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Council vacancies

There will be a number of vacancies on College Council from September 2017. 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.

UK regional vacancies

The following are due to retire as elected members of Council:


Constituency Name
East Midlands Nicholas Raine-Fenning
West Midlands Pallavi Latthe


Constituency Name
West Midlands Mark David Kilby
London: South Diana Hamilton-Fairley
London: North, Central, East and NW Patrick O’Brien*
Northern/Yorkshire/Humber Mylvaganam Kumar Kumarendran*
East Midlands Susan Ward*
Wales Christopher Roseblade**

*   Eligible for re-election
** Eligible for re-election but not standing

Nominations are therefore requested for:


Constituency Number of vacancies
East Midlands 1
West Midlands 1


Constituency Number of vacancies
West Midlands 1
London: South 1
London: North, Central, East and NW 1
Northern/Yorkshire/Humber 1
East Midlands 1
Wales 1


Eligibility for nomination to a regional post is as follows:

  • A Member/Fellow with their main or principal appointment in the appropriate constituency and in active practice
  • A Member or Fellow of the relevant constituency and nominated in writing by at least three Fellows (for a Fellow’s vacancy) or three Members (for a Member’s vacancy) of the same constituency, all of whom must be up to date with their membership subscription

International vacancy

The following is due to retire as an elected member of Council:

Constituency Name
Europe Fionnualla McAuliffe*

* Eligible for re-election

We are therefore looking for nominations for an International Representative (Europe) - 1 vacancy. See the list of countries this member represents.


Eligibility for nomination as International Fellows’ representative for Europe is as follows:

  • A Fellow in the UK or Republic of Ireland and in active practice
  • Nomination by three Members and/or Fellows of the College, all of whom must be up to date with their membership subscription

Role descriptions

The role descriptions include information about the responsibilities, time commitment and eligibility of RCOG Councillors.

For more information about Council, including terms of reference, meeting dates and so on, please visit the Council webpage.

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. Some current and past Council members have shared their experiences, which we hope will inspire you to put yourself forward: 

How to apply

Nominations for International and Regional (UK) vacancies are now invited.

Candidates for Regional (UK) and International vacancies must send their nomination form, their consent to stand and a signed declaration of good standing to the Chief Executive’s office by 5pm on 4 April 2017. Late submissions will not be accepted.

To request a nomination form, please email Kim Dawson ( Please request the correct version of the form (Regional UK or International - Europe).

Please note:

  • No Fellow or Member may canvass for election to Council other than through the nomination form approved by Council
  • Fellows and Members standing for election to Council may only be nominated for one constituency in any one year

Voting process

Ballot papers will be circulated electronically to Members/Fellows, as appropriate, in those constituencies where elections are being held. See the timeline below for more details.

Only those ballot papers from Members/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.


All new Council members will take up post at the Council meeting on 22 September 2017. The timeline for nominations and voting is below:

  • Call for nominations: 23 February 2017
  • Closing date for receipt of nominations: 4 April 2017
  • Ballot papers circulated to Fellows and Members in applicable regions: 7 April 2017
  • Closing date for receipt of ballot papers: 19 May 2017
  • Votes counted: 25 May 2017
  • Attendance at first Council meeting: 22 September 2017

Contact us

If you have any questions about the process, please contact Kim Dawson: