Job Title: Governor
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Edinburgh
Salary: 0 - 0
Reference: IOM
Contact Name: Chris Owens
Contact Email:
Job Published: August 10, 2021 16:41

Job Description

The Organisation

The Institute of Occupational Medicine (IOM) is a registered Scottish Charity (No.SC000365) originally established in 1969 and currently employs circa 90 employees across the UK and Singapore.
Our work aims to improve the understanding of the factors affecting human health in the workplace and in the wider environment and promotes practices which lead to improvements in the health of workers and the wider population.
Our overall strategy as an organisation is to deliver our charter by protecting and improving health through the workplace, we do this by:

  • building on our established reputation, research and services to become a leading trusted partner for workplace health focused on exposure to hazards.
  • Delivering long term, sustainable health protection and operational benefits to our clients.
  • Increasing our influence, as the centre of workplace health insight, with Government, professional bodies and trade organisations

The Institute of Occupational Medicine ("IOM") is registered in Scotland as a charity and as a company limited by guarantee.

IOM has a wholly owned UK subsidiary company, IOM Consulting Limited, and IOM Consulting Limited in turn wholly owns IOM (Institute of Occupational Medicine) Singapore Pte. Ltd (“IOM Singapore”), a company incorporated in Singapore.

IOM Consulting provides a range of consultancy services to the public and private sector. This work is generally not for publication but is closely aligned with the charitable purpose of the IOM in its range of subject matter and in its independent positioning.
IOM Singapore (established 2012) carries out research, consultancy and service work, similar in nature to the work carried out by IOM and IOM Consulting. However, IOM Singapore does not have charitable status, and therefore the research work carried out by IOM Singapore does not fall within the charitable purpose of the IOM.  We opened IOM Singapore in 2012 with support from the Singapore Economic Development Board and with a purpose to support the drive from the Ministry of Manpower and the Workplace Safety and Health Council to bring additional expertise in workplace health to Singapore. The importance of emerging technologies for many Singaporean companies and our expertise in this field positioned well in this region.

Governors Summary

The Trust seeks to maintain a Governing Body which reflects the scale and complexity of the Trust's activities comprising Governors with a sufficient mix of interests, competencies and experiences reflecting all aspects of the work of the IOM. 
The Governors are appointed on a voluntary, unpaid basis and are responsible for the delivery of the Trust purposes and for exercising general supervision and control over IOM. 
The leadership and day to day operation of the IOM is delegated to the Chief Executive , supported by the Board of Management (“BoM”) comprising of the senior management team.  Governors are supported and advised by the Chief Executive and other members of SMT.
Governors will be recruited based on their ability to meet the Governing Body's requirements for skills and experience at the relevant time.  It is however expected that all Governors will have the following key characteristics:-

  1. Individual Governors should be able to: demonstrate commitment and enthusiasm; contribute time towards the well-being of the institute, its ethos and its current and on-going strategic aims.
  2. Individual Governors should have a wealth of experience in a relevant professional/technical arena and have the appropriate inter-personal skills including team working, effective communication and impartiality.
  3. Governors will be capable of adhering to the Trust's Governance Principles and of a character that suggests they will meet the expectations established by those Governance Principles.
  4. It is desirable, although not a prerequisite, that Governors will have university or professional qualifications or other relevant experience commensurate with their skills base

Over and above the key requirements above, the Governors should have at least one of the below listed disciplines to complement a spread of skills in the Governing Body (they are in no particular order of importance or weighted towards any particular discipline but more to allow 'selection according to Board needs).  Consideration will be given to those who can demonstrate expertise in a range of matters and who are able to look at issues from multiple viewpoints.  Although taking cognisance of the executive and operational role of the institutes senior management team it is recognised that individuals with experience from the private sector can play an important part in challenging and advising the institute's modus operandi.

  • Scientific e.g. Senior member of staff from appropriate university environment or relevant government department.
  • Financier e.g. commercial finance director in relevant business with wide ranging auditing/accounting/banking experience; track record in investment portfolios.
  • Legal Experience e.g. experienced lawyer especially in the fields of charity trusts and/or corporate transactions
  • Information Technology e.g. strong background in software and hardware development, delivery platforms and experience with the software systems currently used in scientific endeavors
  • Human Resources e.g. personnel management in a multi-disciplined environment to include, amongst others, pay structure management, employment law and training and development.
  • Development & Fund Raising e.g. knowledge and track record in significant fund raising activities and funding of scientific research programmes.
  • Marketing and Customer Service e.g. wide ranging but includes communication platforms, success in customer care improvements and brand awareness.
  • Public Health e.g.knowledge on the internal workings of public health organisations, the way that they identify partners to work with

Under the Trust Deed  there are a maximum of 12 Governors (who are also the charity trustees) who are appointed by the Board.    Governors are accountable to OSCR, HMRC and a host of other statutory bodies, their fellow governors and employees of the Trust.
As charitable trustees the Governors:-

  • act in the interests of the charity
  • seek, in good faith, to ensure that the charity operates in a manner that is consistent with its objects or purposes
  • act with the care and diligence that it is reasonable to expect of a person who is managing the affairs of another person
  • ensure that the charity complies with the provisions of the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland ) Act 1995 and , and other relevant legislation.
  • Meet the “fit and proper person” test set out by HMRC for charity trustees.

In addition, the Trust has adopted Governance Principles and a Code of Practice to assist and support Governors in their responsibilities.
The Governors currently meet 4 times per year as a Board and in addition there are a number of Board committees upon which various Governors are called upon to share their knowledge and expertise.  The Governors are expected to gain an overview of the workings of the IOM and to meet the Chief Executive and members of the BoM.
Candidates must be aged 18 or over and are not eligible for appointment as a Governor if they:-
(i) are an employee of the IOM or any of its connected organisations; or (ii) have engaged in conduct that would or might be reasonably expected to bring the IOM, the Trust or the Governing Body into disrepute; or (iii)have been disqualified from acting as a charity trustee or would be ineligible by virtue of any statutory provision for the time being in force.
Governors, once appointed, serve for a term of 3 years and are eligible for re-election for further terms, but no Governor may serve for more than [9] consecutive years.
The Board expects that any Governorial nominee will have a range of skills and experience which will equip him or her to carry out the role successfully.
Nominees are asked to confirm that they are in a position to provide the necessary time commitment to the role.
Nominees are also asked to confirm that they are not disqualified to act as a charity trustee.

Next Steps

Anyone interested in applying to become a Governor of the IOM should submit their CV and a covering note of interest using the apply now link   alternatively these can be sent directly to Michelle Reid, People & Operations Director via email
Once received, a selection process will take place and successful candidates will be invited to interview with the Chair of the Board, Stephen Hutt, and Michelle Reid, People & Operations Director.
A full governor pack is available upon request.

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