The Institute is a democratic membership organisation and is governed by its Royal Charter and by-laws. The Board of Directors is responsible for managing the affairs of CIfA in accordance with the Charter, by-law and regulations, with the day to day running of CIfA carried out by the staff. The Advisory Council represents the interests of the membership and offer thoughtful and detailed advice to the Board of Directors on policy, strategy and potentially controversial decisions.
A list of current Board and Advisory Council members is available on the CIfA Organisation webpages.
The Board of Directors has up to twelve members which include the Honorary Chair, Honorary Treasurer, six further elected members, the Chief Executive, a staff member, and the option for two further members to bring in relevant expertise. Elections are for a three-year period with the option of standing for a further three-year term. The Board of Directors usually meets six times per year, and in addition Board members will be invited to attend meetings of the Advisory Council.
The Advisory Council has up to 40 members, 20 of which are elected by the membership and up to 20 filled by representatives from each individual special interest or area group.
Elected positions are for a three-year period with the option of standing for a further three-year term. Nominated representatives from Groups are for a one-year period. The Advisory Council usually meets twice a year (timings of these are to be decided) and will invite members of the Board of Directors to attend.
Election to Advisory Council or the Board provides a great opportunity to be involved in and learn more about the issues CIfA is involved in. Nominations and elections take place from July each year to tie in with the Annual General Meeting.