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Council vacancies

Following the election of Vice Presidents, there are now 4 Fellows' (FRCOG) representative vacancies on RCOG Council.

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:


Fellow vacancies

UK Regional election

London: North, Central, East and North West


East Midlands


International vacancies

America, Australasia, Pacific Rim


South Asia





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

  • A Fellow with their main or principal appointment in the appropriate constituency and in active practice
  • Fellow of relevant Constituency and nominated in writing by at least 3 Fellows (FRCOG) of the same Constituency, all of whom must be up to date with their membership subscription.

Eligibility for nomination to an international post is as follows:

  • Every candidate for election to represent the International Constituencies must be a Fellow of the UK and Republic of Ireland and shall be nominated in writing by at least 3 Fellows or Members of the College, all of whom must be up to date with their membership subscription.

Please note:

  • A person may only be nominated as a candidate for 1 Constituency in any one year. 


Role description

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

Read the RCOG Regulations (PDF 497kb) and see details on the RCOG's Governance.

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

Candidates for these vacancies must send their nomination form, consent to stand and a signed declaration of good standing to the Chief Executive’s office by 5.00pm UK time on Monday 25 November 2019. Late and/or incomplete submissions will not be accepted.

To request a nomination form, please email Natasha Sullivan at

Please note: No Fellow (FRCOG) 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) to:

  • Fellows in the London: North, Central, East and North West and East Midlands constituencies
  • Fellows and Members in:  America, Australasia and Pacific Rim; South Asia

See the timeline below for more details.

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.



Closing date for receipt of nominations

Monday 25 November 2019

CES to circulate ballot papers

Tuesday 10 December 2019

Closing date for receipt of ballot papers

Wednesday 8 January 2020

Votes counted by ERS

Wednesday 15 January 2020

Results announced

Friday 17 January 2020

Induction for new Council members

Thursday 13 February 2020

Attendance at first Council meeting

Friday 14 February 2020


Contact us

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