At the AGM on 2nd November, the IOR announced the results of its Trustee Elections. Four members stood for the two vacancies this year, and the members elected were Dermot Cotter FInstR and Julie Murray MInstR who now join the other seven members of the IOR Board of Trustees.

Chairing the AGM, IOR President Graeme Fox FInstR thanked all four candidates who stood for election to the Board of Trustees for their willingness to volunteer to serve on the Board. He confirmed that all who had stood would be encouraged to take part in IOR activities and committees. He also thanked Board Members whose term has now come to an end, John Skelton FInstR and Nick Rivers MInstR for their contribution and support. 

The AGM was also the opportunity to confirm the appointment of Lisa-Jayne Cook FInstR as IOR’s President-Elect. She will formally step into the role of President when Graeme Fox’s term concludes in November 2024. John Skelton FInstR was appointed as Treasurer taking over from Nick Rivers. 


About the new Trustees

Dermot Cotter FInstR

Already heavily involved in the IOR’s Papers and Publications Committee, Dermot chairs the monthly on line papers and discussions.  Dermot is also working as part of the TICR project that the IOR is a partner in, which is addressing the sector’s net zero challenges. Dermot was awarded the IOR Kenneth Lightfoot Medal for his paper last year.


Julie Murray MInstR

Julie is well known for her pivotal role in the IOR Scotland branch where she was the Vice Chair before becoming the Chair in 2018 for three years. Julie is actively involved in the branch and sits on the IOR Scotland Dinner Sub-Committee.


About the new IOR President-Elect

Lisa-Jayne Cook has been an IOR Trustee for three years and has been actively involved with ACRIB, INWIC (the International Women in Cooling Network), and is currently the IOR’s Women in RACHP Chair. A strong advocate for STEM she completed the STEMAZING training and promotes encouraging young people into RACHP Careers. Lisa-Jayne has been instrumental in enhancing the sector’s visibility, notably through her engagement work with young people in schools and diversity initiatives.


A complete list of current Trustees and information about the role and elections processes are available on the IOR website at