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Nominations being sought for Trustees to join the RSM Council

Nominations are now being sought for Elected Council Members (Trustees) to take up post for a period of up to three years from 1 October 2022.   The closing date for nominations is 12 noon on Monday 28 March 2022. If an election is necessary, electronic and postal ballots will be sent out in early May 2022.  The results of the election will be announced in July 2022.   

This is an exciting time to join the Council of the RSM as we seek to deliver our new strategy “Better Healthcare for Better Lives” focusing on the following four pillars:

Education: delivering multi-disciplinary, specialist and general education as well as professional development

Learning Resources: providing excellent medical resources

Networks: connecting those involved in and interested in healthcare

Innovation: leveraging expertise from across the RSM to help innovators.

We are keen to encourage candidates with experience that can help support and implement the new strategy.  In addition, Council members will also be required to sit on several Council Committees and we are particularly keen to encourage nominations from candidates who can bring expertise to the Business Development Committee, the Governance Committee, the Remuneration, People & Culture Committee and the Safety Committee. 

The role of Trustees 

Council is the governing body of the Society and Trustees are collectively responsible for the strategic direction, financial health, the probity of activities and for developing the aims, objectives and goals of the Society in accordance with our Royal Charter and legal and regulatory guidelines.  Council comprises a maximum of ten elected and three appointed Trustees.

Council meets a minimum of four times a year and in 2022/23 is currently scheduled to meet at 2pm on 22 November 2022, 21 February 2023, 23 May 2023 and 25 July 2023.  There may be other ad hoc meetings as required.  Council Committees meet two to four times a year with ad hoc meetings as required.  All meetings will be held at 1 Wimpole Street, London W1G 0AE, or remotely, if necessary.

Candidates should note that the role of Trustee requires an extensive time commitment, including attending meetings, reading papers and carrying out actions as required by Committees and Council.  Committee meetings are usually 2-3 hours long and Council is usually 3-4 hours per meeting.

Nomination process 

All nominees must be Fellows of the Society. Each nominee will require a proposer and two seconders who can be Fellows or Associate Members of the Society.  

All nominations must be submitted on the appropriate form, which is available from Joanna Rose, Charity Secretary.

In order to ensure that potential nominees are familiar with the duties and responsibilities of a Council member and fully understand the necessary work and time commitments involved, we are organising meetings for all potential nominees with Ms Michele Acton, our Chief Executive, and one of our current Trustees.  These meetings will take place ahead of the closing date for submitting application forms. Please contact Joanna Rose to organise a convenient time. 

Completed forms, which should not exceed three A4 pages, may be sent in electronic format and must contain all required signatures.  We recognise that it can sometimes be difficult to obtain signatures from colleagues, therefore we can accept e-signatures, or signatures on a separate completed form.

Please note that emails supporting colleagues are not acceptable and any applications without signatures will not be accepted.    

Completed application forms must be submitted to Joanna Rose by 12 noon on Monday 28 March 2022.  

Election process

If no more than the maximum number of nominations are received, those candidates will, subject to confirmation by Council, take up post as a Trustee from 1 October 2022.

If more than the maximum number of nominations are received then, subject to confirmation by Council, those candidates will be put forward for election. Should there be a significant number of candidates, Council reserves the right to put forward for election a shortlist of candidates that best meet the needs of the Society. 

If an election is necessary, electronic and postal ballots will be sent out in early May 2022.  Those members without an email address will be sent papers by post.

Nominees may also be invited to take part in an event to present their candidacy to the electorate, stating their reasons for standing and what they hope to achieve for the Society during their tenure as Trustee. 

The result of the election will be announced in July 2022.   

Follow this link to read more about becoming a Trustee

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