IOM3 governance modernisation gets green light

18 Sep 2019

During the Extraordinary General Meeting held in July 2018, the Institute’s voting members agreed to a suite of proposed changes to the Institute’s governance structures. Following discussions with the Engineering Council, Science Council and the Society for the Environment, earlier this year the Institute formally requested approval for the changes from the Privy Council (required because we have a Royal Charter). We are happy to announce that approval has now been granted. As a reminder, the main purpose of this is to modernise the Institute’s arrangements to better reflect current charity and professional body good practice (for example, the NCVO Code of Governance) by:

  • Creating a smaller, more agile Trustee Board (called the Executive Board) of 12-14 to take the strategic decisions for the Institute, ensuring we deliver our charitable objects as set out in our Royal Charter and meet our legal obligations;
  • Creating an Advisory Council of forty, drawn from the technical communities, member grades and regions that will advise Trustees and the IOM3 team on strategic and long-term issues for the Institute and electing from within itself two Trustees to sit on the Trustee Board;
  • As a consequence, abolishing the current Trustee Council; and
  • Reforming the Institute’s board and committee structure better to support Trustees, volunteers and the IOM3 team.

The Royal Charter, revised Bye-Laws and new governance structures are now available to view at

These new arrangements will come into place on Tuesday 5 November 2019, when the Trustee Council will meet formally for the last time and the new Advisory Council will be formed.

Advisory Council Elections

For the changes to take effect, we now need to constitute the new Advisory Council. Twenty of the seats on this come from the technical communities and five from the Officers of the Institute (President, Honorary Treasurer, etc). The remaining fifteen seats are to be elected to represent the different membership grades, overseas members and the regions of the UK. We are therefore running an election for these fifteen seats and issued a call for nominations on Wednesday 18 September 2019. Nominations close on Monday 7 October and online elections (where we have more than one eligible candidate) will run from Monday 14 October to Monday 28 October. Successful candidates will then be expected to attend the first meeting of the new Advisory Council on Tuesday 5 November. If you haven’t already received an email from us telling you about this please do check your spam filters and make sure we have your up to date email address. (Members who do not use email should contact the Membership Team on 01476 513881 and someone will be able to help.)

Colin Church, CEO

Nomination instructions and form

New Governance Structure 2019