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Mark Whittaker will stay on as IWFM Chair .

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Mark Whittaker will stay on as IWFM Chair .

IWFM chair Mark Whittaker, will serve for a third year after the board voted to allow more flexibility in the traditional two-year tenure for the position.

The change follows a review of the Institute’s governance structures as part of the recent Communities Review. Once the new rules were in place, the board approved a proposal to extend Mark’s tenure by 12 months.

Explaining the change, which applies to the chair and co-opted NEDs (non-executive directors), CEO Linda Hausmanis said: “In today’s rapidly changing times, it’s as important for organisations to ensure continuity, retain knowledge and expertise, and plan for the future, as it is to innovate and embrace change. I welcome the Board’s decision to build flexibility into our governance framework and I look forward to continuing to work closely with Mark.”

‘Five Cs’
Whittaker added: “Two years ago, it was genuinely humbling and an honour to be asked to become chair of IWFM, and I feel an equal measure of gratitude to have the trust and unequivocal support of the board in being asked to continue in the role for a further 12 months.

“When I took on the role, I explained my priorities were my ‘five Cs’: continuity, community, chartership, communication, and character. I soon added a further priority of championing and driving forwards our “Career of Choice” initiative, to try and build a diverse and talented workforce for the future. These remain my focus in supporting the Institute’s evolution, reinforcing its status as the trusted voice for our profession, and trying to make a positive difference for our members and the sector.’

IWFM is implementing a transformative, member-informed strategy for 2023 to 2025 which is focused on enhancing member value and supporting the profession in seizing a critical opportunity to realise its potential to drive strategic outcomes in organisations. The Institute is also celebrating its 30th anniversary with a range of member-exclusive activities which are aimed at providing practical support and outstanding value.

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