Ibec's central and final decision-making authority is the national council. Its 70 members meet five times per year. Membership includes Ibec officers (director general, president and deputy president), Ibec trustees, elected members, chairpersons of business sector associations and Ibec policy committees, regional presidents and co-opted members.
Among other activities, the national council:
- is the final decision-making authority of Ibec
- signs-off Ibec policy positions on issues that are important to business
- provides a forum for the exchange of views between the constituent members and groupings of Ibec on relevant policy, sectoral and organisational issues.