Vacancies and Elections
Following our recent Governance Review our new governance framework will be implemented in July 2018.
We are now calling for nominations to fill the vacancies on our two new Boards, the Member Communities Board and the Professional Standards Board, our Inclusion and Diversity Committee and Divisions. All vacancies will be filled in accordance with the current By-laws and Electoral Regulations at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) in July 2018.
Our Trustees would like members serving on our governance bodies to represent the breadth and diversity of the chemical sciences, with reference to industrial and academic backgrounds, geographical spread, gender, ethnicity and age range.
Member Communities Board
The Member Communities Board is established by Council to ensure that we have a clear voice and associated strategies for our Divisions, interest groups, local sections and other member networks. It is consulted on and contributes to our strategy, strategic initiatives and relevant policy. It has oversight of the strategic development of Divisions, interest groups, local sections and other member networks, monitors activities and services and evaluates plans for improvement and change. It is also accountable, through powers delegated by Council, for the formal governance of member groups and networks as set out in the By-laws.
The Member Communities Board comprises one Trustee (as Chair), one representative from each of the Divisional Councils, two local section representatives (elected), two interest group representatives (elected), two early career representatives (elected) and three appointed members.
There are vacancies for six elected members of the Member Communities Board, two of whom must be active within the local section networks, two active within the interest groups and two within the Early Careers Network. Three to serve for a three-year term and three to serve a two-year term from the AGM in July 2018.
Professional Standards Board
The Professional Standards Board is established by Council to advance our strategy as a professional body and uphold the standards of qualification of those who practice chemistry as a profession. It advises Council on strategic developments in professional and employment practices. It is accountable, through regulations agreed by Council, for establishing, enforcing and monitoring standards for admission to categories of membership, the award of other qualifications/registrations, accreditation and professional conduct.
The Professional Standards Board comprises one Trustee (as Chair), three elected members and six appointed members.
There is a vacancy for an elected member of the Professional Standards Board to serve for a three-year term from the AGM in July 2018.
There are vacancies for two elected members of the Inclusion and Diversity Committee to serve for a three-year term from the AGM in July 2018.
There are vacancies for President-elect of the Dalton Division and of the Organic Division and two elected members of Analytical, Chemistry Biology Interface, Dalton, Education, Environment Sustainability & Energy, Faraday, Materials Chemistry, Organic Division Councils to serve a three-year term from the AGM in July 2018.
Note: There are no vacancies for the Industry and Technology Division Council.
President-elect of the Dalton Division and of the Organic Division will take office for one year from the AGM in July 2018, then becoming President for three-years until the AGM in July 2022, followed by a year as Immediate Past President until the AGM in July 2023. Elected members will serve a three-year term from the AGM in July 2018.
Any member of the Royal Society of Chemistry is invited to make nominations for Board and Committee vacancies and any member of their respective Division are invited to make nominations for their vacancies. Nominees will be asked to declare that they are willing to make the necessary commitments if elected. A nomination must also be supported by the number of members specified. Members can only support the nomination of one candidate for each vacant office.
The RSC has contracted with Mi-Voice, an independent electoral service provider. Mi-Voice, on behalf of the RSC, has set up a secured online nominations website at: https://www.mi-nomination.com/rsc
Please go to this link where further information is available on our vacancies and where members are able to submit their nomination for the vacancy they wish to stand for.
Please read these documents before submitting your nomination.
Electoral Regulations and Guidance for candidates (PDF)
General Principles (PDF)
Closing date for receipt of completed nominations is 17.00 on Tuesday 3 April 2018.
Mi-Voice will also manage the elections. Our 2018 elections will be conducted through electronic services and you will be contacted using your email address on the membership database. If you need to update your email address, please contact email@example.com before 16 March 2018.
Postal ballot request
For members who wish to continue casting their vote by post, Mi-Voice has set up a request telephone line +44 (0)2380 762877 and website link www.rscpostalballotrequest.org. Here you are able to request a postal ballot to be sent. Alternatively, you can use this same service to provide an email address solely for the 2018 elections, which will enable you to vote electronically. The Mi-Voice request service, is available until 20 April 2018.
Members to be eligible to vote in the elections are required to have paid their 2018 membership subscription by 1 April and be subscribed to any of the Divisions they wish to vote in.