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Council vacancies

There will be 19 Fellows (FRCOG) and Members (MRCOG) representative vacancies on RCOG Council from June 2022.

This is your opportunity to stand for election to the College’s most senior professional body, responsible for furthering our mission and supporting members.

This page provides information about the roles, how and why to apply, and the process.

Nomination have now closed. Further dates are listed below.

Fellows

Constituency

Fellow

*standing for re-election

UK and Ireland Regional election

London: North, Central, East & NW

1

East of England

1*

South West 

1

North West 

1

Kent, Surrey and Sussex

1

Thames Valley and Wessex 

1

East Midlands 

1*

Scotland 

2*

Republic of Ireland 

1

Northern Ireland

1

 

 

International vacancies

Middle East and North Africa 

1

America/Australasia/Pacific Rim

1

Sub-Saharan Africa 

1*

South Asia

1*

Members

Constituency

Member

UK Regional election

 

London: South 

1

North West 

1

Kent, Surrey and Sussex  

1

Scotland

1

 

Eligibility

Eligibility for UK/ROI Fellow or Member regional post

Eligibility for nomination to a UK/ROI Fellow or Member regional post is as follows:

  • A Fellow or Member (dependent on vacancy) whose main or principal appointment is in the same constituency as the vacancy for which they are applying
  • In active practice up to and including the date of installation of new Council representatives
  • Up to date with their membership subscription.
  • Nominated in writing by three Fellows or Members (as per the post) of the same constituency, all of whom must be up to date with their membership subscription.
  • A person may only be nominated as a candidate for one Constituency in any one year. 

Eligibility for international post

Eligibility for nomination to an international post is as follows:

  • A Fellow in active practice in the UK or Republic of Ireland up to and including the date of installation of new Council representatives
  • Up to date with their membership subscription.
  • Nominated in writing by three Fellows or Members of the College, all of whom must be up to date with their membership subscription.
  • 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 Councillors.

The RCOG values the diversity of its members and recognises the importance of the RCOG Council representing both the diverse specialty and the diverse population our members serve. As an inclusive organisation, the willingness of our members to participate is essential for the RCOG’s work to remain relevant to our members and the women we serve, and to move forward our strategy and organisational goals.

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 are expected to sign a Confidentiality and Declaration of Interests and Good Standing form and behave in accordance with 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.

A past Council member has shared her experiences, which we hope will inspire you to put yourself forward:

How to apply

Nominations have now closed. The result of the elections will be announced in June.

Please note:

  • No Fellow (FRCOG) or Member (MRCOG) may canvass for election to Council other than through the nomination form approved by Council

Voting process

The Ballot papers will be circulated electronically by CES (Civica Election Services) according to the timeline above to:

  • All Fellows in London North, Central, East & NW
  • All Fellows in East of England
  • All Fellows in South West
  • All Fellows in North West
  • All Fellows in Kent, Surrey, Sussex
  • All Fellows in Thames Valley and Wessex
  • All Fellows in East Midlands
  • All Fellows in Scotland
  • All Fellows in Republic of Ireland
  • All Fellows in Northern Ireland
  • All Fellows and Members in Middle East and North Africa
  • All Fellows and Members in America/Australasia/Pacific Rim
  • All Fellows and Members in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • All Fellows and Members in South Asia
  • All Members MRCOG in London South
  • All Members MRCOG in North West
  • All Members MRCOG in Kent, Surrey, Sussex  
  • All Members MRCOG in Scotland

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

The elections are held using the single transferrable vote (STV) system.

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

Timetable

Wednesday 30 March 2022 Closing date for receipt of nominations
Friday 12 April 2022 Closing date for receipt of nominations for positions being re-run
Thursday 28 April 2022 Ballot papers circulated by CES
Wednesday 1 June 2022 Closing date for receipt of ballot papers
Thursday 9 June 2022 Votes counted by CES
Friday 10 June 2022 Results announced and new members take office
Thursday 1 September 2022 Induction for new Council members
Friday 16 September 2022 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.

Email is encouraged, however the form must be high quality and clear.

The RCOG Regulations state the following regarding terms of office:

8.1 Each elected member, who is a Member, shall hold office for a term of four years from the date she or he takes office, at the end of which she or he shall retire and shall only be eligible for re-election as an Elected member if she or he becomes a Fellow.

8.2 Each elected member, who is a Fellow, shall hold office for a term of three years, from the date she or he takes office, at the end of which she or he shall retire but shall be eligible for re-election as an elected member for one further term of three years.

10.23 Upon retirement an Officer shall not be eligible for…election as an elected member until three years have elapsed.

Council members are entitled to stand for re-election to Council and election as President in the same year, providing that a) they fulfil the Presidential nominee criteria detailed in the candidate pack, and b) they are within the scope of the following Regulations 8.1 and 8.2, at the time of nomination for Council:

8.1 Each elected member, who is a Member, shall hold office for a term of four years from the date she or he takes office, at the end of which she or he shall retire and shall only be eligible for re-election as an elected member if she or he becomes a Fellow.

8.2 Each elected member, who is a Fellow, shall hold office for a term of three years, from the date she or he takes office, at the end of which she or he shall retire but shall be eligible for re-election as an elected member for one further term of three years.

However, if an elected member of Council is elected to any Officer post, her or his place as an elected member of Council will be deemed to be vacant in line with College Regulations.