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Independent Trustees Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH)

A rare opportunity to join the Board as an Independent Trustee of IOSH, the world’s leading chartered professional body for health and safety to create a safe and healthy world of work.

  • Location: Wigston, Leicestershire
  • Salary: Reasonable expenses paid

Who we are

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) is the world’s largest and only Chartered professional body focused on safety, health and well-being in the workplace.

We are a registered charity, a professional body and a membership organisation with a Royal Charter and act as a champion, adviser, advocate and trainer for safety and health professionals around the world. We have a wholly owned trading subsidiary, IOSH Services Limited, whose principal activities include the sale of publications, seminars, conferences and the development and accreditation of health and safety awareness training.

With 50,000 members worldwide, we have a significant and positive impact on the health, safety and well-being of working people around the world, providing a powerful voice for change and improvement. We employ around 200 people, and our income for the year ending 31st March 2023 was £16.5 million with investments of £11.2m.

This is an exceptionally exciting time to join the IOSH Board of Trustees as we are coming to the end of our first year of our ambitious five-year strategy, Activate 2028.

COVID has enhanced the value of IOSH members in their workplaces, and the Board is keen to capitalise on this to develop IOSH’s role in promoting mental health and occupational well-being.

Who we are looking for

We are seeking to appoint two Independent Trustees who can demonstrate alignment to and empathy with the vision, mission and values of IOSH.

The Board is focused on business that matters and has an open, transparent and inclusive culture that enjoys the active participation of all Board Members. To broaden the diversity of the Board, we are particularly interested in recruiting women to achieve a better gender balance.

One new Independent Trustee will need to be financially-qualified to support the financial success of IOSH and also sit on the Board of IOSH Services Limited, our trading subsidiary. The other new Independent Trustee will bolster the Board’s capacity in the area of IT, digital and technology compliance, and governance.

This is an opportunity for us to recruit somebody to bring a fresh perspective, and the Board is committed to supporting somebody with the potential to grow confidently into the role. This is a wonderful endeavour for somebody with the passion for IOSH’s work to both contribute to and develop their professional experience at the same time.

Time commitment and term of office

The time commitment averages at one day per month and includes four board meetings, two development days, participating in committee meetings, engaging with IOSH on an ad hoc basis and attending events and functions. Meetings are generally held in February, May, August and November.

The term of office is three years.

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Liz Holderness | liz@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07872 031079

Andrew Brown | andrew@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07494 595178


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

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Meet Peter Bonfield, Chair of the Board of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health

About us

Founded in 1945, the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) is the world’s largest and only Chartered professional body focused on safety, health and well-being in the workplace. We have been registered as a charity since 1962 and in 2002, we were granted a Royal Charter. Our status is recognised by businesses and governments, and the Chartered Membership of IOSH is recognised worldwide as the hallmark of professional excellence in workplace safety and health.

We have 50,000 members in around 130 countries. We act as a champion, adviser, advocate and trainer for safety and health professionals working in organisations of all sizes in most sectors. Our focus is to support our members in their efforts to create workplaces that are safer, healthier and more sustainable for everyone.

As well as being a professional body and membership organisation, we’re also a thought leader and an enabler, working collaboratively to help organisations around the world excel in safety and health.

We are proud to have been granted regulated awarding organisation status by the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual).

Our latest work is designed to boost productivity, competitiveness, brand reputation and resilience through improved safety, health and well-being.

Our charitable objects

  • To promote systematic and organised methods of improving occupational safety and health and to advocate, advise on, disseminate, explain and advance the principles, methods and systems of their application at work generally.
  • To facilitate the exchange of information and ideas among the members of the Institution and of other professional bodies in the field of occupational health and safety, and to work together with other professional bodies in pursuit of mutual objectives.
  • To do all such things as may be necessary or desirable for maintaining and improving the professional status of members of the Institution and of people engaged in professions requiring knowledge of the matters mentioned in the first bullet point above.

Our vision

IOSH remains committed to our vision – a safe and healthy world of work.

Millions of people’s lives are severely affected by the work they do, with illness, injury and death all too common. However, work, when it’s good, gives people status, positive health benefits, a good quality of life and a sense of well-being.

This is why our mission is to be the professional body leading the way in global occupational safety and health.

Because of our expertise, reach and reputation, IOSH is uniquely placed to influence the way organisations look after their people at work.

