Terms of reference

MISSION

The Defence, Safety and Security Committee will provide both a focus for the technical community, and, a forum for the exchange and dissemination of information, knowledge and state-of-the-art practice on all aspects of defence, safety and security materials for the benefit of society and the development of individuals working in these fields.

VISION

The Committee will focus on activities both within the Institute and linking in with external bodies on all technical, educational and professional issues relating to defence, safety and security materials.  Issues relevant to Institute members will include design, availability and regulations, production, fitness-for-purpose, applications, cost, end of life, and sensitivity in respect of national safety and security.

  • Internally

The Committee will act as the focus in the Institute for providing information and dealing with policy issues concerning defence, safety and security materials. The committee will influence the formulation and implementation of the Institute's policies to meet the needs of members in this sector. It will also promote the subject area of defence, safety and security materials at institute-supported events.

  • Externally

The Committee will act as the defence, safety and security materials expert community in the Institute to link to industry, academia, research, trade associations, Government, UK innovation and learning infrastructure, media (via the IOM3 External Affairs Group) and conference organisations and other relevant national and international bodies. It will promote professional activities relevant to the career development and job needs of workers in the defence, safety and security sectors and provide the opportunity and encouragement for these individuals to gain membership of the Institute.

STRATEGY

The Defence, Safety and Security Committee will:

  1. Raise the profile of the Institute within the defence, safety and security sectors by working across and within the Institute's technical communities as well as with other learned bodies and external initiatives.
  2. Raise the profile of the defence, safety and security sectors within the IOM3.
  3. Establish links with and work together with all appropriate sub-groups of the current technical communities of the Institute, including regional groups, which have an interest in defence, safety and security materials, putting on appropriate meetings to draw together and give identity to this community, whilst also providing opportunities for cross-fertilisation within these different groups.
  4. Encourage training and professional development and put in place new provisions to meet future training needs.
  5. Develop links with all sectors of the defence, safety and security materials industry, and with areas of academia involved with research and education in this field.
  6. Develop and maintain a microsite as part of the main Institute website, to inform members of new developments and the activities of the Defence, Safety and Security Committee.
  7. Support the Institute in providing a defence, safety and security materials response to government requests for feedback on current issues or future government initiatives.
  8. Develop and maintain relationships with related groups set up by other professional bodies in the UK, and internationally, with the two-fold objective of:
    1. Receiving informed input from organisations with specialist knowledge in areas of defence, safety and security materials not covered by the present group.
    2. Providing up-to-date information on contemporary materials developments to other groups working in this field, including government bodies, to further the use of new and improved materials and technologies by all sectors of the defence, safety and security industries.
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