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The Institution is governed by several bodies, including the Trustee Board, the Council and the Young Member Board.

Trustee Board

The Trustee Board is responsible for the governance and control of the Institution. The responsibilities of Trustees are as laid down by the Charity Commission and the Royal Charter and By-laws of the Institution, together with the Trustee Role Profile and Code of Conduct

The Trustee Board meets on average nine times a year and Trustees are expected to attend most if not all of the Board meetings. It is also customary for Trustees to attend Council meetings. Trustees are elected from the Corporate Members of the Institution.

Some of the roles and duties of key positions on the Board are set out below:

  • President-Elect - the President-Elect holds office for one year and then becomes President of the Institution. Duties include those as for a Vice-President. 
  • Vice-Presidents - Vice-Presidents are expected to Chair one of the major Institution Boards, to also serve on a board/committee, to head various ad hoc studies, to represent the President at events, visits, etc, and to represent the Institution on ‘outside’ bodies.
  • Ordinary Members - are expected to serve on one or more of the major Boards.

Visit our page on the Trustee Board for more information. 


The Council provides guidance and advice to the Trustee Board on matters related to strategy, the Institution’s membership and other relevant issues. Council meets on average twice a year with virtual meetings arranged as and when required. For more information, see the Council Profile and Council Terms of Reference.

Young Member Board

This is the national board for Young Members. For more information, see Young Member Board.

More information

If you would like to find out more about the Trustee Board, the Council or the Young Member Board please contact:
Joan Gibbins
Trustee Department
Institution of Mechanical Engineers
1 Birdcage Walk
London SW1H 9JJ

Direct Dial: + 44 (0) 20 7973 1311
Fax: + 44 (0) 20 7973 0448
Email: j_gibbins@imeche.org

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