Our structure

EEMUA has a modern governance structure. A board of directors was created in 2012 and articles of association updated in 2014, to reflect its strategic direction. The association today boasts some 50 members spanning many sectors and its technical activities have expanded to cover the full scope of industrial asset management. Below you will find links to lists of those serving on the EEMUA Council, the EEMUA Board as well as EEMUA executive staff. Hear a summary of EEMUA's structure in the video below. 

John Whitfield, Inspection and Integrity Manager, Essar Oil

EEMUA is a non-profit membership organisation that exists to help its members: the users of engineering equipment and materials. EEMUA aims to improve the safety, environmental and operating performance of its members’ industrial facilities and achieves this by facilitating non-competitive collaboration between its members, such as the sharing of engineering experience and expertise, and promoting the distinct interests of its members as the users of engineering products. In order to facilitate its activities, EEMUA operates within a clear and effective framework that allows its members to work together through the association to ensure that their shared objectives are achieved as fully as possible.

EEMUA is structured as a non-profit company limited by guarantee and registered in England. Overall governance and oversight of the entire organisation is carried out by its senior committee: the EEMUA Council, which operates according to EEMUA’s Articles of Association and recognised good practice in corporate governance. Any of EEMUA’s members may nominate a representative to serve on EEMUA’s governing council. The council representative from the member organisation will normally be a senior (engineering) manager or director with multi-functional and/or multi-discipline responsibilities within the organisation he or she represents. The council’s role is to:

  • Work with the EEMUA Board on the direction of EEMUA and its work programme.
  • Ensure the association’s Articles of Association are up-to-date.
  • Approve criteria for EEMUA membership and affiliation.
  • Receive the directors’ annual report and accounts.
  • Approve subscription levels.
  • Approve the appointment of the auditors.
  • Elect its chairman and any non-executive directors.
While the council sets overall direction and policy for the association, it also appoints members to the EEMUA Board, comprising both non-executive directors and EEMUA’s senior executives. Non-executive directors are usually drawn from the EEMUA Council and serve a four year term. There are between three and eight non-executive directors on the board, including the chairman, who is normally also the council chairman. All non-executive directors are registered at Companies House as directors of the company in law. The board has both governance and leadership roles. Its activities include:
  • Ensuring EEMUA complies with company law.
  • Ensuring the association’s finances are properly managed and on a sound footing.
  • Developing and promoting the vision, culture and strategy of the association.
  • Overseeing operations and supporting the chief executive and the EEMUA team.
  • Recommending subscription levels.
  • Contributing to the development of the work programme and steering its progress.
  • Approving membership applications.
The day to day work on EEMUA’s wide range of activities is driven by its in-house team, which reports to the chief executive. Experts from within its membership interact with members of these teams on a day to day basis through a clear structure of committees, forums and working groups, whose scope as sub-committees of the council is defined in EEMUA’s articles. These sub-committees report routinely through the EEMUA Board. All sub-committees that carry out technical work report to the Board via the EEMUA chief executive. Occasionally, sub-committees provide reports directly to the council and to the membership through special events, such as EEMUA’s Collaborate conference or its regional seminars.