Effective committee meetings

Committee meetings are the formal, minuted meetings of the volunteers who have been entrusted by the local members to deliver learning and networking opportunities on their behalf.

Committee meetings tend to follow a set format and should be run to an agenda to ensure all the relevant topics are addressed. A branch committee agenda and a group committee agenda have been produced to provide some guidance.

Group committee agendas are developed between the committee Chair and the Relationship Manager. 

All committee meetings should be minuted, with key decisions agreed by the committee. Many committees also find action lists to be a useful way of monitoring activities and responsibilities, and recording the closing of items as they occur.

The Chair leads the committee. However, the committee decides issues and activities by consensus. The Chair is responsible for ensuring the activities of the Network are fair and inclusive and reflect IOSH's corporate strategy WORK 2022, and holds ultimate responsibility for ensuring the success of the Network. Please refer to descriptions of Branch Chairs and Group Chairs for further details.

To ensure the volunteers get value from their volunteering and have a positive experience, it is important to ensure the business of the meeting is dealt with efficiently and effectively. It is the responsibility of the Chair to keep the meeting on track, but everyone’s responsibility to respect the agenda and the need to keep moving.

[v3 February 2018]