We’re recruiting for an Independent Trustee

Introduction from Dr Bill Gunnyeon CBE, Chair of the Board

Being a Trustee – what does the role involve?

Being a Trustee is a responsible position requiring an active role in the governance of the organisation.

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.

What is expected of you?

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.

To find out more about the role you can download the role profile & person specification.

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 3 years, with eligibility for a second 3-year term (maximum of 6 years), although terms can be slightly different if there is a necessity to stagger to maintain continuity.

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

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.

Neal Walker, an Independent Trustee says “The experience of being on the Board has been great as I have increased my network, learnt to work with new people.” Read more about why Neal thinks you should join the Board.

Meet the team

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. Find out more about the Committees.

Meet the team, and take a look at IOSH’s governance structure (accountability) chart.

Interested in joining?

To apply please submit the online application.

If you would like an informal chat about the role please contact Laura Miles in the Governance Team on +44 (0)116 257 3190, +44 (0)7870 983081 or governance@iosh.com.

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.

Closing date: 10 April 2019

Interview date: 10 May 2019