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Council vacancies

There will be 3 vacancies for Members' representatives on College Council from September 2018. 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, why and how to apply, and the process.


UK Regional elections

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

  • Jonathan Ash (North West)*
  • Stergios Doumouchtsis (London: South)
  • Vanessa Mackay (Scotland)

*Dr Ash has tendered his resignation from Council


Nominations are therefore requested for Members in the following regions:



North West


London: South






Eligibility for nomination to a regional post is as follows:

  • A Member with their main or principal appointment in the appropriate constituency and in active practice
  • Member of relevant Constituency and nominated in writing by at least three Members (MRCOG) of the same Constituency, all of whom must be up to date with their membership subscription


Role description

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

For more information about Council, including terms of reference and meeting dates, 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.

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


How to apply

Nominations for these Regional (UK) vacancies are now invited.

To request a nomination form, please email Kim Dawson at

Candidates for Regional (UK) 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 Thursday 19 April 2018. Late submissions will not be accepted.

Please note: No Member (MRCOG) may canvass for election to Council other than through the nomination form approved by Council.


Voting process

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

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.



All new Council members will take up post at the Council meeting on 21 September 2018. The timeline for nominations and voting is below:

UK Regional Members (MRCOG) representatives

Call for nominations 8 March 2018
Closing date for receipt of nominations: 19 April 2018
Ballot papers circulated to Members in applicable regions 26 April 2018
Closing date for receipt of ballot papers 25 May 2018
Votes counted 5 June 2018
Attendance at first Council meeting 21 September 2018


Contact us

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