Join the Board of Trustees

We're recruiting!

Do you have experience of working at a senior level, a strong commercial nous and an understanding of the challenges of business management and operational development?

We are looking for a Corporate Member* to join the Board who can demonstrate strategic vision, sound commercial and financial acumen, excellent communication skills and an interest in improving occupational safety and health on a global level.

Overall, we are keen to encourage people from a wide range of backgrounds to have a diverse and inclusive Board.

Who are the Board of Trustees?

The Board of Trustees is appointed by Council. It is responsible for carrying out the objects of the Institution and has overall responsibility for the governance and management of IOSH, with legal accountability for all activities and results. The Board of Trustees also consults Council on matters of strategy and policy relating to the objects of the Institution, as well as produces an Annual Report highlighting relevant activities and financial data. It regularly reviews its effectiveness, its relationship with Council, its understanding of the views of members and the alignment of strategy with the objects of the Institution.

It consists of five Corporate Members of the Institution, five Independents (non-members of the Institution) and an Independent Chairman. 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 to the Institution.

What does being a Trustee mean?

Being a Trustee is a responsible position and overall there are six main duties; ensure your charity is carrying out its purpose for the public benefit; comply with your charity’s governing document and the law; act in your charity’s best interests; manage your charity’s resources responsibly; act with reasonable care and skill and ensure your charity is accountable. More information about what’s involved in being a Charity Trustee can be found here.

It can be a highly rewarding role both on a personal and profession level, providing development opportunities and helping to ensure that IOSH continues to flourish and aspire to ‘a safe and healthy world of work’.

As an active role it 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.

For more information, take a look at the role profile. You can also call Laura Miles, for an informal discussion, on + 44 (0) 116 2573190 or + 44 (0) 7870983081.

How do I apply?

To apply for this position, please email the following documents to

  • A comprehensive CV including details of your achievements in each role
  • A supporting statement highlighting your key strengths and how you feel you meet the criteria for this role (as outlined in the role profile).

Closing date - 11 February 2019
Interviews are likely to be held on - 28 February 2019


*A Corporate Member is a Chartered Member, Chartered Fellow, Retired Member or Retired Fellow (former Chartered Members and Chartered Fellows who have retired from health and safety practice and who no longer undertake CPD).