UK and Ireland Spill Association (UKEireSpill) is the national trade body for companies, organisations and individuals involved in spill and incident management.
It has over 100 member companies who are spill and incident responders, consultants, product manufacturers and client organisations including those that store and distribute oil and chemicals, insurers, brokers and loss adjusters working in the industry in the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland and internationally.
Of these members, 70 are actively involved in spill and incident response in the UK and Republic of Ireland and are accredited members who have been audited and demonstrated their competence to become accredited members of the International Spill Accreditation Scheme (ISAS). They are accredited in their area (s) of particular competence; Spill Responder, Inland surface water, Remediation of spills affecting groundwater, Remediation of spills impacting soils and property, Road tanker roll-over, Hazmat Spill Responder – Chemical Spill (Inland), Marine Spill Responder and Spill Consultancy.
ISAS Ltd is an independent company associated with UKEireSpill to deliver the accreditation and training of members.
UKEireSpill is recognised by the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland Governments, their trade, environmental and maritime agencies as the industry body for spill and incident response and is actively engaged in assisting the drafting of relevant legislation, contingency planning, provision of advice and developing best practice.
The Board is elected by the Members at the Annual General Meeting (AGM). Each Board Member is a volunteer and is unpaid, other than travel and subsistence expenses. Each member serves for a minimum period of two years, however, there may be an extension of one year if approved at the AGM to enable a piece of work to be concluded or to ensure a balance of knowledge is represented.
We aim to have a Board that represents membership across the sectors and nations that comprise the association. The aim is to have Board that has at least one marine responder, one inland responder, one manufacturer, one consultant, one UK and one Irish member.
The Chair will generally have been a Board member and his period of Board membership will be extended by one year to enable the Chair to hold that position for two years. A Vice-Chair may also be appointed and may succeed the current Chair. The Executive Director is a permanent member of the Board.
The Board frequently meets as required but at least quarterly. In addition, the Chair and Vice Chair meet with the Executive Director at least monthly and generally fortnightly. The Executive Director is the only Board Member who receives remuneration for his work. The rate of this is voted annually at the Annual Members Meeting and is within the affordability of the Association. Board members will sit on or may run Specialist Working Groups created by the Association to target activity in a particular area.
Board members will sit on or may run Specialist Working Groups created by the Association to target activity in a particular area. We have the following working groups which meet at least twice a year:
- Marine and Manufacturers Working Group
- PFAS Working Group
- Insurance Working Group
- Plastic Pollution Working Group
- Employment Opportunities Working Group
- Emerging and Future Risks Working Group