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Council vacancies

New Council members have been elected to the College’s most senior professional body, responsible for furthering our mission and supporting members.

RCOG Council had the following vacancies:

  • 3 vacancies for regional Fellows’ representatives (FRCOG)
  • 1 vacancy for International representative (FRCOG)
  • 3 vacancies for regional Members’ representative (MRCOG)

This page provides information about the results, roles and the process.

Results

Fellows

Region

Fellow (FRCOG) elected

London South

Timothy Dudley Robinson

Northern/Yorkshire/Humber

Swati Jha

West Midlands

Thomas Justin Clark

International

Region

Fellow (FRCOG) elected

Europe

Stergios Doumouchtsis

Members

Region

Member (MRCOG) elected

East of England

Peter Alastair Harris

South West

Alison Joan Wiggans

London: North, Central, East, North West

No eligible nominations received

Eligibility

RCOG members standing for election to Council as a UK/ROI Fellows’ Regional Representative must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • To be a Fellow of the College, whose main or principal appointment is in the same constituency as the vacancy for which they are applying
  • To be in active practice, up to and including the date of installation of new Council representatives
  • To be up to date with their RCOG membership subscription
  • To be nominated in writing by three Fellows of the same constituency, all of whom must be up to date with their membership subscription

Please note that a person may only be nominated as a candidate for one Constituency in any one year.

RCOG members standing for election to Council as a UK/ROI Members’ Regional Representative must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • To be a Member of the College, whose main or principal appointment is in the same constituency as the vacancy for which they are applying
  • To be in active practice, up to and including the date of installation of new Council representatives
  • To be up to date with their RCOG membership subscription
  • To be nominated in writing by three Members of the same constituency, all of whom must be up to date with their membership subscription

Please note that a person may only be nominated as a candidate for one Constituency in any one year.

RCOG members standing for election to Council as an International Representative must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • To be a Fellow in active practice in the UK or Republic of Ireland up to and including the date of installation of new Council representatives
  • To be up to date with their RCOG membership subscription
  • To be nominated in writing by three Fellows or Members of the College, all of whom must be up to date with their membership subscription

Please note that a person may only be nominated as a candidate for one Constituency in any one year.

Role description

The role description includes information about the responsibilities, time commitment and eligibility of RCOG Council members.

Read more about the RCOG Council, including terms of reference and meeting dates. The RCOG Regulations guide the governance, management and business arrangements of the College.

All members of Council undertake to abide by the RCOG Code of Conduct.

Why stand for Council

Being a member of Council is a wonderful opportunity to get involved with a wide range of projects across the RCOG, and to ensure your colleagues’ voices are represented in the College’s decisions.

To help us make the best decisions that work for the benefit of our members and the quality of maternity and gynaecological care in the UK and around the world, we need a wide range of skills, experience and knowledge within our Council.

Working with Officers, Trustees and Council colleagues, and supported by our dedicated and expert staff, these roles will put you at the heart of the College offering you the opportunity to influence local, national and international policy.

Council is made up of 33 elected Fellow and Member representatives from all UK and ROI regional constituencies who each play a key role in the development and implementation of our policy and strategy, contribute to our work and represent the views of their constituents.

To be truly democratic we need to be representative of all the communities and constituencies we represent. We value diversity and recognise how important it is that our Council represents both the diverse specialty of our members and the populations they serve. As an inclusive organisation, our members’ participation is essential; it helps us to remain relevant to our membership and the women we serve.

Some Council members have shared about their experience of being on Council, which we hope will inspire you to put yourself forward:

Voting process

The ballots were circulated electronically by CES (Civica Election Services) according to the timeline below to:

  • All Fellows (FRCOG) in London South
  • All Fellows (FRCOG) in Northern/Yorkshire/Humber
  • All Fellows (FRCOG) in West Midlands
  • All Fellows and Members in Europe (excluding UK/Ireland)
  • All Members (MRCOG) in East of England
  • All Members (MRCOG) in South West

Only those ballot papers from Fellows and Members who are up to date or exempt from paying subscriptions were included in the election process.

The elections were held using the single transferable vote (STV) system.

The RCOG Chief Executive is the Returning Officer and has ultimate responsibility for the Council election process.

Timetable

12pm UK time on Monday 17 April 2023 Closing date for receipt of nominations
12PM UK time on Tuesday 2 May 2023 Closing date for receipt of nominations for positions being re-run
Monday 22 May 2023 Ballots circulated by CES
Thursday 22 June 2023 Closing date for receipt of ballots
Friday 30 June 2023 Results announced and new members take office
Thursday 7 September 2023 Induction for new Council members
Friday 15 September 2023 Attendance at first Council meeting

 

Contact us

If you have any questions about the process, please contact Natasha Sullivan:

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

The RCOG Regulations Section 1.1 state that “Active Practice” in respect of a Fellow or Member, she or he:

  1. has a valid licence to practise as a medical practitioner from the UK General Medical Council or the Medical Council of Ireland (or any statutory successor to such bodies); and
  2. is engaged as a medical practitioner in the UK or the Republic of Ireland in the practice of obstetrics and/or gynaecology for which a licence to practice is required in terms of (i) above; and
  3. is not in arrears with her or his subscription to the College

A person shall only be eligible to be a candidate for an Elected member if she or he is in Active Practice throughout the period from the date of her or his nomination to the date of taking office. 

Members:

RCOG Regulations state that any Member elected to Council shall serve a term of four years in office. After this, the Member is not eligible for re-election to Council unless they become a Fellow of the College, at which point they are eligible to be elected as a Fellow representative.

Fellows:

Fellows elected to Council serve a three-year term in office. After this term, they may stand for re-election as a Fellow for one further term of three years.

Officers:

Officers retiring from Council are eligible to stand for election as a Member or Fellow representative, but only after three years have elapsed from the end of their Officer term.

Please see RCOG regulations 8.1-8.2 and 10.23.