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Vice Presidential election 2019

Nominations are now closed for Fellows and Members of the College to become a Vice President of the RCOG.

We have 14 candidates confirmed for the Vice Presidential election, which is currently underway. 

Alongside the President, the RCOG Council elects 5 Vice Presidents, who each serve for a maximum of 3 years. These roles cover: Clinical Quality, Education, Global Health, Strategic Development & Policy, and Membership.

Written statements, video statements and CVs from each candidate:


Key dates in Vice Presidential Election

Call for nominations for Vice President

Monday 24 June 2019

Closing date for receipt of nominations

5pm on Wednesday 7 August 2019

Record videos

Monday 12 August 2019
Potentially also Tuesday 13 August 2019, depending on number of applications

Candidates' names and supporting information goes live on the RCOG website

Friday 23 August 2019

Election takes place at Council Meeting

Friday 20 September 2019

Announcement of result

Saturday 21 September 2019

Vice Presidents' induction

Thursday 31 October & Friday 1 November 2019



A Fellow or Member is eligible to stand as Vice President of the College if they are:

  • In active practice in the UK or Republic of Ireland up to and including the date of installation of Vice presidents (Friday 13 December 2019) and,
  • Up to date with their membership fees and,
  • Nominated by 3 Fellows or Members



No candidate shall canvass for their election as Vice President of the College other than in a form approved by Council, as set out below.

Each candidate must provide:

  • A short CV (4 pages maximum)
  • A supporting statement (no more than 500 words) outlining their vision as a Vice President
  • A short video statement outlining their vision as a Vice President (see below for further information)

Candidate information, including videos, will be uploaded to the RCOG website.

No other canvassing e.g. social media campaigning, speaking at College events, etc, will be permitted.

If candidates are approached publicly via social media as part of the campaign, it is advised that they respond saying they will private message the person and take the conversation offline.


Election Process

The Electoral Reform Services (ERS) will be running the Vice President election process.

At the Council meeting on Friday 20 September 2019, all Fellows and Members on Council are eligible to vote using preferences up to the number of candidates standing.

ERS will run the election process and count the votes.

Council members unable to attend the College on Friday 20 September 2019 will be able to vote by proxy in advance.

The voting methodology used will be single transferable vote (STV).

The College has been using STV for the election of Officers since 2007 and for all Council elections since 2003.

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


Election Results

Once the results have been checked and verified by ERS the candidates will be informed of the result by the Returning Officer.

The results will then be verbally announced at the Council meeting on Saturday 21 September 2019.


Vice President Portfolios

To attract the broadest range of applicants, individuals apply for the generic role of Vice President.

The 5 successful candidates are then appointed to specific roles, following consultation with the President-Elect.

More details about the requirements and activities of the Vice Presidents can be found in the role description:

Find out more about the current team of Vice Presidents.


Membership Engagement

An email will be sent to the membership informing them of who the candidates are, directing them to their CVs, supporting statements and video statements on the RCOG website.

The election of Vice Presidents rests with voting members of Council.

Read more about the RCOG Council


Support from RCOG staff

RCOG staff will provide logistical support, such as managing the arrangements for recording videos alongside ERS, uploading material to the RCOG website and managing any direct communications from the College to the membership.

Candidates should not ask any College staff for advice or input into their CV, supporting statement or video statement.

If you have any queries about the Vice president election process, please email Kim Dawsonat in the Presidential Office


Standing for both a Council representative and Vice President role

Nominations are also open for vacancies on the RCOG Council.

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.