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

IFST's organisational structure is designed to meet our continuing fundamental objectives whilst retaining flexibility to accommodate shifts in emphasis and evolutionary change. The Standing Committees advise 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 6 Standing Committees.  An Independent Assessor, responsible for assessing the effectiveness with which the Board discharges its duties, attends Board meetings but is not a Trustee.

Minutes of the last meeting of the Board of Trustees (you must be logged in to view these minutes)

Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting (AGM), which is open to Members and Fellows, normally takes place in March each year.  

The 2018 AGM draft minutes are now available (you must be logged in to view these).


Finance Committee

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

Executive Team

Comprises the Chief Executive (CE), who works with the Board of Trustees on resource planning, management priorities, development and legal and financial aspects. The CE is supported by six staff in implementing IFST policies and fulfilling plans. 

Nominations Committee

A small sub-committee of the Board which convenes to assess candidate applications received following any call for nominations and to maintain a watch on the overall succession planning for the Institute’s Standing and Advisory Committees and especially for their key roles (Chair, Secretary). Please find the Committee's Terms of Reference here.

Standing Committees

There are 6 Standing Committees and each are made up by volunteers, a member of the Executive team and a Board member. The Committees oversee activities relating to their particular area and feedback to the Board. Committees include: Communications, Education & Careers, Membership, Professional Development, Publications and Scientific Committees.  

UK Regions

IFST has seven regional branches across the UK, as well as hubs, for areas with a high volume of IFST members. Regions bring together members in close proximity to plan or attend events such as factory visits or conferences, run competitions and hold meetings.


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