How we are run: our governance

We run our activities through a not-for-profit, limited liability company which was granted charitable status in November 2007. The company's directors are our Board of Trustees, elected by our membership.

Our organisational structure is designed to meet our continuing fundamental objectives whilst retaining flexibility to accommodate shifts in emphasis and evolutionary change. The Standing Committees and Forums advise and inform the Board of Trustees on the topics and activities for which they are responsible.

Board of Trustees

The governing and policy making body (legally also the Board of Directors) of the company and consists of  a President, President Elect or Immediate Past President, Vice President, Honorary Secretary, Honorary Treasurer, and the Chairs of the Standing Committees and Forums.  An Independent Assessor, responsible for assessing the effectiveness with which the Board discharges its duties, attends Board meetings but is not a Trustee.

We make the minutes of our most recent meetings available to members.

Annual General Meeting

Our Annual General Meeting (AGM) is open to Members and Fellows and normally takes place in March each year.  The 2018 AGM agenda and explanatory notes are available to download (you must be logged in to view these), alongside Financial Statements 2016-17.  The next AGM will be held on Tuesday 12 March 2019; details to be confirmed.

Finance Committee

Advises the Board on financial matters.  It is chaired by the Hon Treasurer. 

Executive Team

Comprises the Chief Executive, who works with the Board of Trustees on resource planning, management priorities, development and legal and financial aspects. The Chief Executive is supported by a small team to implement policies and fulfill our plans. 

Nominations Committee

We have formed a small sub-committee of the Board to assess candidate applications received following any call for nominations and to maintain a watch on the overall succession planning for our Standing and Advisory Committees and especially for their key roles (Chair, Secretary).

Standing Committees and Forums

We run a number of Standing Committees and Forums each are made up by volunteers, members of the Executive team and a Board member. Our Committees oversee activities relating to their particular area and feedback to the Board. The Forums help develop policy, take work our forward, and inform debate. 

UK Regions and Branches

We also work across seven regional branches around the UK. Regions bring together members in the local geographical area to plan or attend events such as factory visits or conferences, run competitions and hold meetings.

Subject Interest Groups

Provide opportunities for members with common subject interests to come together professionally.

11/06/2018
IFST_MemoArts_130318_Agreed.pdf
11/06/2018
IFST_Regulations_140317.pdf
11/06/2018
Signed accounts MS and IFST.pdf