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Council elections 2020

There will be five Fellows’ (FRCOG) and four Members’ (MRCOG) representative vacancies on RCOG Council from October 2020.

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.

Nominations are invited for the following:

 

Fellows

Constituency

Fellow
(
*standing for re-election)

   

UK Regional election

 

London South

1*

Northern/Yorkshire/Humber

1*

West Midlands

1

Wales

1*
   

International vacancies

 

Europe

1

 

Members

Constituency Member
   
UK and Republic of Ireland Regional election  

Northern/Yorkshire/Humber

1

Thames Valley and Wessex

1

Ireland - Republic of Ireland

1
Wales 1

 

As in accordance with the RCOG Regulations, the Member to represent Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland shall be elected on rotation by Members in Ireland (NI and RoI).

 

Eligibility for UK/ROI regional post

Eligibility for nomination to a UK/ROI 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 a diverse 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 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

Candidates for these vacancies must send their nomination form, photograph, consent to stand and signed declaration of good standing to the Chief Executive’s office by 4pm on 1 September 2020. Please note that late and/or incomplete submissions will not be accepted.

To request a nomination form, please email Natasha Sullivan (nsullivan@rcog.org.uk).

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:

  • Fellows in the London South, Northern/Yorkshire/Humber, West Midlands and Wales constituencies
  • Members in the Northern/Yorkshire/Humber, Thames Valley and Wessex, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland, and Wales constituencies
  • Fellows and Members in Europe

Only those ballot papers from Fellows and Members 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

  • Closing date for receipt of nominations: 1 September
  • Ballot papers circulated by CES: 17 September
  • Closing date for receipt of ballot papers: 15 October
  • Votes counted by CES: 22 October
  • Results announced: 23 October
  • Induction for new Council members: 26 November
  • Attendance at first Council meeting: 27 & 28 November

 

Contact us

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

 

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Q: What is meant by active practice?
A: 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.

 

Q: Can Fellows ad eundum be nominators?
A: Yes.

 

Q: Can I email you my completed nomination form?
A: Email is encouraged, however the form must be high quality and clear.

 

Q: Are electronic signatures acceptable?
A: Yes.

 

Q: I am subject to an open investigation. Can I stand?
A: Yes, as long as your name has not been removed from the Medical Register in any country.

 

Q: How does Single Transferable Voting (STV) work?
A: Please see an explanation of Single Transferable Voting.