Council

Council, as the Board of Trustees, has ultimate responsibility for directing the affairs of the Institute, and ensuring that it is solvent, well-run, and delivering the charitable outcomes for the benefit of the public for which it has been set up.

The role of Council can be summarised as follows:

  • Ensuring that the Institute complies with its governing documents, charity law, and other relevant legislation or regulations
  • Ensuring that the Institute pursues its objects as set out in the Royal Charter
  • Ensuring that the Institute applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objects
  • Giving firm strategic direction to the organisation, setting overall policy, defining goals, setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets
  • Ensuring proper and effective use of the Institute’s resources, and maintaining and enhancing the reputation and profile of the Institute
  • Ensuring effective representation of and interaction with the membership
  • Overseeing the processes for election, progression and disciplining of members
  • Overseeing the activities of the Executive
  • Safeguarding the good name and ethos of the Institute.

Council can generally delegate certain powers, but will and must always retain the ultimate responsibility for running the Institute. Given the size of the Institute and its many activities, Council has delegated some powers to standing committees, thus ensuring that the required time and attention is applied to overseeing specific areas of interest. These specific delegations are set out in the relevant committee terms of references.

Membership

The Institute is governed by Council which consists of at least 17 (currently 18) members elected from, and by, the corporate membership, and up to 3 co-opted members who are appointed by Council itself.

The membership of Council, along with the terms of office of members, is set out in the Bylaws.

PositionTerm of office
The PresidentTwo years, not eligible for re-election
The President-electTwo years, then takes office as President
At least three Vice-PresidentsFour years, not eligible for re-election for one year after retirement
The Honorary SecretaryFour years, eligible for re-election for second term
The Honorary TreasurerFour years, eligible for re-election for second term
Ten ordinary membersFour years, not eligible for re-election for one year after retirement
Up to three Co-opted MembersOne year, eligible to be renewed annually for up to three years


Attendance

The Chief Executive and members of the Executive Board attend Council meetings. Other members of staff may be invited to attend.

Council Membership 2013 – 2014

CategoryNameStartEnd
PresidentDr Frances Saunders20122015
President-electProfessor Roy Sambles +20132017
Honorary SecretaryProfessor Stuart Palmer20092017
Honorary TreasurerProfessor Julian Jones20112015
Vice-president, MembershipDr Mike Worboys20132017
Vice-president, EducationMr Philip Britton20122016
Vice-president, BusinessProfessor Alison McMillan20122016
Vice-president, ScienceProfessor Tom McLeish20122016
Ordinary MemberMr Graham Bone20102014
Ordinary MemberProfessor James Hough20112015
Ordinary Member Professor Gordon Love20102014
Ordinary Member Dr David McPhail20102014
Ordinary MemberDr Vladimir Vishnyakov20102014
Ordinary MemberDr Steven Watt20102014
Ordinary MemberMrs Mary Whitehouse20112015
Ordinary MemberDr Barbara Gabrys20132017
Ordinary MemberDr Michael Duncan20132017
Ordinary MemberProfessor John Zarnecki20132017
Co-opted MemberMr Kevin Gell20112014
Co-opted MemberDr Ade Ogunsola20112014
Co-opted MemberMr Geoff McFarland20122015
 + From 2015 to 2017 as President