The Council of the Institute is the main decision-making body. It has a membership of fifteen, elected by members at each Annual Meeting. Council members serve for three years but are eligible for re-election each time. There are also non-elected Vice Presidents (former Chairs) and a number of elected Vice-Presidents who may attend Council. The Council meets twice yearly, in December and June.
The current members of the Council are:
Peter Spillett – President
Steve Axford – Vice President
David Bunt – Executive Director and Vice Chair
Ian Dolben – Director of Finance (Vice President)
Adrian Taylor – Director of External Affairs
Miran Aprahamian – Director of Policy
Ian Wellby – Director of Training
Lawrence Talks – FISH Editor
John Solbe – Vice President
Brian Stott – Vice President
Jim Gregory – Vice Chair
Paul Coulson – Director of Operations
Iain Turner – Development Officer
Branches can nominate a representative to attend Council meetings.