The operation of the Institute is guided by Council through Standing Committees concerned with Education, Engineering, Medals and Awards, Meetings, Membership,  Publications, and Research Co-ordination.

There are also working groups set up, as required, to work on specific tasks. Current groups include Sustainability, Amplitude Modulation, CPD, Professional Standards and Women and Families.


Council is the governing body of the Institute and meets four times a year. Council comprises the members of Executive committee, three Vice Presidents (Groups Branches, International Affairs and Engineering Division) and nine elected ordinary members. In addition, there are two young members’ representatives who serve overlapping two year terms. The chairmen of the committees are also invited to attend Council meetings to provide reports of their areas of activity. The period of time that anyone can serve on Council is limited and elections take place at the Annual General Meeting. We seek to ensure that there is as wide as possible representation on Council, but if you feel that your area of acoustics does not have a voice, why not consider standing for election?

Council members (as of June 2019)

Member   Position (if applicable)
Prof Barry Gibbs FIOA   (President)
Mr Stephen Turner HonFIOA   (President Elect)
Ms Jo Webb FIOA   (Immediate Past President )
Mr Russell Richardson MIOA   (Hon Secretary)
Mr Daren Wallis MIOA    (Hon Treasurer)
Mr James Hill MIOA   (Vice President Eng)
Dr Paul Lepper MIOA   (Vice President International)
Mr Graham Parry FIOA   (Vice President Groups Branches)
Dr Keith Holland MIOA    
Dr Martin Lester HonFIOA    
Mr Peter Rogers FIOA    
Miss Emma Shanks MIOA    
Miss Vicky Stewart MIOA    
Dr Chris Barlow MIOA    
Mr Chris Hurst MIOA    
Dr Ben Fenech MIOA    
Ms Angela Lamacraft MIOA    
Prof Abigail Bristow FIOA (by invitation)    
Mr Jonty Stewart (by invitation)    
Mr Paul Shields FIOA (by invitation)    
Mr Daniel Goodhead MIOA (by invitation)    
Ms Hilary Notley MIOA (by invitation)    
Mr Mark Dowie MIOA (by invitation)    
Ms Ellen Harrison MIOA (by invitation)    

Chair: Jonty Stewart MIOA

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The Education Committee is responsible for determining and managing the Institute’s education policy and developing and promoting acoustics, and acoustics-related education and training for members and others.

Central to the Committee’s work are the Diploma in Acoustics and Noise Control and four Certificate of Competence courses (i.e. Environmental Noise Measurement; Management of Occupational Exposure to Hand Arm Vibration; Workplace Noise Risk Assessment and Building Acoustics Measurement). 

The Committee oversees the content, delivery and assessments of the above through the accreditation of centres delivering the courses; the appointment of examiners, the organisation of examinations; the preparation and moderation of all examination assessments; the moderation of the students’ assessed work; and the preparation and publication of examination results.

With the help of the Diploma Tutors and Examiners sub-committee, the Education Committee oversees the administration of the tutored distance-learning study version of the Diploma, including the preparation of the study notes and the accreditation of the centre delivering the practical work programme. The majority of distance-learning students are from the UK but an increasing number are from overseas.

The Committee also works to create and validate training programmes to meet specific needs. An example would be “The Certificate of Proficiency in Anti-Social Behaviour (Scotland) Act 2004 - Noise Measurements” which is currently providing training for Local Authorities in Scotland.

The membership of the Education Committee

The Chairman of Education Committee is appointed by Council. 

Ex-officio Committee members are: the Institute’s President; the President Elect; the Education Manager; and the Chief Executive may attend.

The chairs of the committees responsible for Certificates of Competence* are also ex-officio members.
* These appointments require ratification by Council.

The IOA's Education Committee may co-opt corporate members to achieve a representative balance between education, industry and consultancy and to fulfil ad hoc specific, fixed term tasks.

Engineering Division

Chair: Mr James Hill MIOA

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The Engineering Division Committee’s purpose is to promote professional engineering within the Institute of Acoustics and advise the Council on all engineering matters, to put forward members for registration in the Chartered Engineer and Incorporated Engineer sections of the Engineering Council Register, and to act as a forum for co-ordinating the activities of the Institute of particular interest to engineering.

With authority delegated by the Council of the Institute, it acts directly and independently on Engineering Council registration matters to ensure that the principles relating to registration in UK-SPEC are implemented and to establish and maintain criteria to be met by members of the Institute applying for registration as Chartered Engineer or Incorporated Engineer.

A generation ago, acoustics engineering specialists came from the ranks of the other professional engineering institutions - IEE, IMechE and ICE - or from a physics background. Over the past 20 years, more than one thousand acoustical engineering graduates have been educated at Southampton and Salford universities, many of whom are now employed in acoustical engineering throughout the world.

Professional engineering is important as a sector within IOA and acoustics engineers have an important role to play within the field of engineering, with its increasing interests in the environment, human-machine interaction and safety. The IOA believes that professional acoustics engineers are now recognised by industry and society in their own right as valued specialists and that it is in all parties' interests that they be recognised within the engineering profession by Engineering Council registration.

Although its small size limits the scale of contribution which IOA can make to the wide spectrum of professional activities associated with the Engineering Council, the Engineering and Technology Board and the other engineering institutions, the opportunity to be involved in such initiatives is highly valued and where specialist contributions are needed, the Institute will take a proactive role.


