Leading The Society’s Work – nominations for Committees

After four years’ exceptional service, the Chair of the Education & Outreach Committee, Dr Louise Robson, and Chair of the Policy Committee, Prof. Jeremy Ward, will both be completing their terms of office in July this year.  Consequently, the Nominations Committee is seeking the names of those who may have an interest in actively contributing to The Society’s work. 

Further information on each position is available below.

Nominations should be sent to the Chief Executive, Philip Wright and must be received by 5pm 29 February 2012 and should include:

  • Biography or short cv
  • Supporting statement for nomination (no more than 500 words)
  • Where possible supporting statements from two Society Members (if this is not possible the Nominations Committee will seek further views, if required)

Members may nominate other Members, who will subsequently be asked for their willingness, before consideration.

For confidential enquiries, please contact Philip Wright.

The Role of Committees in The Society

The Society’s Committees play a crucial role in directing activity and developing policy. Working closely with and reporting to the Council, through the Executive Committee, the Committees develop and lead strategy in their particular area of expertise. The Committee structure can be seen here, but the principal Committees reporting to the Executive Committee are: Education and Outreach Committee; Meetings Committee; Membership and Grants Committee; Policy Committee; and the Publications Committee. In addition there are two specific technical Committees on Finance and Nominations.

Further information on nomination process

In order to ensure transparency, widen opportunities to the membership and to assist in identifying the best possible candidates, the Executive Committee has agreed to seek nominations from amongst the membership for both Committees and Chair positions as they become vacant. The process, in line with the Articles of Association, consists of three steps:

  1. Request for nominations from the specific Committee, Council and the membership (via the website)
  2. Review by the Nominations Committee, short-listing candidates according to experience and background
  3. If required, voting by Council and/or approval of candidates

With respect to Committee Chairs, consideration will be given to eligibility as these are usually chaired by a Member of the Council, and the Committee Chairs, along with the President and Deputy President, constitute the Executive Committee. Non-membership of Council does not preclude standing for a  role as Chair as individuals can be co-opted, although this can only occur two years running. Should the individual not be elected to Council during this time, their term of office would cease.