Non-ICE members with specialist communications experience could form part of a new public voice committee, public voice head and ICE vice president Geoff French told Council last week.
The ICE is to establish a public voice committee to give greater prominence to work on the Institution’s public standing and to give better clarity to Council on what this area of the ICE does, said French.
It would be made of up of ICE presidential and expert panel representatives, with allowance for additional skilled members from within Council, the wider ICE membership, or possibly, non-members. It means Council Members will receive briefings on new ICE reports at the same time as the press. ICE members with communications experience may also be invited to sit on the board.
The move came after a governance review of the ICE. Public voice work is seen as one of three core strands of the Institution’s work, alongside the Learned Society and the Membership, both of which have committees reporting directly to Council.
Public voice work does not currently have a committee and the decision was taken to form one to ensure that this area of the ICE’s work receives proper governance. Council will receive quarterly reports from the committee on the ICE’s public voice work and progress. The move was approved by Council.