CIWM General Council and Committees

General Council

The General Council of the Institution is the main governing body of the Institution. The members of the Council are both the Directors of the Company Incorporated by Royal Charter, and the Trustees of the Charity. They are elected to office by the corporate members of the Institution, ie those in the classes of Fellow, Member and Licentiate, based on the geographical area of each Centre. It also includes the President, the Senior & Junior Vice-Presidents, the Honorary Treasurer, the Chairmen of two important committees, and a number of Past Presidents. There are currently 27 places on the General Council.

The General Council is the governing body of the Institution and has ultimate responsibility for the Institution's strategy and policy, and for ensuring that the various committees carry out the tasks delegated to them in accordance with the agreed policy and strategies. In particular it is responsible for the preparation of the Institution's budget and its monitoring throughout the year, and for the preparation of the Director's Annual Report. Council normally meets three times a year, and is chaired by the President. In practice, to assist the smooth and efficient running of the Institution's affairs, a number of functions are delegated to either the Executive Committee, or one of a number of other committees.

Members Council

The Members Council consists of CIWM members appointed by each regional centre council, a representative of the New Members’ Network and also the presidential team, which itself consists of the current and past presidents, as well as the vice president and the junior vice president.

The Members Council is the official representative body of CIWM members and will have primarily three functions. The first is to provide a two-way structured communication route between members and centres, centres and trustees.

The second is to provide advice to trustees and the senior management team on key professional and strategic policy issues relevant to members. Thirdly, the Members Council will be responsible for electing the institution’s junior vice president.

The transition from General Council to Members Council as the main governing body of CIWM is currently underway and will complete by November 2019.

Find your Members Council representative here.

Executive Committee

The day to day management of the Institution is delegated from the General Council to an Executive Committee of 11. These are drawn from the elected members of the General Council together with the Chairmen of a number of specific committees and the Board of the Institution's trading company, CIWM Enterprises Ltd. The Executive Committee normally meets ten times a year, monitors the finances of the Institution, receives reports from various committees, and deals with any management matters which require action between meetings of the General Council.

Finance Committee

The small Finance Committee is responsible for the detailed monitoring of the Institution's finances on a regular monthly basis, examining the management accounts covering both revenue and capital expenditure for the Institution and its trading subsidiaries, ensuring that best use is made of any surpluses, and that budgets correspond with the Institution's strategic plans. The Committee reports to each meeting of the Executive Committee, and through them to each meeting of the Council.

Scientific & Technical Committee

The role of the Scientific & Technical Committee is to develop technical policies for the Institution, promote best practice, and provide a forum for the discussion and development of wastes and secondary resources management, together with other relevant environmental issues, for both members of the Institution and for the benefit of the public at large. It fulfils these objectives in a number of ways: by the publication of a monthly Journal, a peer reviewed quarterly journal CWRM - Communications in Waste and Resource Management, the regular production of guidance notes setting out best practice in various waste related subject areas, and the convening of conferences, seminars & workshops. It is responsible for maintaining the Library which is available for the use of members, providing a response to technical questions from members and other enquirers, and acts as the conduit for the Institution's response to European, central and regional government consultation papers on relevant topics. The Committee also oversees the Special Interest Groups established to provide a forum on specific topics.

Education, Training & Membership Committee

This committee encourages the development of a wide range of academic courses offered by colleges and universities, and aims to ensure that they meet the needs of the industry. It oversees the content and quality of the Institution's portfolio of vocational training course, and manages the Institution's two programmes of personal professional development for its members. It also accredits courses offered by other education or training providers, so providing a standard of content and quality fit for purpose. Its role is to promote excellence in professional practice through a knowledgeable and appropriately qualified membership, and the management of the admissions process for membership of the Institution, and it actively promotes membership of the Institution as an exemplar of best practice within the industry. On behalf of the Society for the Environment it operates the review process for admission to the Register of Chartered Environmentalists under Licence granted by the Society.

Other Committees

The Audit Committee is chaired by an independent Chartered Accountant and reports direct to the General Council exists to ensure that the financial management systems within the Institution are rigorous and satisfy the legal requirements of both company law and charity law. The Investment Panel is established to oversee the investment policy of the Institution and to review the effectiveness of the Institution's investments.

A Communications Committee oversees the Institution's dealings with the media in all its forms.

The Corporate Governance & Professional Ethics Committee is responsible for both monitoring & reviewing the constitution of the Institution, and for dealing with individual members' alleged contraventions of the Code of Professional Conduct.

All three of these committees include members of the Institution who are not otherwise elected as a member of the General Council.

The Personnel Committee deals with all employment issues, including appointments, salary reviews, pensions, and other employment benefits.

In addition to the committees described above, there are a number of other committees and sub-committees, some of which are set up from time to time to deal with specific projects or other matters, often with a limited life span.