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Council vacancies

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

RCOG Council has the following vacancies:

  • 2 vacancies for Members' representatives (MRCOG)
  • 9 vacancies for Fellows' representatives (FRCOG)
  • 4 vacancies for international Fellows' representatives (FRCOG) 

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

Closing date for nominations: 5pm on Friday 2 August 2019

 

Key dates in Council Elections

Closing date for receipt of nominations 5pm on Friday 2 August 2019
ERS to circulate ballot papers to Members in applicable regions / countries Tuesday 13 August 2019
Closing date for receipt of ballot papers Monday 9 September 2019
ERS count ballot Wednesday 18 September 2019
Results of election reported to Council & candidates advised of results Saturday 21 September 2019
Attendance at first Council meeting Friday 13 December 2019

 

Vacancies by region

Nominations are requested in the following regions:

UK, Republic of Ireland and International

Fellow vacancies

Member vacancies

East of England

1

1

South West

*1

-

North West

*1

-

Kent, Surrey, Sussex

*1

-

Thames Valley & Wessex

1

-

South West

-

1

Republic of Ireland

 1

-

Northern Ireland

*1

-

Scotland

 2 (1 + *1)

-

Middle East and North Africa (MENA)

*1

-

America / Australasia / Pacific Rim

*1

-

South Asia

*1

-

Sub-Saharan Africa

1

-

*Eligible for re-election

 

Eligibility for UK/ROI regional post

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

  • A Member or Fellow (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 (13 December 2019)
  • Up to date with their membership fees
  • Nominated by 3 Members or Fellows from the same constituency, all of whom must be up to date with their membership fees
  • 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 (13 December 2019)
  • Up to date with their membership fees
  • Nomination by 3 Members or Fellows of the College all of whom must be up to date with their membership fees
  • A person may only be nominated as a candidate for one representative role in any one year.

 

Role description

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

Read more about the RCOG Council, including terms of reference and meeting dates.

 

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.

Council members have shared their experiences, which we hope will inspire you to put yourself forward:

 

How to apply

Nominations for vacancies are now invited.

Candidates for these 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 Friday 2 August 2019. Late submissions will not be accepted.

To request a nomination form, please email Kim Dawson at kdawson@rcog.org.uk

Please note: No Member or Fellow may canvass for election to Council, other than through the nomination form approved by Council.

 

Voting process

The ballot paper will be circulated electronically to eligible Fellows and Members, according to the timeline as above.

Only those ballot papers from 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.

Find out more about the merits of STV and how it works.

 

Timetable

The successful nominee will take up post at the Council meeting on 13 December 2019.

 

Standing for both a Council representative and Vice President role

Nominations are also open for Vice Presidents of the RCOG.

Can an individual stand for election to a Council representative role and a Vice President role at the same time?

Yes, but you cannot take up both roles if successfully elected. This includes people re-standing (if eligible) for a Council representative role that they already hold. Vice Presidents are elected for one 3-year term and are unable to re-stand for a Vice President role.
 

What happens if an individual is successful in securing both a Council representative role and a Vice President role?

If a candidate is successful in both elections, but they are not already on Council, then they would be asked to accept one of the roles. This may then create a vacancy on Council which would then need to be advertised as set out in the Regulations.

If a candidate is successful in both elections and already on Council they would be asked to accept one of the roles. If they accept the Vice President role then they would continue in their Council representative role until they take up office as a Vice President at the 13 December 2019 Admission Ceremony.  This would then create a representative vacancy on Council, which would need to be advertised as set out in the Regulations.

Although the first Council meeting for all those newly elected will not be until 13 December 2019, the records will reflect that newly elected representatives officially took up their positions at the end of the Council meeting on 21 September (Regulation 10.17C). Newly elected Vice Presidents officially take up their roles at the Admissions Ceremony on 13 December 2019.

 

Contact us

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