Presidential Commission

ICE’s Council and Trustee Board have set up a Presidential Commission to review the governance of the Institution during 2019.

The Commission is an advisory body. It is made up of ICE members who have had significant involvement in the Institution, as well as external members with strong experience of governance.

The Commission was set up following the introduction of new ICE governance arrangements in November 2018 as a result of a member ballot, and the acceptance of a Special General Meeting resolution which called for a full review of ICE governance.

The Commission’s purpose is to make recommendations to the Council and Trustee Board about ICE governance, to enable the Institution to deliver its Royal Charter objects as effectively as possible.

The Commission has planned its work in three stages:

  1. Consult widely on the key principles and issues for the good governance of an Institution like ICE. Receive evidence and submissions from ICE members and stakeholders, hold discussions with the main ICE Boards and Committees, consult the Specialist Knowledge Societies, and review the governance of comparator organisations.
  2. Develop Options for Future ICE Governance. The Commission will consider the key issues identified, and evidence gathered, during Stage 1 and look at the options for future governance of the ICE.
  3. Consult and Report on Future Options. The Commission will publish, and consult widely on, an Interim Report setting out the emerging positions and options. It will take account of the feedback and finalise its recommendations to the Council and Trustee Board towards the end of 2019.

Stage 1 is now complete. We are most grateful to everyone who contributed: those who gave evidence in a number of open sessions (you can read their evidence papers below); ICE members who made submissions to the Commission; the outcome of workshops with the ICE’s main Boards and Committees; and responses from the ICE’s Specialist Knowledge Societies. All of these comments have been collated and seen by the Commission.

The Commission received a wide range of views. We are now in Stage 2 of its work plan, and our task over May, June and July is to consider the material provided and to take it into account in developing an Interim Report for Consultation.

We expect to publish the Interim Report in late summer. This will be the subject of a further round of consultation with ICE members in Stage 3 of the Commission’s work, later this year.

Should you wish to contact the Commission, please email [email protected].

Read more about the Presidential Commission and its work:

About the Commission

Submissions to evidence sessions

Background papers

Minutes of Commission meetings