ICE Council met to discuss the results of a Special General Meeting (SGM) called after the summer’s ballot on Governance changes to the institution.
The membership has already voted on a proposal to reduce the size of the Trustee Board from 44 to 12 and having gained majority support during the ballot these changes will go ahead in November.
However, the Council accepts the result of the SGM and legitimate concerns expressed at that meeting about the need for effective communications and has therefore decided to implement a full governance review, which will be overseen by ICE Council.
The review will consult widely across the membership and interested parties and will report to Council throughout 2019 prior to framing recommendations on the basis of the consultation.
Speaking on behalf of Council, President Professor Lord Robert Mair and Vice President, Public Voice Rachel Skinner said:
“Council has and continues to act scrupulously in accordance with ICE’s by-laws.
“Under our by-laws we are compelled to introduce the governance changes accepted by the membership in July.
“At the same time, we have listened to and accepted the results of the SGM. In particular we recognise that there were concerns over communications, engagement and process in how those proposals were brought to the members.
“In accordance with the SGM resolutions, Council has decided to commit to a full governance review under the new trustee structure. This will include a comprehensive period of consultation to ensure that a full range of views are heard.
“Our next step will be to appoint an independent chair to lead this review. They will develop terms of reference, form a diverse and inclusive working group and collate an onward programme for Council approval in December.”