The Board of Trustees is the governing body of the Institute and comprises the elected Officers of the Institute and the Immediate Past President, whose appointments are all ex officio, and representatives elected by/from Council; their terms on the Board being subject to triennial review. Membership of the Board is published in the Annual Report. Their powers and duties are laid down in the Royal Charter and Bye-laws Royal Charter and Bye Laws. A principal concern of the Board is the institute's discharge of its obligation and commitments to serving the public benefit. Although accountable for their decisions and actions, the Trustees have the authority to delegate responsibilities. The Board therefore operates through Council and a hierarchy of Boards and Committees, some of which have their own sub-committees and panels.
Council is the members' elected body to foster and promote their interests in the Institute. Its primary role is to advise the Trustees on Institute activities and operations and to represent the members' views in these matters. A particular responsibility, laid down in the Bye-laws is to monitor the governance of the Institute. Through its dialogue with the Board, Council therefore makes an important contribution to the running of the Institute.
Elections to Council are held annually on a national basis and regionally, via the Local Sections, triennially. The term of service on Council for all elected members is three years with members serving and retiring on a staggered basis so that there is continuity. Council can co-opt members with expertise in specific areas relevant to its concerns.
Officers of the Institute
The Officers of the Institute are the President, (up to six) Vice Presidents, Honorary Secretary and Honorary Treasurer. The President is appointed as determined by the Trustees, normally in consultation with Council, for an initial term of two years' office. All other Officers are elected from and by the members for initial terms of three years' office. All appointments are reported to and confirmed at the Institute's Annual General Meetings.