Chair: Prof Barry Gibbs FIOA

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The Executive Committee is set up to provide an effective liaison between the Council and the management services of the Institute. With the approval of the Council it will: 1. Formulate proposals for policy and action relating to the managerial and financial activities of the Institute for presentation to the Council. 2. Monitor the implementation of the policy decisions of the Council, review the management accounts to ensure that the operations remain on budget and ensure that corrective actions are taken so that operations remain within budget. 3. Take executive action on any matter considered too urgent to await consideration at the next regular or extraordinary Council meeting. Such action will be formally reported to Council at its subsequent meeting. 4. Appoint the Chief Executive / Secretary of the Institute and agree the remuneration and conditions of employment of the Secretariat. 5. Within the budget approved by Council and on recommendation from the appropriate subcommittees confirm the appointment of personnel to paid posts within the Institute; agree their remuneration and the granting of Honoraria for services provided. Members of the Executive: (As of September 2016) Ms J Webb FIOA (President) Prof B Gibbs FIOA (President Elect) Mr W Egan MIOA (Immediate Past-President) Mr R Richardson MIOA (Hon Secretary) Mr D Wallis MIOA (Hon Treasurer) Mr A Chesney, Chief Executive

Medals and Awards

Chair: Prof Barry Gibbs FIOA

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The Institute of Acoustics annually honours people whose contributions to acoustics or to the Institute have been particularly noteworthy. 

The medals and awards programme has evolved over the years and is wide ranging in its acknowledgment of academic achievement, practical engineering applications and innovations, student achievement and contributions to the Institute and to the world of science and technology. 

It is overseen on behalf of Council by the Medals and Awards Committee, which is chaired by the President. Nominations may be made at any time either on standard forms available through the Institute's office or by writing direct to the President.


Chair: Chris Turner

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The Meetings Committee meets four times a year. Its main purposes are to plan and preside over the framework of workshops, meetings and conferences that are organised by the Institute of Acoustics’ Secretariat and oversee the annual programme of these events. 

The Committee seeks to ensure that the range and subject matter of events is suitably balanced across all members’ areas of interest and that the quality of meetings and venues is high. Feedback from meeting questionnaires (filled in by attendees) is reviewed and acted upon. 

The Committee also considers strategic issues such as meeting fees, guidelines for meeting organisers, etc with a view to offering proposals for Council approval. 

The annual programme of meetings provides significant revenue for the Institute. The Committee monitors the financial performance of meetings and reviews progress against annual targets. 

A significant proportion of the impetus for meetings originates from enthusiastic members of the Groups and Branches. The Committee seeks to encourage and facilitate this process, alongside the great support provided to the meeting organisers by the Institute Secretariat.


Chair: Mr Paul Shields FIOA

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The main activity is looking at all applications for membership, making recommendations to Council for the election of corporate members (FIOA and MIOA) and approving the election of non-corporate members (AMIOA, TechIOA, Affiliates and Students) and Sponsor members.

Complaints under the Institute's Code of Conduct are investigated, and recommendations to Council are made if the complaint is upheld and penalties against the member concerned may be appropriate.

The Committee oversees matters concerning Continuing Professional Development both for individual members and in relation to any such scheme operated by employers. Liaison is maintained with the Engineering Division Committee in respect of granting Chartered and Incorporated Engineer status.



Chair: Mr Daniel Goodhand MIOA

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The Publications Committee has responsibility for all publications that are produced by the IOA, including:

- Acoustics Bulletin
- Proceedings
- IOA website
- Members Register
- Buyers' Guide
- E-newsletter

Research Co-ordination

Chair: Prof Abigail Bristow FIOA

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Mission and activities

The mission of the committee is to ‘improve the status and awareness of acoustics research in the UK and to improve communications between researchers’. The Committee meets twice a year to discuss various research matters. These matters include, but are not limited to, the following items: 

- monitoring and improving the national status of acoustics as an academic discipline and research area;

- investigating possibilities for a more coordinated approach by Institute members to Research Councils and other funding bodies both within and outside the UK; 

- encouraging the formation of research networks (e.g. EPSRC UK Acoustics Network) in acoustics both within and outside the UK;

- ensuring regular (at least annual) interaction between the Institute, Research Councils, Defra, PHE and Innovate UK including advice on the extent and location of UK acoustic research; 

- advising and reporting to Council on any matters relating to research activities in acoustics that impact on the Institute's activities. 

The Committee has a 2-tier membership structure. There is a core group (tier 1) of Committee members. The names of tier 1 members appear on the attendance list. These members attend regularly the committee meetings and contribute systematically to the operation of the RCC. Tier 2 members are those members of the Institute who play a role in this Committee and can be invited to attend some meetings of this Committee to assist with various matters which require additional acoustics and acoustics-related expertise. Tier 2 membership can be more appropriate for younger members, those members who are not based in the UK and other IOA members who cannot regularly attend the RCC meetings.


Tier 1 Committee Members

Chair - Professor Abigail Bristow FIOA  -

Dr Andrew Bullmore MIOA

Dr Alan Curtis MIOA

Professor Stephen Dance FIOA

Professor Kirill Horoshenkov FIOA 

Ms Lisa Lavia AMIOA

Dr Alan McAlpine MIOA

Mrs Hilary Notley MIOA 

Dr Georgia Rodgers MIOA

Mr Jon Richards FIOA

Dr Shahram Taherzadeh MIOA

Dr Duncan P Williams MIOA