Membership of the Council: invitation to submit nominations
The Society’s Regulations, as approved by the Society’s Council on 1 July 2015 provide that the initial terms of office of the members of the Council should not exceed three years which term shall be renewable for one further term.
The terms of office of four of the twenty members of the Council will end at the close of the Annual General Meeting which will be held on 18 May 2016. These are:
- Professor Dianne Edwards
- Professor Nancy Edwards
- Sir Roger Jones
- Professor Robert Evans
Professor Nancy Edwards is the only one of the four members above who is eligible for re-election and she has already indicated her wish to stand for re-election.
Fellows are invited to nominate one or more persons, from amongst the Fellowship, for election to membership of the Council, to serve for a period of three Society Years, from the end of the Annual General Meeting on 18 May 2016 until the end of the Annual General Meeting in 2019.
Fellows who intend to submit nominations are asked to note the following information:
- Nominations must be submitted on the Nomination Form enclosed, which must be returned to me at the address shown on the form, to arrive by no later than Monday, 4 April 2016.
- Each nomination must have the support of at least three nominators.
- The nominated candidate must also submit a signed Summary Statement of Nominee Form, highlighting relevant skills and experience and confirming his/her willingness to stand for election. This form must also be returned to me by Monday, 4 April 2016 or the nomination will be declared invalid.
- Separate forms should be used for each nominee. If you wish to nominate more than one person and require more than one of each of the enclosed forms, you are welcome to make photocopies. Alternatively, additional forms can be downloaded here, or they can be requested from the office: (telephone: 029 2037 6976 / email)
- Following the receipt of nominations, provided sufficient nominations are received to require that an election be held, Ballot papers will be issued to Fellows during the week beginning 11 April 2016, for return by Monday, 2 May 2016. The results of the election will be announced during the Annual General Meeting on 18 May 2016.
- The Regulations provide that, in order to ensure a representative balance of expertise on the Council, no more than two-thirds of the members of Council shall ordinarily be from either one of the two broad subject categories of which the Society is comprised (on the one hand, Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine and Mathematics; and, on the other, the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences). One of the members of Council whose eligible for re-election falls into the latter category and of the other three vacancies, one is from the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and the other two from the Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine and Mathematics category – see the enclosed list of Council members. Therefore, no more than two of the four members who will be newly-elected or re-elected in 2016 may be from the Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine and Mathematics category.
- The Society is committed to the Equality Act of 2010 and also aims to achieve a balance of membership of the Council in terms of gender and geographical spread, as well as broad subject area and skills.
Should you wish to consult the Society’s Articles of Association and Regulations, these documents can be found in the Governance section of the website.
Fellows are advised that the Council ordinarily meets on five or six occasions each year.
The Society is a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity and, as such, the members of the Council are required to fulfil the roles, duties and responsibilities of both Company Directors and Charity Trustees.