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CIBSE Knowledge Management Committee

Reports to: CIBSE Board

Purpose of Committee and frequency of meetings:

The Knowledge Management Committee (KMC) is a Standing Committee of the Institution. It is responsible for overseeing the development, maintenance and resourcing of CIBSE guidance, the overall strategy for the scope of content of new material for the Knowledge Portal, its development and maintenance, and for the management and financial control of the delivery and peer review processes. There is also a clear desire to engage a broader cross section of CIBSE’s global membership in content development.

In addition KMC has responsibility for managing the CIBSE Research Fund and identifying any other relevant funding to support content development projects e.g. Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP), Innovate UK, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) or EU funds.

The Committee meets four times a year, usually in January, April, July and October.

The functions of the Knowledge Management Committee are supported by the Knowledge Programme Sub-Committee (KPSC).

Terms of Reference

  • To oversee the development, maintenance and resourcing of CIBSE guidance, to satisfy the Charter and Charitable objectives to promote the art and science of building services, and to make recommendations to the Board on matters within its remit.
  • To determine the strategy and priorities for the future development programme of content for the CIBSE Knowledge Portal including quality management and the peer review process.
  • To oversee content delivery for the Knowledge Portal and associated research activity.
  • To oversee the development and allocation of the necessary resources to support content delivery for the Knowledge Portal, including overall responsibility for the Richard Tully Fund and the CIBSE Research Fund.
  • To seek contributions to the work of the committee from all relevant sources within the Institution, in particular international and interdisciplinary sources.
  • To appoint representatives, where appropriate, to contribute to and/or report on technical policy, research activities and publication activities of other organisations.
  • To exercise financial control of knowledge management activities, having regard to the income and expenditure implications of their actions and subject to approved budget.
  • To approve new work proposals for technical publications (TP/1s) as recommended by the Knowledge Programme Sub-committee (KPSC).
  • To approve proposals for the support of research projects (RP/1s) as recommended by the Knowledge Programme Sub-committee (KPSC).
  • To manage the liaison between CIBSE and Universities active in research relevant to the Institution, and to seek opportunities and identify partners for collaboration between CIBSE and research active Universities.
  • To designate two members of KMC with appropriate expertise to provide an overview of knowledge production and delivery, including approving the schedule for individual projects, and managing paid and voluntary contributions. 


The Institution seeks participation from all CIBSE interest areas. Members of KMC should be drawn from a range of age, gender, background, experience and expertise, and should include participation from a range of sectors and interest groups in the UK and overseas e.g. Industry, Manufacturing, Project Management, Finance, Research, Academia.

The Knowledge Management Committee shall comprise at least 9 and no more than 15 members, including the Chair. KMC may co-opt no more than three additional members to assist in specific matters. Co-opted members shall serve for so long as the particular matter is on the agenda of the committee and they shall not have a vote. 

Members of KMC are initially appointed for a three year period. At the end of this period they can be re-appointed for a further three year term. It is desirable that new members be added regularly to the Committee to bring in new ideas and expertise, however, it is equally desirable to retain expertise. Therefore, the aim should be that at least two members retire from KMC at least every year.

Members attributes

To be considered for appointment to the Knowledge Management Committee applicants should normally be in CIBSE membership and must be able to commit their time to participate in meetings, either in person or remotely. Members will also be asked to read circulated papers to allow informed decision making and to comment on draft documents as and when required. 

Attributes of Members of the Knowledge Management Committee:

  • Awareness of the needs of the sector and interest in developing the Institution’s knowledge base;
  • Experience of using or contributing to CIBSE guidance;
  • Experience in strategy development, programme management and financial control;
  • Knowledge of current research activity.

For more information about KMC please refer to the CIBSE Knowledge Management Document.

Committee Membership

Chair: ​David Hughes

Other Members:

  • Adele White - University of Leeds
  • David Cooper - LECS UK
  • David Fisk - Imperial College London
  • George Adams - SPIE UK
  • Jackie Portman - SSH Kuwait
  • John Fitzpatrick
  • Mike Smith 
  • Richard Smith
  • Roger Hitchin
  • Simon Wyatt - Cundall
  • Ted Pilbeam - VolkerFitzpatrick
  • Tom Keane - PM Group

Director Responsible: Hywel Davies

Department: Technical

New Proposals for Knowledge

New work proposals should be made to CIBSE for consideration in the CIBSE Knowledge generation process, with decisions ultimately made by KMC. More information is available on the Knowledge Generation page