The institution wants to ensure it is acting according to best practice, following a governance scandal at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) last year.
ICE Senior Vice President Keith Howells is to undertake a review of the role, responsibilities and delegated authorities of the director general and secretary (DG&S) in relation to the institution's Trustee Board and president.
The review follows events at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) last year ,which triggered an independent report into governance – culminating in the dismissal of four board members and high profile resignations, severely damaging its reputation.
Howells’ review aims to confirm that ICE’s governance arrangements continue to operate in accordance with best practices.
The Orr Review
Changes had already been made to the governance structure following the Orr Review. The review took an in-depth look at the Royal Charter, the By Laws, the relationship between the Trustee Board and Council, and the responsibilities of the trustees, the Council and the key committees.
While these changes placed the institution in a less ambiguous situation than RICS, trustees agreed that further review focusing on the role, responsibilities and delegated authorities of the DG&S in relation to the Trustee Board and the president is needed.
The review will also seek to clarify the role and responsibilities of the Audit Committee, as well as the relationship between the ICE and its commercial arm (TTL) to ensure compliance with Charity Commission guidance.
Howells will lead the review assisted by a taskforce which includes Paul Sheffield, Andrew McNaughton, Emer Murnaghan, Karen Britton, Mark Jamieson and Philip Greenish, and is supported by Mike Napier.
The taskforce is seeking views from a group of the ICE membership with governance knowledge and experience, such as committee chairs, past presidents and regional representatives, but members who wish to offer their views are invited to complete a brief questionnaire which can be requested from [email protected].