Council, as the Board of Trustees, has ultimate responsibility for directing the affairs of the Institute, and ensuring that it is solvent, well-run, and delivering the charitable outcomes for the benefit of the public for which it has been set up.The role of Council can be summarised as follows:
- Ensuring that the Institute complies with its governing documents, charity law, and other relevant legislation or regulations;
- Ensuring that the Institute pursues its objects as set out in the Royal Charter;
- Ensuring that the Institute applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objects;
- Giving firm strategic direction to the organisation, setting overall policy, defining goals, setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets;
- Ensuring proper and effective use of the Institute’s resources, and maintaining and enhancing the reputation and profile of the Institute;
- Ensuring effective representation of and interaction with the membership;
- Overseeing the processes for election, progression and disciplining of members;
- Overseeing the activities of the Executive;
- Safeguarding the good name and ethos of the Institute.
Council can generally delegate certain powers, but will and must always retain the ultimate responsibility for running the Institute. Given the size of the Institute and its many activities, Council has delegated some powers to standing committees, thus ensuring that the required time and attention is applied to overseeing specific areas of interest. These specific delegations are set out in the relevant committee terms of references.