"For me diversity and inclusion are not abstract concepts, nor have they ever been about wanting it to be easier for me. They have always been about everyone, no matter who they are or where they come from, having access to the same opportunities and experiences that I have been lucky enough to enjoy. I look forward to working with you all to make this happen.
"I would also like to thank David Rees for standing to be president in the first open election under the new electoral system. Under any other circumstances, I would happily have voted for him. I look forward to continuing to work with him over the next few years to develop the RSC."
Dr David Rees CChem FRSC wrote to his fellow Trustees this afternoon, having spoken with Tom Welton to congratulate him.
He told them: "I am confident that Tom will be an excellent president and I’m pleased to give him my full support. Thanks to everybody who participated in the election. I believe we all played a role in supporting the RSC in the post-governance review to increase transparency."
Elections for trustees, boards and committees
As well as electing a president, our members have been voting for candidates for positions on our governance boards and committees, including a number of posts on our governing Council – our board of trustees.
Our independent electoral services provider, Mi-Voice, will confirm the results of the Trustees election later this week and results for all remaining posts will be announced at our Annual General Meeting on 10 July 2019 and in member magazines in the following month.