Ian Sayers | President

In addition to the general responsibilities of a council member, duties of the president include the following:

  • Providing leadership to the organisation and the council by ensuring that everyone remains focused on the delivery of the organisation’s charitable purposes in order to provide greater public benefit
  • Chairing and facilitating council meetings and attending any additional meetings as required.
  • Giving direction to Council on policymaking.
  • Checking that decisions taken at meetings are implemented.
  • Representing the organisation at functions and meetings, and acting as a spokesperson as appropriate
  • Bringing impartiality and objectivity to decision-making


With the Executive Director:

  • Planning the annual cycle of board meetings and other general meetings where required, for example annual general meeting
  • Acts as Line Manager for Executive Director as required.
  • Setting agendas for Council and other general meetings
  • Developing the Council, including induction, training, and succession planning
  • Addressing conflict within the Council and within the organisation, and liaising with the Executive Director to achieve this.
  • Liaising with the Executive Director to keep an overview of the organisation’s financial affairs and to provide support as appropriate.
  • Leading the process of supporting and appraising the performance of the Executive Director
  • Sitting on appointment and disciplinary panels


Person specification

In addition to the person specification for a council member, the President should have the following qualities.

  • Leadership skills
  • Experience of committee work
  • Tact and diplomacy
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Impartiality, fairness and the ability to respect confidences.

In most circumstances, it would also be desirable for the President/President Elect to have knowledge of the type of work undertaken by the organisation and a wider involvement with the energy sector.

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