and allegations of misconduct referred to it from the Complaint Secretary
  • To order (where appropriate) a full investigation into the matter being carried out, and
  • To determine if the matter should be referred to the Disciplinary Board.

Term

Three years, with the option to renew for one further term of three years subject to satisfactory performance, continued eligibility and approval by the Board of Trustees.

Member specification

IET Member, Fellow or Honorary Fellow.

Commitment

Flexibility required.

Commitment is variable depending on the nature of the matter referred. Likely to be between five and fifteen days per annum.

Must be able to dedicate time to:

  • reading papers
  • attending meetings with other PIP members where necessary
  • replying to emails
  • writing/contributing to reports, and
  • attending training and briefing sessions.

Recruitment frequency

Every three years.

Application process

Request and complete an application pack.

Successful applicants will be invited to interview.

Application contact

For more information, please contact us at legalandcontracts@theiet.org.

Policy and Insight Panels

Purpose

  • Provide independent timely advice to influence government policy.
  • Convene cross-sector discussions with volunteer experts to inspire insightful thinking.
  • Engage with engineering communities to produce evidence-based thought leadership.
  • Inform the public through accessible and trusted content.

There are ten panels covering the following topics: Digital, Innovation and Skills, Energy, Engineering Health and Safety, Healthcare, Built Environment, Manufacturing, Transport, and for the UK devolved administrations Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Term

Three years, with a possible extension of a further three years with the agreement of the Policy and Insight Manager.

Panel members will normally step down and leave the Panel within six months of retirement or following a non-relevant career change.

Member specification

  • IET membership is preferred, but not required
  • Working at a current senior-level and knowledgeable in their field
  • A high-level understanding of the topic area
  • Preferably has experience and understanding of the policy process.

Commitment

Two physical meetings per year with working group meetings in between. Review documentation/plans during the year.

Chairs are also required to represent the Sector at Strategic Engagement and Partnerships Chairs Meetings twice a year.

Recruitment frequency

Appointments are made to address identified skills needs.

Application process

Appointment of members is made by agreement of the relevant Policy and Insights Panel Chair and associated Lead. Appointments will be based on the recognition of relevant expertise and appropriate position within the topic area of the Panel.

Chair appointments are made by the Board of Trustees on the recommendation of the Nominations and Succession Committee.

Application contact

For more information, please contact us at volunteer@theiet.org.

You can find more information about our Policy Panel members and chairs and our Expert Panels on our website.

Our governance structure chart shows you how our Board of Trustees, Main Boards and Committees all fit together.

If you would like any further information, please contact our Volunteer Support Unit on volunteer@theiet.org.