Our strategy

Launched in 2023, our five-year strategy, Activate 2028, is all about action and the entire occupational safety and health (OSH) community coming together to deliver a safe and healthy world of work.

It’s bold. It’s ambitious. It’s about building on what we’ve achieved so far and progressing our profession. It champions and supports you, our extraordinary members and OSH professionals everywhere.

Our mission is three-fold:

  • Build excellence in our profession.
  • Drive action from everyone who can influence excellence in global occupational safety and health (OSH) standards.
  • Put people at the heart of social sustainability.

Activate 2028 focuses on the actions and outcomes needed to help us achieve our vision and mission.

Learn more about Activate 2028

IOSH Services Ltd (ISL Ltd) and our charitable work

ISL Ltd is the wholly owned trading subsidiary of IOSH, incorporated in the UK. The Board is appointed by its Shareholders (the IOSH Board of Trustees) and has legal accountability for all its activities and results. The Board can have up to six directors made up of independent non-executive and executive directors of IOSH.

The principal activities of ISL Ltd include the sale of health and safety publications, the provision of seminars and conferences and the development and accreditation of health and safety awareness training.

Each year, IOSH Services Ltd (ISL Ltd) makes a charitable monetary donation to support our charity status and activities. We offer free resources to help managers, workers, students, researchers and decision-makers in health and safety. In doing so, we aim to promote ways to improve occupational health and safety, help IOSH members and the public exchange information and ideas and maintain and enhance the professional status of IOSH members and other people involved in improving health and safety at work. 

Governance structure

Our Council, Presidential Team and Board of Trustees make up the central governance structure of the organisation.


Council is made up of 36 members elected by the membership. The Officers, as defined in the Byelaws (President, President-Elect, Immediate Past President, and Vice-Presidents), also sit on Council in an ex-officio capacity. It is chaired by the President and meets at least twice a year.

Council’s role is to champion and represent the views of members to the Board of Trustees. It provides advice and guidance on matters of strategy and policy relating to the objects of the Institution, on issues relevant to members, on the membership of IOSH and on the occupational safety and health profession.

Council carefully considers information and evidence provided by the Board of Trustees, to enable it to ensure that the Board of Trustees is acting in the best interests of the organisation and its members.

It is also responsible for the appointment of the Chair and Trustees to the Board, as well as nominating the President-Elect and Vice-Presidents to be approved at the Annual General Meeting by the membership.

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is appointed by Council and is responsible for developing and setting the Institution’s strategy and overseeing its implementation.

It ensures efficient and effective governance and management of IOSH through the Chief Executive and the Senior Leadership Team, who make the day-to-day operational decisions. The Trustees are also legally accountable for all IOSH activities, assets and results, ensuring compliance with the charity’s objects, its governing documents and all relevant legislation and regulation.

The Board of Trustees consists of five member Trustees, five Independents (non-members) and the Chair, who is also a non-member of the Institution.

Trustee appointments have to go through a formal application and recruitment process. Appointments are recommended by the Nominations Committee to Council for approval.

Board committees

There are five Committees of the Board which are chaired by Trustees: Finance and Investment, Performance and Development, Policy and Standards, Audit and Risk, People and Remuneration. These Committees support the Board of Trustees in fulfilling its roles and responsibilities.

Senior leadership team

The Board of Trustees has delegated the responsibility for the implementation of the strategy via the Chief Executive to the Senior Leadership Team, which utilises the appropriate staff resources to ensure its delivery.

Accessibility information

At IOSH, we recognise and celebrate diversity and we make reasonable workplace adjustments for our employees. As an inclusive organisation, we will also endeavour to make reasonable adjustments for people who are not contracted employees, such as visitors, volunteers, and contractors.

Some examples of our accessibility provisions include:

  • Step free access to the building, all key meeting rooms and bathrooms, and an accessible workstation.
  • Papers and materials can be presented in different formats.

Applicants with a disability 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 role, or if any adjustments or support are required regarding the recruitment process.

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Liz Holderness | liz@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07872 031079

Andrew Brown | andrew@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07494 595178

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    For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

    Liz Holderness | liz@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07872 031079

    Andrew Brown | andrew@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07494 595178

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    Closing date: Tuesday 2nd April 2024
    Candidates informed of outcome: Friday 12th April 2024
    First stage interviews: w/c Monday 15th and 22nd April 2024
    Second stage interviews: Dates TBC in May 2024

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