Jun 282021
The Independent Funeral Standards Organisation (IFSO) – Lay Board Member

Lay Board Member - The Independent Funeral Standards Organisation (IFSO)

Recruiter: The Independent Funeral Standards Organisation (IFSO)
Location: Homeworking, Solihull West Midlands, London Greater
Salary: £5k Per annum
Posted: 23 Jun 2021
Closes: 23 Jul 2021
Job Function: Board Member
Industry: Public, Central Government
Time Commitment: c. 10 days per annum (In the initial stages of the appointment more days may be required)


This is an exciting opportunity to join the Board of a new regulatory body (IFSO) to oversee the work of the funeral directors throughout the UK to implement a system of proportionate risk-based inspection and regulation.

In its Final Report to the Funeral Market Investigation, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) recommended to the UK Government, and the devolved administrations in Wales and Northern Ireland, that an inspection and registration regime be established to monitor the quality of funeral director services and facilities, with a focus on ‘back of house’ facilities. IFSO has been established in response to these recommendations.

IFSO is seeking board members to work with the Chair, the Rt Hon David Heath, to oversee regulatory activities, with the majority of the board not holding any current or prior connection with the funeral sector (i.e., ‘lay members’ of the Board). As a board member you will ensure that IFSO fulfils its core task of promoting and upholding the highest professional standards of funeral directing.

Key Responsibilities

  • Work closely with fellow board members and the Director of Regulation, to set the strategy and budget for IFSO, and approve its key policies and procedures.
  • Work with the Director of Regulation and Chair to provide support with regards to external communications.
  • Work with fellow board members to fulfil responsibility for regulatory activities.
  • Regularly review major risks and associated opportunities and ensure that systems are in place to take advantage of those opportunities whilst managing and mitigating any risks.
  • Develop and monitor the financial health of the organisation, with systems in place to ensure financial accountability.
  • Engage in the best, long-term interests of IFSO and takes ownership of decisions made.
  • Hold the Director of Regulation to account for the implementation of board policies
  • Establish and build a strong, effective and a constructive working relationship with the Director of Regulation and Chair of the Board.
  • Ensure regular contact with the Chair and other board members and develop and maintain an open and supportive relationships within which each can speak openly about concerns, worries and challenges.
  • Liaise with the Director of Regulation to maintain an overview of the organisation’s affairs and provide support, as necessary.

Personal Qualities

  • Demonstrate a strong and visible passion and commitment to IFSO, its strategic objectives and cause.
  • Exhibit strong inter-personal and relationship building abilities.
  • Demonstrate tact and diplomacy, with the ability to listen and engage effectively.
  • Strong networking capabilities that can be utilised for the benefit of IFSO.
  • Ability to foster and promote a collaborative team environment.
  • An ability to empathise with the views of the regulated community in delivering cost effective and proportionate outcomes-focussed regulation.
  • Demonstrable evidence and understanding of and a personal commitment to diversity and inclusion.
  • Ability to commit time to conduct the role well, including travel and attending events.


  • Experience of operating at a senior level within an organisation.
  • Experience of Change Management.
  • Successful track record of achievement through their career.
  • Thorough understanding of complex governance arrangements and evidence of willingness to uphold them.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with evidence of ability to engage and influence stakeholders, including governmental and political stakeholders at the highest level.

Knowledge and skills

  • Good understanding of governance issues for not-for-profit organisations.
  • Understanding of the nature of the role of devolved governments.


The Board Member will serve a four-year term and will be eligible for re-appointment for one additional term. The time commitment is anticipated to be approximately 10 days per year, which may vary depending on workload pressures and particularly in the initial stages of the organisation’s operation. The Member will be expected to be in regular contact with the Director of Regulation, attend board meetings (at least 4 per year), and any other meetings and events as required. Remuneration is £5K per annum.

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