IPWSO is a truly international and parent-led organisation with Board members and volunteers from around the world. Find out more about how we are run and the people involved in our work.
Who makes decisions?
The General Assembly
The central decision-making body of IPWSO is the General Assembly which meets every three years during the international conference and may meet more often for extraordinary meetings. The General Assembly is constituted of the representatives of the IPWSO member associations and they vote on the membership of the Board of Trustees, any changes to the constitution and the location of the next international conference.
The Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees is made up of a maximum of ten elected members and two co-opted members. It holds monthly meetings which are also attended by the staff and chairs of the three expert Boards. The Trustees are responsible for the strategic direction of the organisation as well as its financial stability and adherence to the law.
Standing Committees and Project Committees
Reporting into the Board are various committees including the three expert Boards: the Clinical and Scientific Advisory Board, the Professional Providers and Caregivers Board and the Famcare Board, membership of these Boards can be viewed in the section on Our People. There are also a number of committees which report to the Board on particular projects and other aspects of the organisation’s work.
Honorary President and our Advisers
IPWSO also relies on the advice of its Honorary President, IPWSO Founder Jean Phillips-Martinsson and a further group of advisers who provide guidance based on their specialist knowledge.
Our Project Committees:
Fundraising and Finance Committee
Marcello Schutzer (Chair)
Public Policy and International Liaison Committee
Maria Libura (Chair)
Conferences and Workshops Committee
Lynn Garrick (Chair)
Website and Publications Committee
François Besnier (Chair)
Project ECHO® Committee
James O’Brien (Chair)
Conference 2022 (IPWSO team)
Nora McNairney (Chair)
Gary Brennan (link with PWSAI team)
Many people make up the work of IPWSO and the vast majority of our work is completed by volunteers.
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