Council meets to help shape direction of IOSH

A skills framework planned for the OSH profession and a vote for IOSH's next President Elect were on the agenda when the Institution's representative body met in Leicestershire on September 8 and 9 2015.
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President Elect Dr Karen McDonnell, who chaired the meeting, said: “Council brings together people from around the world for face-to-face discussions in which we can help shape the future of the profession. It provides an opportunity to be at the leading edge in terms of understanding the organisation and representing the views of the wider membership."

President Elect Dr Karen McDonnell, who chaired the meeting, said: “Council brings together people from around the world for face-to-face discussions in which we can help shape the future of the profession. It provides an opportunity to be at the leading edge in terms of understanding the organisation and representing the views of the wider membership."

Graham Parker was voted in as IOSH's next President Elect. Graham will take on his role in November 2015 before becoming President in November 2016. He said: "I have to say how proud and humbled I am that IOSH Council have elected me as President Elect. This is the highest honour your institution can bestow upon you. I am looking forward to serving IOSH and the profession in my term with an approach of honest, pragmatic communication."

Graham Parker was voted in as IOSH's next President Elect. Graham will take on his role in November 2015 before becoming President in November 2016. He said: "I have to say how proud and humbled I am that IOSH Council have elected me as President Elect. This is the highest honour your institution can bestow upon you. I am looking forward to serving IOSH and the profession in my term with an approach of honest, pragmatic communication."

Two major initiatives planned as part of IOSH's strategy were presented to Council during break-out sessions at Hothorpe Hall conference centre: a framework to help members and business develop the skills required for the delivery of good health and safety advice; and the new official magazine for members, set to launch in the New Year.

Two major initiatives planned as part of IOSH's strategy were presented to Council during break-out sessions at Hothorpe Hall conference centre: a framework to help members and business develop the skills required for the delivery of good health and safety advice; and the new official magazine for members, set to launch in the New Year.

Council member Teresa Budworth said: "IOSH Council represents the 44,000 IOSH members.  It puts the membership at the heart of decision-making about the strategy of the Institution and the future of a profession that we are all proud to be a part of."

Council member Teresa Budworth said: "IOSH Council represents the IOSH members. It puts the membership at the heart of decision-making about the strategy of the Institution and the future of a profession that we are all proud to be a part of.

Thirty-five elected Council members joined  IOSH’s executive team and members of the Board of Trustees in Leicestershire on September 8-9 2015 to provide advice and debate on strategic, professional and policy issues.

Thirty-five elected Council members joined IOSH’s executive team and members of the Board of Trustees in Leicestershire on September 2015 to provide advice and debate on strategic, professional and policy issues.

Past President Nick Cornwell-Smith said: “Council is the members’ voice. IOSH is a large organisation of 44,000 members and we cannot all sit in the room, so you need a body to represent the views of the members. Council comes from a wide variety of employment backgrounds and from different industries. It gives us a broad scope of views and experiences.”

Past President Nick Cornwell-Smith said: “Council is the members’ voice. IOSH is a large organisation of 44,000 members and we cannot all sit in the room, so you need a body to represent the views of the members. Council comes from a wide variety of employment backgrounds and from different industries. It gives us a broad scope of views and experiences.”

IOSH Affiliate and Council's newest member, Mary Lawrence, is a solicitor who defends companies after serious health and safety incidents. She said: "Joining Council has provided me with a great opportunity to meet new people and has given me some really good ideas. It's also been interesting to see the framework and plans for the new magazine."

IOSH Affiliate and Council's newest member, Mary Lawrence, is a solicitor who defends companies after serious health and safety incidents. She said: "Joining Council has provided me with a great opportunity to meet new people and has given me some really good ideas. It's also been interesting to see the framework and plans for the new magazine."

Council member Lawrence Bamber said: "If you are a member of IOSH and went to your branch with a problem, your branch can point you in the direction of a Council member who can represent you at Council. "It's important we get the message out there to members about how we are representing them."

Council member Lawrence Bamber said: "If you are a member of IOSH and went to your branch with a problem, your branch can point you in the direction of a Council member who can represent you at Council. "It's important we get the message out there to members about how we are representing them."

The next election for Council membership will start in March 2016 . Anyone interested in putting themselves forward for nomination can contact IOSH by emailing laura.miles@iosh.co.uk . A full list of Council’s current membership can be found on the IOSH website under 'About us'.

The next election for Council membership will start in March 2016 . Anyone interested in putting themselves forward for nomination can contact IOSH by emailing laura.miles@iosh.co.uk . A full list of Council’s current membership can be found on the IOSH website under 'About us'.

Council member Ciaran Delaney said: "Council is a conduit between the corporate side of IOSH and the membership side. Members can use us to raise issues with IOSH management and IOSH can then use us as ambassadors to take messages back to members."

Council member Ciaran Delaney said: "Council is a conduit between the corporate side of IOSH and the membership side. Members can use us to raise issues with IOSH management and IOSH can then use us as ambassadors to take messages back to members.


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