We are governed by our Royal Charter and Bylaws, which set out our powers and ‘operating rules’. We also have internal ‘rules’ covering how we operate on a day-to-day basis, which are our Governance Regulations, Membership Regulations and our Professional Conduct Regulations.
As a registered charity in England and Wales, we are also governed by the rules of the Charity Commission.
We are led by a Governing Board, elected by the members and chaired by the President. Our four Vice Presidents, Honorary Treasurer and Honorary Company Secretary are members of the Board, together with five elected members. The Board provides strategic leadership and direction whilst also ensuring good governance and effective control. The Board delegates some of its responsibilities to various committees, which also have an advisory role.
Major strategic decisions are taken by our members at the Annual General Meeting.
Our Fellows come from all professional sectors represented by our membership and are ambassadors for the profession and for us. The Fellows Forum meets annually to provide expert advice and guidance to the Board on matters that impact the profession or our strategic direction.
Our Advisory Forum meets biannually and is made up of elected members and representatives of our committees and member networks. Their role is to provide advice to the Governing Board on internal matters affecting our members, new projects and initiatives.
The Governing Board has three sub-committees: The Audit and Risk Sub-committee, the Registration Authority and the Strategic Policy Sub-committee.
The Audit and Risk Sub-committee’s role is to support the Board by scrutinising areas of risk, including financial, health and safety and operational.
The Registration Authority oversees the management of the Register of Chartered Ecologists, advising the Board on eligibility criteria and assessment as well as undertaking quality assurance and providing guidance to prospective registrants.
The Strategic Policy Panel supports our policy and influencing work, liaising closely with the Country Policy Groups.
Standing Committees provide strategic advice and operational support to the Board and to the Secretariat. We have three Standing Committees.
Membership Admissions Committee (MAC)
MAC members oversee implementation of the Membership Regulations, keeping membership eligibility criteria under review and undertaking assessment of membership applications for professional membership grades.
Training, Education and Careers Development Committee (TECDC)
TECDC has oversight of our continuing professional development (CPD) activities, including the training programme, conferences, careers advice and links with universities and other higher education institutes.
Professional Standards Committee (PSC)
PSC provides professional advice and support to our members by overseeing the production of practice guidance, supporting projects and initiatives to raise standards and having oversight of the process, and participating in the assessment of, complaints against members.
For the latter, PSC works closely with members of the Professional Conduct Pool.