The Institution of Analysts and Programmers is ultimately governed by Trustee Board, which is a body elected from the Institution’s membership at its Annual General Meeting in October of each year.  Members of Trustee Board serve a three-year term of office. A retiring Member of Trustee Board may stand for re-election if they so desire.  Members of Trustee Board are automatically appointed non-executive directors of the Institution and have the legal duties and obligations of company directors under the Companies Act 2006.

The Officers of the Institution are appointed for renewable one year terms at the Annual General Meeting. The most senior officer of the Institution is the President, who acts as the professional body’s ceremonial head. The President is usually also elected as Chairman of Trustee Board. The Vice-President of the Institution deputises for the President at formal events and is also usually elected as Vice-Chairman of Council. The Treasurer and Secretary are also appointed at the Annual General Meeting.

Trustee Board reserves certain matters for its consideration but delegates much of its power to the Institution’s Executive Board, which is led by the Director General. The Director General is the Institution’s Chief Executive Officer and is appointed by Council as the Institution’s strategic leader. The Executive Board is chaired by the Director General and comprises the Director for Professionalism and Education, the Operations Director, the Finance Director, the Director for Member Engagement, the Technology and Communications Director and the Marketing Director. The Executive Board also benefits from the advice of the Director Emeritus.

The Trustee Board has four committees that focus on various activities. The Audit and Risk Committee is responsible for auditing the Institution’s activities and assessing its exposure to risk. It is chaired by the Treasurur and two other Members of Trustee Board, who must not hold any executive post within the organisation. The Treasurer also chairs the Remuneration Committee, which also consists of two Members of Trustee Board (again who must not hold any executive post) and sets the fees of senior executives.

The Nominations and Appointments Committee is chaired by the President and consists of three Members of Council and the Director General. It is responsible for appointing Members of Trustee Board to Trustee Board committees,  as well as working with the Director General to appoint the executive directors and other senior members of staff. The Nominations and Appointments Committee also makes recommendations to Council regarding the election of Distinguished Fellows and Companions of the Instititution. The committee also recommends the appointment of the Director General.

The President’s Committee, which consists of the Officers of the Institution and the Director General, considers urgent matters and such other business as Council considers fit to delegate to it from time to time.