Constitution and Administration
Michael Brooke was the first chair, and he was succeeded by Peter Buckley. There was a small leadership team at the beginning which was formalised into an executive committee during Stephen Young’s term as chair when the revised constitution specified key management roles, scope and duties for an executive committee, including chair, treasurer, and secretary. When Ireland joined the Chapter under Jeremy Clegg’s term as chair some amendments were made to the constitution. These amendments related to conference funding; executive board members roles were expanded, formalised and modernised with the defining of roles such as communications officer, membership officer and doctoral convener. The addition of Ireland to the Chapter led to Irish representative on the Executive Committee. The first representative was Colm Kearney. In the early 2000s, interim strategy meetings were initiated in between conference periods to develop the work of the Chapter beyond the annual conference.
Further changes to the administration of the Chapter were implemented under Heinz Tüselmann’s term (2011 – 2017). The executive board was enriched by improvement of the gender balance on the executive board roles and co-opted members for diversity/equality, pedagogy and impact to reflect developments, trends and challenges in the modern IB context. To reflect the substantial presence of participants to the conference from Nordic countries two representatives from these countries were added to the executive board of the Chapter. Succession planning was developed for executive board to ensure the well-being of the chapter for future generations. Shadowing was introduced for core roles such as the doctoral convener (to ensure continuity. Observers from MENA and the Commonwealth Institute were included in the executive to help and facilitate Chapter development. The introduction of Academicians, past chairs and J. Dunning life-time achievement award holders, that the chair of the Chapter can consult for strategic directions and major initiatives. The Academicians are linked to the board via a co-opted member, currently Heinz Tüselmann .