IfA’s organisational structure has been reviewed to ensure that IfA is in the best possible shape to deliver the strategic plan and to address disappointing financial performance. Those proposed reforms relating to governance and constitutional matters will be discussed by Council in November; some may require an AGM. Reforms to the staff structure were implemented rapidly during September.
The management team has been strengthened by the creation of posts for the three core functions of the Institute: setting standards, measuring compliance with standards and promoting standards. Kate Geary has been appointed Standards Development Manager, Kirsten Collins Standards Compliance Manager, and the post of Standards Promotions Manager is being advertised under the title of Communications Manager. The team also includes a Head of Governance and Finance (Alex Llewellyn) and a Chief Executive (Peter Hinton). Tim Howard has taken over the role of Policy Advisor, and Kathryn Whittington is our Membership and Services Coordinator. The posts of Editor, JIS Compiler, and Workplace Learning Bursaries Coordinator are unaffected by the restructuring and therefore Alison Taylor, Lynne Bevan and Andrea Bradley remain in post.
It is estimated that next year the annual core staff costs will fall to c £288,000, compared with £389,000 last year and a budget for this year of £349,000. Sadly, a reduction of this scale means losses, and we have said farewell to Anne Bobby (Administrative Assistant), Gina Jacklin (Finance and Administrative Assistant) and Kenneth Aitchison (Head of Projects and Professional Development). Parting has been amicable, and former colleagues may well be working with IfA in future.