ICM is governed by an International Council, the decision-making body of the organisation, which develops ICM’s Triennial Strategy at each Triennial Council Meeting. The Council appoints Board members according to processes set out in the ICM Constitution (pending legal approval).The Confederation also works under a set of By-laws, last updated in June 2020. The elected President, Vice President and a Treasurer form the Executive Committee of the Board that works closely with the Chief Executive to achieve the ICM's Triennial Strategy.
There are 143 ICM Member Associations in 124 Countries representing over 1 million midwives.
Two Members from each Member Association and the Board.
The main role of the board is to oversee the role of the headoffice.
10 Board members from six regions: Africa - Anglophone and Francophone (2), Americas - North America and Caribbean and South America (2), Western-Pacific (1), Eastern Mediterranean Region (1), South East Asia (1), and Europe - Northern, Central and Southern (3).
The Board includes the Executive Committee: President, Vice-President, and Treasurer. The Chief Executive attends Board meetings in an ex-officio capacity with no voting rights. Board Members are appointed for a three-year term, which can be renewed only once.
The Governance Structure of ICM
The ICM Head Office is based The Hague, the Netherlands.
The Head Office team includes:
- Chief Executive, Dr Sally Pairman
- Lead Midwife Advisor, Ann Yates
- Midwife Advisor, Dr Florence West
- Midwife Advisor, Martha Bokosi (based in Malawi)
- Midwife Advisor, Patricia Titulaer van Ham
- Membership Manager, Charlotte Renard
- Communications and Advocacy Manager, Molly Karp
- Governance Officer and Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive, Sigrid Engström
- Head Office Manager, Morgane Schmidt
- Finance Manager, Hans van Dongen
- Project Manager (SMS Project), Shree Mandke (Consultant)
There are four committees that advice the board and a Scientific Professional Programme Committee that develops scientific programs for each Congress.
The ICM Education Standing Committee promotes the international standardisation of midwifery education to support the development and expansion of high quality and effective undergraduate and post graduate midwifery education programmes. It also oversees the production of the resources required to support these standards and their effective implementation internationally.
The ICM Regulation Standing Committee focuses on the development and support of regulatory systems that ensure midwifery practice is defined, regulation is in place, practice and education standards are met, midwives are registered/licensed, and midwifery practice is accountable to the public/society. Professional regulation can be defined as the acceptance of responsibility for maintaining standards and practicing within the limits of one’s competence.
The ICM Research Standing Committee and its Research Advisory Network (RAN) provide ICM’s member associations with up to date information on all aspects of midwifery practice, education and service. It plays a key role in the development of the ICM Triennial Congresses. Research is the foundation of midwifery’s Three Pillars and ongoing education and research are the lifeblood of any vibrant profession.
The Finance and Risk Committee advise the Board on the discharge of its fiduciary responsibilities in resource management and governance.
The Scientific Professional Programme Committee (SPPC) assesses and approves abstracts and completes the scientific programme for ICM Triennial Congresses.