ICE GOVERNANCE reform came under Council's scrutiny last month as vice president David Orr delivered a paper outlining a number of key issues and potential changes to the way the ICE is run.
The paper was the result of work by the Governance Working Group under Orr's chairmanship. This is intended to ensure the ICE is able to manage its business effectively in future while retaining member accountability.
Orr said that following discussion with other institutions, there were four key issues for preliminary discussion by Council:
top level governance structures
role and size of Council
He pointed out that while the ICE's Royal Charter required that the ICE's governance and control should rest with Council, it was possible and appropriate to discuss the size and make-up of this Council with regard to the remaining three key issues.
Orr outlined the issues surrounding the options available regarding the size and make-up of Council and made recommendations about the course preferred by the working group.
After discussion, Council voted to back each of Orr's three recommendations:
to maintain the status quo situation of a large council/trustee body and a small executive board
to agree that further consideration should be given to the size of the Council, making it slightly smaller if possible.
to agree in principle that the number of international Council members should be increased.
The precise number would be subject to further consideration. The facilities for attending Council by televideo conference should also be considered
to agree in principle that each UK region should be represented by one Territorial representative.
These recommendations will now be handed back to the Working Group and detailed recommendations will be presented to Council at its meeting on 1 November 2006.