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Self-nominations sought for the post of BGS President-Elect

The BGS now invites self-nomination from BGS members to take over from Professor Tahir Masud as President-Elect when he takes up the role of President in November 2018.

Role Description and Election Process

This is a crucial, honorary role at the highest level of the Society. The post holder serves for 2 years as President-Elect, followed immediately by 2 further years as President. The precise responsibilities will be agreed between the new President-Elect and the President, and what follows is an outline of the role. As well as the duties outlined below, the President-Elect will be shadowing the President in preparation for her or his own term as President.


The new President-Elect will take office at the BGS Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 16 November 2018, the final day of the BGS Autumn meeting.

She or he will serve as President-Elect for two years ending at the AGM in 2020, on which date s/he will succeed automatically to the post of President, and serve for two years in that role.


  • Member and Vice-Chair of the BGS Trustee Board
  • Ex-officio Member of a number of BGS’s standing committees
  • Attends and represents the Society at the BGS biannual conferences
  • Member of the Age and Ageing Executive Committee
  • Represents the Society at meetings of other professional organisations and government/NHS bodies, as necessary
  • Deputises for the President at Regional BGS meetings, as necessary
  • Attends and possibly chairs any special working parties that may be set up
  • Provides guidance to the BGS Chief Executive and other staff when the President is not available.


Overall time commitment roughly is ½ a day pw on average, but varies considerably from week to week.

  • Trustee Board: 4 meetings a year, each usually lasting about 4.5 hours
  • Age and Ageing Executive Committee: 4 conference calls lasting 1.5 hours each year
  • National Council meetings: TBD
  • RCP/BGS liaison meetings: 3 per annum of roughly 2 hours at RCP
  • Other meetings: Hard to predict the time commitment
  • For all of the above, as much time again for reading and preparation.


Dependent on matters arising. The President-Elect may, in agreement with the President, wish to use the two years leading up to her/his presidency to plan future projects.


The President-Elect should be aware of the subsequent workload associated with the position of President:

  • Raising the profile of the Society and enhancing its impact and influence; being the national figurehead of BGS
  • Working closely with, supporting, motivating and constructively challenging the Chief Executive, and leading on recruiting his/her successor
  • Representing the Society at meetings of other professional organisations and government/NHS bodies as necessary
  • Leading, chairing and developing the BGS Trustee Board, which meets 4 times a year
  • Chairing the BGS/RCP liaison meetings 3 times a year
  • Helping to formulate BGS policy on a wide range of issues
  • Making addresses to, and chairing sessions at BGS Meetings; chairing the BGS AGM and presiding at BGS Meeting Dinners and at other events
  • Providing urgent responses to national political issues related to health and the welfare of older people and acting as a spokesperson for the BGS in media interviews and articles.

The following may arise from time to time for both the President and President-Elect:

  • Giving lectures on geriatric medicine and the care of older people in response to invitations from other professional organisations and representing the Society at their meetings/receptions
  • Liaising with government departments, senior civil servants and Ministers on age care issues
  • Liaising with other geriatrics societies abroad
  • Liaising with the Royal Colleges in the UK
  • Liaising with other professional organisations such as the BMA
  • Liaising with voluntary sector organisations
  • Maintaining regular contact with Regional BGS groups where ever possible
  • Signing cards, certificates etc
  • Contributing to the BGS Newsletter.


Difficult to predict, and work pressure ebbs and flows, but over the course of a year an average one day a week, including responding to correspondence, e-mails etc., but with occasional visits all round the UK and the odd one abroad. It is necessary to be contactable by the Chief Executive and Communications Manager even during the holiday periods in case any urgent issues arise.

The post provides substantial scope to influence the development of the BGS, the specialty and the care of older people.

The post of President-Elect, and in due course the post of President, does require a heavy commitment to the Society and will involve late arrivals home, absences from home and a considerable burden on top of clinical commitments. Successful presidents have a vision of how the Society can achieve even more impact and influence in future; invest in building a mutually supportive relationship with their chief executive; be a good team leader and communicator; a strong forward planner; be well organised, and able to delegate effectively.


Self-nominations are invited for the post of President-Elect, to take office from 16 November 2018.

Self-nominations must reach BGS’s Office & Business Manager, Mark Stewart, no later than midnight on Friday 6 April 2018. The email address is

If anyone considering self-nominating would like to discuss the role with the existing President-Elect, Professor Tahir Masud, this can be arranged by emailing BGS’s Chief Executive, Colin Nee

Self-nominations procedure:

Prospective candidates (who must be full members of the Society) should self-nominate; there is no requirement to apply via your Region or Council. The only requirement is that a self-nomination must be supported, in writing, by at least five other BGS members who are eligible to vote at an AGM of the Society.

How to self-nominate:

The candidate must submit a statement of consent, in writing, to the effect that: "I, ……………… do hereby consent that my name be put forward for nomination to the post of President-Elect of the British Geriatrics Society for the period 2018-2020".

The statement of consent must be supported by statements of support from 5 other members of the BGS. These need say no more than ‘I support XX’s nomination for the post of President-Elect of the BGS’.

The self-nomination and 5 statements of support must be received by the Office & Business Manager, Mark Stewart, by email or at the registered office of the Society, no later than midnight on 6 April 2018. Late or incomplete nominations will not be accepted.

Self-nomination via email is preferred. The email address to use is

If you prefer to post, please send to BGS’s registered address and use a tracked postal service.

Mark Stewart will acknowledge promptly (within 3 working days) nominations received, so you should not assume that your nomination has reached the BGS unless you receive the acknowledgement.

If only one self-nomination which fulfils the rules is received by the closing date and time, that candidate will be deemed to have been elected unopposed.

Election ballot:

Should there be more than one nomination, a ballot of members will be held in May/June 2018.

All candidates will be encouraged to submit a statement supporting their nomination, not to exceed one A4 page in length, together with a photograph, which will appear with the ballot paper.

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