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. Its purpose is to make recommendations to the Council and Trustee Board about the ICE governance arrangements introduced in November 2018, to enable the Institution to deliver its Royal Charter objects as effectively as possible.

The Commission has planned its work in three stages:

  1. The current stage will consider the key principles and issues for the good governance of an Institution like ICE. This will include taking evidence and submissions from ICE members and stakeholders, discussions with the main ICE Boards and Committees, consulting the Specialist Knowledge Societies, and reviewing the governance of comparator organisations.
  2. Developing Options for Future ICE Governance. The Commission will consider the evidence gathered and look at the options for future governance of the ICE.
  3. Consulting and Reporting on Future Options. The Commission will consult widely on the emerging options before finalising its recommendations to the Council and Trustee Board towards the end of 2019.

The Commission held open sessions on 22 January and 20 February 2019, when the President, Director General and Secretary, and a range of ICE members gave evidence to the Commission. You can read their submissions  below.

A further open session will be held on Monday 29 April 2019 (provisional timing 10:45 - 11:45), when the Commission will hear from Dr Andrew Purkis OBE, an independent with extensive experience of trustee governance.

Members of the Institution are warmly invited to attend the evidence sessions as observers. Papers submitted to the open sessions will be published here soon afterwards.

The Commission is reviewing the ICE governance arrangements that were introduced in November 2018.

We are most grateful to all ICE members who responded to our Stage 1 consultation on the key principles and issues for ICE governance. All of these comments have been collated and seen by the Commission. This part of the consultation is now closed, but there will be a further opportunity for ICE members to have their say during Stage 3.

The Commission will take account of all the representations and evidence provided to us as we develop our Interim Report. 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

Terms of Reference for the Presidential Commission

Members of the Presidential Commission

Submissions to open evidence sessions

22 Jan 19 ICE President

22 Jan 19 ICE Director General & Secretary

20 Feb 19 GSNET and Graduates on Council

20 Feb 19 Teresa Frost, Council and Trustee Board Member

20 Feb 19 Past President Quentin Leiper

20 Feb 19 Past President Paul Jowitt, Past Vice President Adrian Coy, Ian Jenkinson and Richard Bayfield

Background papers

Summary of ICE Governance Arrangements

ICE Royal Charter and By-Laws

History of ICE Governance

Governance of Comparator Organisations

Key Principles of Good Governance

Governance Code for Larger Charities

Stage 1 Consultation Pack (consultation now closed)

Minutes of Commission meetings

6 November 2018

22 January 2019