A new process for election to Council and greater trainee involvement will improve the way the College represents its membership’s views
Last year saw the start of a thorough review of all aspects of governance in the College. One of our first actions has been to look closely at College Council to ensure that it continues to provide the best representation for our Fellowship and Membership.
Starting with the next round of College elections we plan several key changes. First, we shall move to the single transferable vote (STV) system for election of members to Council. This voting system will replace the existing ‘first past the post’ system and will mean that you will be able to ‘rank’ candidates according to preference – no longer a simple yes/no option.
There will be a new timeline for elections, streamlining the process and shortening the interval between election and taking up a seat on Council. In 2011, the posting of Council election papers will be around the first week of July. Further details will follow in due course.
We shall also provide more information about each candidate with the voting papers to take into account demographics, specialty representation, and more. These changes will mean that you can use your vote more effectively and will ensure that all members of Council are elected on a fair basis.
Full details of the STV system are available at www.electoral-reform.org.uk Trainee Member of Council Many of the College’s key activities revolve around training, education and assessment and the opinion of trainees affiliated to our College in relation to these issues is vital. Council, after wide consultation, has decided that the best way to facilitate such input is to have a Trainee member of Council.
The successful candidate will be elected to Council for two years by the membership of this College who are in training posts and will be responsible for ensuring that the views and interests of trainees are made known to Council and so help shape College policy. The trainee member will have full voting rights on Council and will share equal responsibility with ordinary Council members with the exception of Trusteeship.
Full details of the nomination and electoral process will be circulated shortly on the College website. Trainee Committee Council apart, trainees’ interests will continue to be represented by the College Trainee Committee (known formerly as the Trainees Advisory Board). Membership comprises the Trainee Representative from each of the Surgical Specialty Groups, along with the elected Trainee member of Council.
The Committee will be chaired by Mr Roger Currie, the newly-elected member of Council, who has been given special responsibility for trainee matters.
Mike Lavelle-Jones Honorary Secretary