IChemE calls for nominations for Trustee and Congress vacancies

IChemE calls for nominations for Trustee and Congress vacancies

31st January 2022

Members of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) are being invited to put themselves forward for available positions on the Board of Trustees and Congress.

The Board of Trustees is the governing body of IChemE and therefore members appointed to the Board are responsible for setting the strategic direction of IChemE. Congress is the member advisory body to the Board of Trustees and consists of two electoral colleges; one that elects on a geographical basis (Regional College) and one that reflects the spectrum of membership grades (Functional College).

Board of Trustee roles open

  • President for 2023/2024 (Deputy President from June 2022)
  • Honorary Treasurer
  • Regional member (Ordinary member - one seat)

Congress roles open

Regional College

  • All Ireland
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • Rest of the World
  • Singapore
  • South Africa
  • UK Eastern
  • UK North East (two seats)
  • UK North West & North Wales
  • UK South East
  • UK South Scotland
  • USA

Functional College

  • Chartered
  • Early Career (two seats)
  • Fellow (three seats)
  • Student

Nominations should be submitted via a web-based platform hosted by election services provider Mi-Voice, details of which will be shared with all eligible members in the official call for nominations.

Trustee nominations must each be supported by five other Voting Members, who may not nominate more than one candidate in any single Trustee election.

Congress nominations must be supported by two members. For seats in the Regional College, the two members must be Voting Members who can be based in any region. Those applying for seats in the Functional College require support from two members in the same membership grade. For example, nominations for a Student seat must be supported by two other Student Members. However, for an Early Career seat, support can be given by Associate, Affiliate and/or Technician Members.

All nominations require the written consent of the individual concerned and affirmation by them that they will be active in the role if elected.

Members should submit their nominations by 09:30 GMT on Monday 21 February 2022.

Jane Cutler, IChemE President, said:

“IChemE is reliant upon volunteers to support the membership and wider profession. Today technology enables members to enjoy and contribute to the Institution and its activities more easily than ever. We therefore encourage you to consider playing a leading role in the governance and the strategic direction of IChemE as a Trustee.

“If you have relevant experience and expertise, please consider nominating yourself for the Board of Trustees at the forthcoming elections and help shape IChemE through our centenary year and beyond.”

Nigel Hirst, outgoing Chair of Congress, said:

“Congress continues its incredible journey in representing the voice of the membership since its inception in 2018. As my term comes to an end, I’m delighted to have been able to play a key role in contributing to the direction of the Institution.

“As our profession and IChemE continues on a path towards greater inclusivity and diversity, Congress is a welcoming space which demonstrates these strengths. We continue to encourage a broad spectrum of experience to bring ideas to the table to help advise the Board of Trustees on behalf of the membership. Please do consider standing for this fulfilling role.”

All submissions will be reviewed against the criteria in the role profiles. Applications for the Board of Trustees will be reviewed by the IChemE Nominations Committee.

If multiple valid nominations are received for any of the vacant positions, then a ballot will commence at the end of April. This will be conducted via MiVoice’s web-based election platform and will include written and video candidate statements so that members can learn how the candidates wish to make a contribution to the Institution.

All documentation - including role profiles and requirements, the codes of conduct, and a comprehensive overview of the process for both elections - is available at www.icheme.org/elections.


Trustee and Congress elections

All IChemE volunteering opportunities


For more information please contact: 

Lucy Cook, Communications Manager, IChemE 
t: +44 (0) 1788 534454 
e: lcook@icheme.org 

Rachael Fraser, Communications Executive, IChemE 
t: +44 (0) 1788 534435 
e: rfraser@icheme.org  

Claire Shepherd, Communications Executive, IChemE  
t: +44 (0) 1788 534457  
e: cshepherd@icheme.org 

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