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The role of the Executive Council

The Executive Council is the board of trustees of the Institute responsible to the membership and to the Charity Commission for its effective governance.  Council meets three times a year for a half day at a meeting chaired by the President.  There are 10 members of council – six are elected by the membership, and two of these must retire each year on 31st March.  Elected Council members normally serve for three years. Council members take an active role in the work of the IOR by joining a committee, taking part in steering groups and representing the IOR at key industry meetings.  Details of the role and responsibilities of Council are available from the Secretary and are provided as part of the Trustee induction process.

Member, Fellow and Associate grade members are eligible to stand for election. Nominations must be supported by two existing Members (Fellow, Member or Associate grade) and accompanied by a signed statement and photo. Nomination forms are available here and some information about the role of Council members here. All nominations must be received by the Secretary by 31st December.

Elected IOR Council members are also Charity Trustees and have legal obligations under the Charities Act. The responsibilities of Trustees are outlined in this guidance from the Charities Commission and we recommend that you consider this if you are thinking of standing for election to Council.

Election procedures 

If the number of nominations put forward exceeds the number of vacancies a full election will take place in February.  Fellow, Member and Associate grade members of the Institute will be sent details of the candidates and be invited to take part in a ballot.  The results will be made available in March and the two new candidates will take up their posts in April, attending their first Council meeting after April.

If insufficient nominations are received to hold an election, those nominated are automatically accepted onto Council.

Casual Vacancies and Co-opted members

If a vacancy occurs either because insufficient nominations were received for the election or a member choses to stand down before their term of office concludes Council can appoint members to fill the vacancy but these members must stand down at the next election. They may decided to stand for election at that point if they so wish.  


If you would like any further information or guidance about standing for election please contact the Secretary, Miriam Rodway.