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Posted By Heather Ette, 22 March 2018

IEP Board Update

Building on the success of last year, the IEP Board, the elected body that leads the IEP on behalf of its Members, have agreed new strategic objectives for 2018 to deliver further improvements and strengthen our offer to our Membership and our Partners.

We were pleased to report on our achievements at last year's AGM and in our Progress Report and have continued to make further progress this year against all of our agreed objectives.

IEP Objectives - 2018

1. Governance Processes

To create clearly defined processes enabling the board to have oversight of progress against strategic and operational objectives, and to comply with legal and constitutional requirements.

2. Individual Offer

To identify, define and communicate our membership offer to individuals.

To include:

  • Redesign and relaunch of the IEP website to enhance and improve the way we communicate and promote our messages.
  • A targeted 'what works" campaign involving the IEP Membership.
  • Networking sessions, regional network meetings and continued Fellows events and dinners.

3. Stakeholder Strategy

To identify, prioritise and influence key stakeholders to maintain and expand relationships and opportunities for growth.

To include:

  • Developing a system of more proactive engagement around policy and strategic aims and objectives. Maintaining and developing IEP's presence and profile and increasing brand recognition.
  • Wider engagement and involvement with Corporate Affiliate Partners to establish partnership opportunities.

4. Financial Strategy

To identify opportunities that facilitate organisational investment and enable growth consistent with our vision and values.

5. Trailblazer

To ensure the quality, rigour and scope of the standard and enable the development of commercial opportunities for the IEP.

To include:

  • To make sure that the process of engagement and delivery is robust." Agree a clear plan for early influence and engagement to deliver realistic opportunity.
  • Continue to look for the wider engagement with the standard.

6. Communication Strategy

To embed an effective communications strategy that underpins all strategic objectives.

To include:

  • Continuing to enhance content through the IEP's weekly newsletter, 'EP'.
  • Developing and delivering a wider social media strategy.
  • Developing a Communications, marketing and PR strategy.

Portfolio Leads

We have developed new areas of responsibility for our Board Members in order that they can be responsible for furthering their own designated area of work with regards to the IEP. Each new designated area has been awarded a 'Portfolio Lead' to bring focus and direction to the most strategic objectives for the IEP.

Our Portfolio Leads are as follows:

Regional Networks - Stewart Holdsworth MIEP

Stakeholder Engagement - Keith Faulkner CBE FIEP

JCP / Local Authority Pilots and Engagement - Pat Russell MIEP

Grants, Bids and International Development - Ayden Sims MIEP

Finance and Audit - Dan Wright MIEP

Process and Mapping - Deborah Tillet FIEP

Trailblazer - Scott Parkin FIEP

Individual Membership Offer - Zoe Bradwick MIEP and Rebecca Keating MIEP

Corporate Affiliate Partner and Strategic Partner Offer - Rhys Toone FIEP

UK Business Development - Mary Cripps-Warwick FIEP

Marketing, PR and Communications - Teresa Scott OBE FIEP

Joint Portfolio Lead for Individual Membership Offer, Zoe Bradwick MIEP said "The importance of having a compelling individual offer that genuinely responds to the needs of both our existing and future frontline staff is clear and I believe that myself and Rebecca are well positioned to achieve this. We both have a real passion to put the individual at the heart of the IEP and ensure that our individual Membership offer meets their needs"

Ayden Sims MIEP, Portfolio Lead for Grants, Bids and International Development said "The new 'Portfolio' approach being undertaken by the IEP Board ensures that key areas of interest for us are afforded the appropriate level of effort and attention, whilst also maximising the unique skills and capabilities of each of the Board Members.

"The IEP is keen to continue to grow, enabling us to engage ever increasing numbers of organisations and employability professionals, who are delivering services across a range of sectors both in the UK and further afield. One of the main ways of doing this is to look at opportunities to secure new business through bidding for new work that enhances our core mission, through grants, research opportunities and expansion into new markets.

"As I have a Business Development background, I have taken the lead on the 'Grants, Bids and International Development' portfolio, with my aim being to identify new opportunities for the IEP and achieve the growth we aspire to. I feel this is a really exciting development for the IEP and am looking forward to working with my fellow Board Members and wider Membership to develop this portfolio agenda."

IEP Chairman Scott Parkin FIEP said "There is much work to do but I am convinced that with the IEP Board's support we will build on the success of last year and deliver an IEP that encompasses the needs of all the people that we reach. I am grateful to all of the Board Members, particularly those who have taken on the new Portfolio Lead roles, for their continued time and commitment. The work involved in supporting the IEP is not insignificant and all of the Board Members offer their time for free, on top of their day jobs.

"I very much look forward to working with our Members, the IEP Board and our Corporate Affiliate and Strategic Partners to plan the delivery of these objectives and continuing to improve your IEP".

There are many ways in which you can get directly involved in the work of the IEP. If you want to contribute or just want more information please contact

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