Transparency and openness at IChemE

Jon PrichardIChemE is a registered charity and a widely respected professional engineering body. Direction in all matters of finance and policy is provided by our governing Council, whose members are also the trustees of the charity. Operational activity is planned and delivered by the executive team that I lead and who are accountable to the Council. Since taking on this role, I have, amongst other things, commenced a programme that strives to achieve the highest standards of openness and transparency in all our dealings both internally and externally.

In his 2016 presidential address, Professor Jonathan Seville confirmed that our Council had initiated a review of the Institution's governance. During August and September a consultation was conducted that sought views on the key proposals (options for change) that had been developed by Council. The member feedback was reported to Council on 10 October (view the report), and as a result, some key decisions were made by Council (published 7 December 2017). Further updates will be provided to the membership throughout 2018, through a series of webinars and other communication.

The outcome of these decisions will require us to update and amend the Institution's Charter and By Laws. Amendments will be considered, and voted on, at the Annual General Meeting scheduled for 21 May 2018.

I joined IChemE as your Chief Executive in January 2017. From the outset, I stressed the need for the release of material facts that are relevant to the fulfilment of our charitable objectives and on-going business activity. This constitutes good practice in the charitable sector and is a behaviour that we should all aspire to.

The proposed governance changes, if adopted by the members, will embed this principle into the Institution’s business planning and reporting in the years ahead. In the interim, I have implemented Council’s request for the creation of a ‘Fact Check’ resource where members can find verified and referenced information on topics of interest (see below).

These pages will be periodically updated to reflect Council’s deliberations and any key issues that are raised by members.

Jon Prichard
Chief Executive Officer

January 2018

  1. Statement from Trustees – protecting IChemE’s reputation
  2. Disclosure policy in respect of remuneration 
  3. Senior Executive pay at IChemE 
  4. Human resources policy 
  5. The sale of 12 Gayfere Street 
  6. UK staff pension arrangements 
  7. Employment prospects for UK graduates 
  8. Treasurer's report to the 2017 AGM 
  9. Professional registration and IChemE's role in complaint investigation 
  10. IChemE's Code of Professional Conduct and Disciplinary Regulations 
  11. IChemE Disciplinary Committee – Terms of Reference 
  12. IChemE Disciplinary Committee – Procedure Guidance 
  13. Clarity on Royal Charter and Governance
  14. The importance of charitable status and a Royal Charter
  15. Developing a sustainable membership model at IChemE
  16. IChemE’s position on the status of engineers
  17. Non-payment of membership fees – change to the process
  18. Financial statements for year ended 31 December 2017 – exceptional costs
  19. The future of whynotchemeng - FAQs

My IChemE

IChemE is a registered charity in England & Wales (214379), and a charity registered in Scotland (SC 039661).