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.
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.
Our Annual General Meeting (AGM) is open to Members and Fellows and normally takes place in March each year. The 2020 AGM agenda, Financial Statements 2019-20 and associated documents are available to members to read and download.
Advises the Board on financial matters. It is chaired by the Hon Treasurer.
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.
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. They 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 forward, and inform the debate.
We also work across seven branches around the UK. Branches bring together members in the local geographical area to plan or attend events such as factory visits or conferences, run competitions and hold meetings.
Provide opportunities for members with common special interests to come together professionally.
IFST's prizes and awards programme is designed to recognise and celebrate the outstanding work/achievement of a group or individual throughout the food science community. From Honorary Fellowship to the Impact Award, there are plenty of opportunities to celebrate outstanding work by food professionals.