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IoIC now has a new smaller Board, with each director taking responsibility for a specific area of Institute activity.


“The previous Board had become potentially unwieldy with anything up to 20 people able to attend meetings but not all with a clear role or the benefit of sufficient continuous involvement to be able to play an effective part,” explains chief executive Steve Doswell.

The Board’s three-year mandate came to an end at this year’s AGM and, following a change in the Institute’s constitution approved at the AGM, a new smaller group of directors with a minimum of six was installed.

The current line-up is eight members, including Steve, and each has taken on a portfolio.

“We wanted to make sure that IoIC’s important building block activities had a named individual who was willing to be accountable for those activities,” he explains.

The new Board, in place for the next three years, will be chaired by Kate Jones (pictured), whose day job is head of internal communications at Atkins. The new Board chair has taken over from Julian Grice who stood down having done the job since 2011.

“Kate’s role is primarily to chair the Board meetings and ensure that commitments made by Board members are followed up,” says Steve. “However we also hope that Kate will bring her own stamp to the role, adding her voice to bolster our external profile, in addition to her existing support for professional development.”

IoIC’s head of professional development Phil Weare and Kingston University’s masters in IC course director Liz Cochrane will be jointly responsible for professional development.

“Professional development is the very core of what we’re about as an Institute,” says the chief executive. “It’s a big and growing area of activity for us.”

The workload will be split with Liz taking the lead on the Institute’s Accreditation Framework and Phil overseeing the training programme and CPD (Continuing Professional Development) scheme.

Long-time Board director Justine Stevenson – head of communication for Global Business Services at SAB Miller - now has responsibility for awards and events.

“IoIC President Suzanne Peck has been our ‘conference queen’ and also looked after the awards for a long time, and she will remain a very active president,” says Steve. “But Justine is a very experienced member of the conference committee and has been involved with judging the awards. We needed to free Suzanne up so it seemed like the right time to find a new person to take on awards and events and Justine is ideal.”

Andy Rushton, head of programme communications at DWP, has been given the membership brief. “Given his public sector day job, he has a particular focus on that area but will also take a broader view of membership,” adds Steve.

“It’s been a neglected area and we certainly want to continue to expand membership as well as improving the membership offer where we can, so people who become members can see and enjoy increasing benefits.”

As head of marketing at Emperor Design (a brand and communications agency), Nada Zbirek is a very experienced marketing expert and it was natural for IoIC to ask her to pick up that brief for the Institute.

“We create great activities, including an excellent conference, but I think marketing has been an IoIC weakness in the past,” admits Steve. “We’ve never been as good at marketing as we have at delivering high-quality events and products. We’d like to see a strong improvement in our marketing.”

Alastair Scott, recently elected regional director of IoIC Scotland, will represent the wider network of all Institute regions.

Another member of the previous Board team who remains is Brenda Scott, who ably records the minutes alongside her more familiar role as IoIC’s events manager.

More detail on IoIC’s Board directors is available here
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