As a company limited by guarantee and a charity registered in England and Wales, the IBMS is governed by a board of council members and executive staff that ensure we meet our charitable objectives and that we're effectively managed. 

Day-to-day leadership of the organisation is undertaken by our executive team, led by our Chief Executive.

Governance in the IBMS 

The governing documents of the IBMS are our Memorandum of Association and Articles of Association. They provide the IBMS with a legal identity and specific powers.

IBMS governance arrangements are regularly reviewed to ensure they are fit for purpose and in line with latest best practice guidance.

Governance in the IBMS sets out current processes and procedures adopted by IBMS Council and contains role details for all those that volunteer their time on behalf of the IBMS.

IBMS Council 

IBMS Council is the governing body of the IBMS and its role is to ensure that the IBMS is effectively led, properly run and meets the need for which the IBMS was set up to:

promote the study and development of biomedical science.

Council members, as trustees, take ultimate responsibility for the governance of the IBMS. They are responsible for setting the strategic direction and agreeing the corporate objectives of the IBMS.

As part of our commitment to open and transparent governance, the IBMS allows observers to attend Council and Committee meetings.

Good governance 

Fundamental to the effective operation of the IBMS, good governance means:

  • focusing on the organisation’s purpose
  • developing the capacity and capability of the governing body to be effective
  • performing effectively in clearly defined roles
  • taking informed, transparent decisions and managing risk
  • promoting values and demonstrating them through behaviours
  • engaging stakeholders and making accountability real
  • upholding the Nolan principles of public life
  • complying with the principles of the Charity Governance Code.