In 2016, following extensive consultation with members, a number of changes have been made to the RCOG’s Regulations to improve the openness and transparency of College governance. This page sets out the changes, and the background to this work.
Changes to College governance
All of the below changes have been incorporated into the College Regulations (PDF, 383 kb), which guide the governance, management and business arrangements of the College.
For the President who assumes office after 2016, and all elections thereafter, there will be an important change:
- All UK and Republic of Ireland Fellows and Members will be able to vote for the RCOG President; currently, this responsibility sits with voting members of Council only
All Fellows and Members had the opportunity to vote on the proposed changes to Presidential elections at a General Meeting of the College in February 2016, or by proxy in advance of the meeting.
The 2016 Presidential election took place under the current Regulations, reflecting members’ feedback during the consultation process on the changes to the Regulations. On 21 May 2016, Professor Lesley Regan was elected the next RCOG President and will take up office in September 2016 - read the College’s statement on Professor Regan’s election.
Eligibility to stand as a Vice President
Eligibility to stand as a Vice President has changed as follows:
- All Members and Fellows in active practice will be eligible to stand for a Vice President role; previously, only Fellows could do so
The 2016 Vice Presidential elections will take place under the new Regulations. Elections for the Vice President roles took place on 8 July - read the College's statement on the new team of Officers.
All Fellows and Members had the opportunity to vote on the proposed changes to eligibility to stand as a Vice President at a General Meeting of the College in February 2016, or by proxy in advance of the meeting.
Regional (UK and Republic of Ireland) representation on Council
The College has realigned the regions for Council representatives to Local Education and Training Boards (LETBs). This has led to the creation of three new positions on Council:
- Kent, Surrey and Sussex: Fellows’ representative
- Thames Valley and Wessex: Members’ representative
- Wales: Members’ representative
International representation on Council
Eligibility to stand as an International representative on Council has changed as follows:
- All Fellows in active practice in the UK and Republic of Ireland are now eligible to stand for election for one of the five International representative posts; previously, four of the posts were open only to Fellows in active practice in England, with one post open to Fellows in Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland
The election process for International representatives on Council has also changed:
- Only Fellows and Members in each of the five International constituencies will be able to vote for their representative; previously, International representatives were elected by Fellows and Members worldwide
Background to the changes
The above changes were made in response to the recommendations of a Representation Working Party, established to review the representation of RCOG members within governance and decision-making structures at the College. The video message below from David Richmond, RCOG President, provides more information about the changes to the Regulations.