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The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators' work is directed by its members through a formal global governance structure, headed by an elected Board of Trustees.

Governance and management structure

The Board of Trustees is responsible for setting the policy and strategy of the Institute.

The Board of Management is appointed by the Board of Trustees to assist it in the management of the Institute, and it is responsible for all strategic business decisions made on behalf of the Institute.

The Board of Trustees appoints a Director General, who reports to the Board of Management and is head of the Executive, the Institute's full-time support team, based in Bloomsbury Square, London, UK.

The Board of Trustees establishes, and the Board of Management maintains, four Committees and one Board as follows whose purpose is to further the achievement of the Object and charitable purposes of the Institute on a global basis.

These are:

The Professional Conduct Committee deals with supervision and disciplinary issues, by investigating any allegation of misconduct and taking appropriate action.

Non-executive office-holders include the Patron, President, Vice President, Deputy President and Honorary Treasurer.

The Directors are based in London and are responsible for the running of the Executive. 


Congress is the meeting of Branch Chairmen - or their designated representatives - and an elected Representative of those members without a Branch and is held every two years.

The Board of Management decides the venue of Congress, which normally rotates amongst the Institute's regions. 

The next Congress will be in November 2018.

Annual General Meetings

Our Annual General Meeting (AGM) is usually held in May/June, at the CIArb Headquarters, 12 Bloomsbury Square, London. All members are welcome to attend.

The Notice of the AGM is sent by email at least 21 days before the meeting. For a copy of the current year's Notice, please contact CIArb Governance.