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Officers' update, April 2016

Dr David Richmond, RCOG President, writes...

Nominations for a number of regional (UK and Republic of Ireland) representatives for College Council, who will take up post from September 2016, are now open. This is your opportunity to stand for election to the College’s most senior professional body, responsible for furthering our mission and supporting our members across the world.

2016 Council vacancies

UK and Republic of Ireland

Following the recommendations of the Representation Working Party, the College has realigned the regions for Council representatives to LETBs. This means there are three new positions on Council: a Fellows’ representative for Kent, Surrey and Sussex, and two Members’ representatives, one for Thames Valley and Wessex and one for Wales. In addition to these new positions, the normal rotation of Council members means there are a number of other vacancies.

Full details of the vacancies, eligibility criteria, role description, timeline and how to apply are available on our website.

International vacancies

In addition, there will be two vacancies for International representatives. Following my consultation with International Fellows and Members in late 2015 about the changes to Presidential and Vice Presidential elections, I am now proposing to reform International representation on Council.

Further details to follow in due course; however, I anticipate the call for International nominations will be made w/c 23 May, so please look out for future correspondence on this matter. This change would further boost the transparency and accountability of Council and the College following the changes to College Regulations made earlier this year.

Why stand?

Current members of Council have shared their experiences in the hope that this will inspire you to apply to sit on Council. I encourage you to read their accounts as they paint a good picture of the diversity of work carried out by Council, and the personal and professional benefits that being part of this work can bring you.

I urge you all to consider putting yourselves forward for these rewarding roles, to ensure your College continues to benefit from the skills, knowledge and experience of as broad a range of candidates as possible.

President and Vice President elections

I would also like to take this opportunity to remind you about the Presidential and Vice Presidential elections. Nominations for Vice President roles close on 7 June – information about the roles and how to apply is available on our website. The Presidential election will take place at the Council meeting on Saturday 21 May. To read candidates’ statements and find out how to share your views on the nominees with Council, please visit the Presidential election webpage.