Following the recommendations of a review into how the IEMA council functions, the council's "ways of working" group has been looking at the future composition of the council and regional representation

The ways of working group has highlighted in particular the importance of volunteers and the role that the regional groups play in supporting IEMA, and concluded that effective links are required across the organisation, both regionally and locally as well as with international members.

It has also recognised the different roles and functions of the council and its members – with the council having a distinct responsibility as the key advisory body to the Institute’s board, and with its members collectively reflecting the interests of all IEMA members.

The group has, therefore, considered a spectrum of options for further development of the council’s membership to achieve greater clarity about the working of council and its operational delivery and feedback. These options are:

  • Do nothing – continue to have elected members, and representatives from each of IEMA’s 13 regions and from the Institute’s professional standards committee (PSC).
  • Develop the operationally focused regional chairs forum – which is separate from the council – so that an elected representative from that group joins the council. Representatives would also be elected to represent the overseas members and the PSC.
  • As option two, but without regional, overseas or PSC representatives.

Whichever option is taken up, there will remain up to four co-opted members.

These proposals have been sent to regional representatives and chairs. All IEMA members are welcome to comment on the proposals, which are available via Lynn Godson (

Comments are requested by 3 September 2012 for consideration at the council meeting on 13 September.

Professor Martin Bigg, chair, IEMA council ways of working group