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 and by-laws, 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.
Some processes are delegated to committees, which are also made up of CIfA members who volunteer their time.
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 current Board members are
Jan Wills (Chair)
Beverley Ballin Smith
Neil Maylan (Treasurer)
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.
The current Advisory Council members are
Nick Shepherd (acting Chair)
James Adcock (Geophysics)
Katie Bell (Maritime Affairs)
Colin Forrestal (Information Management)
Liz Gardner (GAG)
Catherine Gibbs (Diggers’ Forum)
Mike Green (Wales/Cymru)
Andy Holland (Forensic)
Cara Jones (Scottish Group)
Mike Nevell (Buildings)
Leonora O’Brien (International Practice)
Matt Parker Wooding (Finds Group)
Helen Parslow (Archives)
Nicola Powell (Project Management)
Natalie Ward (New Generation)
Rob Whytehead (London)
vacant (Voluntary and Community)
vacant (Research and Impact)