In 2018, following the Special Meeting, the Trustee Board commissioned three member-led reviews covering the Institution’s governance, financial management and member Code of Conduct and disciplinary regulations.
The reviews aimed to change our governance and operations, culture and behaviour; and to make us, as a professional institution, fit for the future in all respects across staff and members.
The reviews looked to avoid repeating the problems faced by the Institution that culminated in the events of 2018, and to ensure that the Institution is able to fulfil its Charter, learned society focus, charitable purpose and to serve its current and future members.
The reports focused on and addressed over 2,500 comments received from members via a survey, and consultations with stakeholders, volunteers and staff.
About the Group
In 2019 the Trustee Board established this dedicated Implementation Group of members and staff, with delegated responsibility for taking forward the recommendations of the reviews in a workable manner. The original Chair was President Elect, Terry Spall CEng FiMechE; the current chair is Dr Kerry Mashford OBE CEng FIMechE FICE FIET FRSA. The terms of reference of the Group, currently under revision, will be provided soon.
We are deeply involved with detailed planning and implementation and will report periodically to members on key activities and progress, highlighting current focus areas.
This page is “work in progress”. It will provide:
- links to the reports with short commentaries, starting with the Finance Report
- summaries of their principal recommendations
- implementation updates for all of the three reviews.
In 2019-20 the Finance Report was largely implemented.
Code of Conduct and Disciplinary Regulations
New Disciplinary Regulations and an updated Code of Conduct have been drafted; they are currently being finalised and will be published shortly.
Some of the recommendations made by the Governance Review (GR) were readily accepted and easily implemented. Others require careful and detailed work to ensure they fully address the original intent and fit together with other governance and operational arrangements.
As part of this work, two areas are being revised:
The Institution has operated a Nomination Committee (NomCo) for several years. The Governance Review recommended that this should be strengthened and oriented towards much greater engagement with members, more transparent activities to progress volunteers coming forward, together with assisting in the placement of elected members in our Committees and Boards to nurture future leaders of the Institution.
The Trustee Board has appointed Isobel Pollock-Hulf OBE, CEng FIMechE HonFIET as the Chair of the committee. As a past President of IMechE (2012-13) and current Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Board, Isobel has a wealth of skills and experience to lead this important work.
- From Birdcage Walk, 31 July 2020.
A team including staff and members is to take forward the recommendations in the Governance Review on communications, increasing access to information and transparency. Many improvements have already been made since the Reviews were carried out, but there is more to do.
The focus will be to ensure members can find what they want when they want it. It will provide clear and accessible communications channels for members wanting to raise questions, seek information from member boards and committees, staff-managed functions and about Institution governance.
Implementation Group News