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Independent Trustees x2 Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH)

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Join the board at IOSH to have a significant and positive impact on the health, safety and wellbeing of working people around the world, providing a powerful voice for change and improvement.

  • Location: Leicestershire
  • Salary: Unremunerated. Reasonable expenses will be paid.

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) is the world’s largest and only Chartered professional body focused on safety, health and wellbeing 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 over 47,000 members worldwide, we have a significant and positive impact on the health, safety and wellbeing of working people around the world, providing a powerful voice for change and improvement. We have just under 190 staff, and our income for the year ending 31 March 2021 was £12,353,000 with investments of £10.8m.

This is a very exciting time to join the IOSH Board of Trustees, as we are in the final year of our ambitious five-year strategy, WORK 2022 – shaping the future of safety and health. We are also in the process of developing a new strategy, which will be an evolution of WORK 2022. 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 wellbeing.

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 have the opportunity to strategically lead IOSH’s work as an awarding body as Chair of the new Awarding Organisation Committee. We are therefore keen to attract somebody from either an awarding organisation or higher education institution, with a requisite level of board or committee chairing experience. Exposure to a research environment would be an advantage.

The other Independent Trustee will bolster the Board’s capacity in the area of legal compliance or governance.  This is an opportunity for us to recruit somebody without prior Board experience to bring a fresh perspective. The Board is committed to supporting somebody with the potential to grow confidently into the role. This is a wonderful opportunity for somebody with the passion for IOSH’s work to both contribute to and develop their professional experience at the same time.

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 March, June, September and December, though exact dates for the upcoming terms are yet to be finalised. The term of office is three years.

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

Simon Richardssimonr@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07496 885125

If you would like to know more about this role please contact Simon Richards

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Welcome from Peter Bonfield, Chair of the Board of Trustees

About the Organisation

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 wellbeing 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 over 47,000 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 recently 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 wellbeing.

Our charitable objectives

  • 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; and
  • 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 a knowledge of the matters mentioned in the first bullet point above.

Our vision

IOSH’s vision is simple: 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 wellbeing. 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 April 2017, our five-year strategy, WORK 2022 – shaping the future of safety and health, sets out our vision and mission and defines the steps that we, as an organisation and profession, must take.

WORK 2022 is designed to make a real difference to the lives of people at work around the world and is underpinned by three broad aims:

  • enhance the occupational safety and health profession
  • collaborate to build strategic partnerships
  • and influence and strengthen impact globally.

It’s been a busy and exciting time for IOSH, as we have made impressive progress in delivering several of the key goals of WORK 2022. In the first year of the strategy, we concentrated on developing the profession, by launching our first ever qualification to ensure that safety and health professionals can help to shape the strategic direction of their organisations; by making new arrangements for continuing professional development; and by providing training, learning and networking opportunities to develop confident professionals, able to influence decision-makers at the highest levels.

By 31 March 2019, the end of Year 2 of WORK 2022, we had made further strides in enhancing our profession, forged new strategic partnerships and effected positive change with our global membership. Our approach to working more globally has a clear approach in identifying opportunities in which we can make an impact. We look forward to extending our influence by working in collaboration with organisations whose interests and agendas are like ours.

We are really proud of some key global achievements as part of WORK 2022, including:

  • 462 members gaining Chartered status.
  • 77 higher education institutions providing qualifications accredited by IOSH.
  • 168,159 people attending an IOSH training course during 2018.
  • 23,675 IOSH training courses run in 84 countries through 4,204 training providers.

In 2020–21, IOSH continued to focus on achieving the goals we set ourselves in WORK 2022, by leading a stronger profession, by advancing safety and health worldwide and by providing a platform for our members.

Our charitable work

Each year IOSH’s trading subsidiary, 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. You can read more about the governance structure on the IOSH website here.


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, in order 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 six Committees of the Board which are chaired by Trustees: Finance and Investment, Performance and Development, Policy and Standards, Audit and Risk, Disciplinary and Awarding. 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.

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    Closing date: 9 a.m. Monday 15th August 2022
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    First round interviews: w/c 29th August and 5th September 2022
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    Final Interviews: w/c 19th or 26th September 2022

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