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Welcome by the Chair of the College of Fellows

I have been proud to be the Chair of the College of Fellows since March 2019 and welcome all Fellows to engage with me and College of Fellows Executive members – we are all volunteers passionate about making a difference. The College of Fellows is a distinguished group of senior thought leaders within the Institute comprising about 5% of the total membership. Our aim is to assist the Board in delivering on the AIHS Vision of ‘safe and healthy people in productive workplaces and communities’ and the Institute’s Mission ‘to shape and improve workplace health and safety now and in the generations to come’. We are particularly engaged in ‘thinking forward’ and ensuring professional capability and excellence and good evidence-based policy and regulation.

When I took on the role, I was interviewed in the OHS Professional about some of my thoughts which can be accessed here.

In addition to the normal workload of the subcommittees of the College, the change from the SIA to the AIHS has involved a lot of backroom governance work as well as liaison with key leaders and submissions to major inquiries. Our attention is now turning to the need to encourage outstanding WHS professionals to apply for fellowship if they are prepared to help us make a difference, and to better communicate with and harness the talents of existing fellows. I hope to meet and work with you soon on this important journey.

Kym Bills

Chair, College of Fellows


The College of Fellows (the College) is a network within the Institute created in 2002 and made up of those members who are Fellows and Honorary Fellows of the Institute.

Membership of the College recognises OHS/WHS professionals who are making a substantial ongoing contribution to, and have a record of achievement in, the field of OHS/WHS. Fellows are committed members of the Institute and leaders within the profession.

As a network of the Institute, the College is committed to supporting the Institute in its vision, mission, values and strategy.

The College is managed by a College of Fellows Chair and Executive committee who are volunteers selected from the broader College membership. The College Chair is an ex-officio member of the Board of the Institute, and Executive members each have a role to chair sub-committees across the following areas:

  • Ethics Committee
  • Policy Committee
  • Standards Committee
  • Mentoring Program Committee
  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Program Committee
  • Awards and College Membership Committee
  • Body of Knowledge coordination
  • International liaison

If you would like more information on the College or would like to get involved in the work of the College, email

College of Fellows Executive Members

CoF Terms of Reference

Fellow Entry Criteria and Application Process

Apply for Fellowship Online