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ICE governance reform approved to go ahead next month


The ICE’s new governance structure will come into play at the start of November, after the Privy Council approved the changes to the institution’s Royal Charter.

On 6 November, the 44-strong ICE-Council will transfer governance decisions to a smaller board of 12 trustees, following a members ballot in July.

More than 70% of corporate members who voted in the original ballot held voted in favour of bylaw changes. Total votes cast were 3,954 out of the 44,437 members eligible to vote, representing an 8.9% return – up on 7.5% in the last ballot in 2016.

However, following the ballot, 129 members voted in favour of holding a new ballot with 88 opposing the motion raised by former ICE presidents Paul Jowitt and Jean Venables at a Special General Meeting (SGM).

Those at the SGM also voted in favour of a consultation period with Council and expressed “disappointment” with the ICE in its handling of the governance ballot.

While the ICE ruled against holding a new ballot, it has vowed to launch a full governance review which will consult with members and report back to Council throughout 2019 “prior to framing recommendations on the basis of the consultation”.

The draft Terms of Reference and proposed membership of the governance review team are now being prepared for discussion by Council in December.

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