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Independent Trustee – Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH)

Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH)

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We’re looking for an individual with strategic leadership experience in digital communications or global business development to support our mission of: 'A safe and healthy world of work'.

  • Location: Leicester, Leicestershire
  • Salary: Voluntary with reasonable expenses
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About the organisation

Founded in 1945, The Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) is the world’s leading chartered professional body for people responsible for safety and health in the workplace – with more than 47,000 members in over 130 countries and we are seeking a new Independent Trustee to join our Board.

We work with a range of national and international organisations to raise awareness, and standards, developing training for schools and businesses, and running campaigns that are relevant to millions of working people. As well as lobbying governments on policy and law, we accredit qualifications for our members, give guidance, develop resources and run courses and events. By working together, we will all achieve a safer and healthier world of work, and IOSH can lead the way to be a leader of the profession, a respected partner in business, and an organisation of global reach.

Millions of people have their lives severely affected because of the work they do, with illness, injury and death all too common. So, if you want to make a difference and be involved in making the world of work globally safer this is a great opportunity to get involved.

We are in the middle of delivering momentous change as we successfully work through implementing our ambitious five-year strategy WORK 2022 – shaping the future of safety and health, underpinned by an organisation-wide transformation programme ‘Transforming Together’.

You will be working with like-minded, committed and motivated professionals on the Board, as we continue to build a legacy of going beyond just making work safe by preventing accidents and injuries. We strive to create a healthier world of work which provides people with a good quality of life, a sense of well-being and positive health benefits.

IOSH website: iosh.co.uk
Annual reports: https://exclusive.iosh.com/more/about-us/annual-report/


Independent Trustee

The Charity Commission’s guidance document ‘The essential trustee: what you need to know, what you need to do’ identifies the six main duties of a trustee:

  • ensure the charity is carrying out its purpose for the public benefit;
  • comply with the charity’s governing document and the law;
  • act in the charity’s best interests;
  • manage the charity’s resources responsibility;
  • act with reasonable care and skill and ensure the charity is accountable.

You will have experience of operating at a senior strategic level with a strong commercial acumen, as well as an understanding of governance and the fundamental duties and responsibilities of a trustee. Ideally you will also have a background and/or experience in either digital communications or global business development.

As an active role, it also requires a willingness to devote the necessary time and effort to fulfil the duties of a trustee. There is a time commitment of 12 days a year, inclusive of Board meetings, development days and Board Committee meetings. Trustees are usually appointed for a period of three years, with eligibility for a second three-year term (maximum of six years), although terms can be slightly different if there is a necessity to stagger to maintain continuity.

To ensure we have a diverse and inclusive Board, with different skills and perspectives, we welcome all applications that meet the person specification, particularly from women and black, Asian and minority ethnic candidates as these characteristics are underrepresented on the Board.

The role is unremunerated, however reasonable expenses will be paid.

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential chat, please contact our executive search team at Peridot Partners:

Liz Holderness on liz@peridotpartners.co.uk or 07872 031079

If you would like to know more about this role please contact Liz Holderness

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Dear Candidate,

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Thank you for your interest in joining the Board of Trustees at The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).

IOSH is the world’s leading chartered professional body for people responsible for safety and health in the workplace and its members have a significant and positive impact on the health, safety and well-being of working people, providing a powerful voice for change and improvement.

This is a very exciting time to join the Board of Trustees as we are in the middle of delivering great change as we implement our ambitious five-year strategy, ‘WORK 2022′ – shaping the future of health and safety, underpinned by an organisation-wide transformation programme ‘Transforming Together’. These provide greater focus for IOSH, and we have seen significant growth in both our membership and the success of our commercial activities.

We are looking for an Independent Trustee to join the Board who can demonstrate strategic vision, sound commercial and financial acumen, excellent communication skills and an interest in improving occupational safety and health on a global level. We seek an Independent commercial individual with expertise in either digital communications or global business development. Overall, we are keen to encourage people from a wide range of backgrounds to have a diverse and inclusive Board.

It will be important for our Trustees to understand the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship; be able to personally deliver against agreed actions and have the capability to contribute constructively and regularly at meetings, whilst maintaining total integrity whilst in post.

If you believe you have the skills, experience and qualities we are seeking, I very much hope you will want to join us and be part of our exciting future to help shape IOSH to support its mission to create: ‘a safer and healthier world of work’.

Thank you for your interest and we look forward to hearing from you.

Bill Gunnyeon
Chair of the Board of Trustees, IOSH

Join the world's leading chartered professional body for people responsible for safety and health in the workplace

IOSH is incorporated by Royal Charter and is a charitable company. Its Council, Presidential team, Board of Trustees and a network of committees makes up the structure of the organisation and undertakes corporate governance:

The Board

The Board of Trustees consists of five Corporate Members of the Institution, five Independents (non-members of the Institution) and the Chairman, who is also Independent. The Board is responsible for managing IOSH’s affairs with legal accountability for all activities and results of the Institution.

There are also four Committees of the Board which are chaired by Trustees; Audit and Risk; Finance and Investment; Performance and Development and Policy and Standards. These Committees support the Board of Trustees in fulfilling its roles and responsibilities.


Join IOSH at a very exciting time

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Why become an IOSH Trustee?

Being an IOSH Trustee will:

  • be highly rewarding by being involved in making the global world of work safer;
  • provide development opportunities;
  • build on your transferable skills;
  • expand your network and sphere of influence;
  • broaden your knowledge of the health and safety profession;
  • be involved in strategic debates and decision making.

One of our Independent Trustees, Neal Walker, says: “The experience of being on the Board has been great as I have increased my network, learnt to work with new people.” – See why Neal thinks you should join the Board!

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If you would like an informal conversation about the role you can contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Liz Holderness on liz@peridotpartners.co.uk or 07872 031079.

To apply, please submit a CV and supporting statement (the supporting statement should be a maximum of two sides of A4) that clearly outlines your suitability for the role against the criteria provided in the person specification. It would also be helpful to provide an explanation of your interest and motivation in applying for this position within your supporting statement.

Please ensure that your application is emailed to response@peridotpartners.co.uk inserting “Independent Trustee, IOSH” into the subject field.

We wish to encourage applications regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, age or religion or belief. All applications will be considered solely on merit.

Disabled applicants are invited to contact us in confidence at any point during the recruitment process to discuss steps that could be taken to overcome operational difficulties presented by the job, or if any adjustments or support are required regarding the recruitment process.


Closing date: Wednesday 12th June 2019
Candidates informed of outcome: Tuesday 25th June
Formal panel interviews (London): Thursday 4th July

Equal Opportunities Monitoring

Peridot and IOSH are committed to promoting equality and diversity. To help us raise awareness and support a culture that is diverse and recognises and develops the potential of all, we need to appreciate the profile of candidates who apply for positions. We would therefore be most grateful if you would complete this equality monitoring survey.

The information will be treated confidentially and anonymously and will help us to support our commitment to fair recruitment practice. All information provided will be held in the strictest confidence and will not be shared with anyone, in line with the new Data Protection Act 2018 launched on 25 May 2018. The information provided does not form part of the decision-making process and will not affect your application.

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