Board of Trustees
The British Geriatrics Society is governed by a Board of Trustees which is responsible for the long term direction of the BGS, ensuring that it is solvent, well-run and delivering its charitable mission. The Trustee Board is comprised of nine officers including the BGS President and President-Elect, national representatives for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, and representatives from the following standing committees and Councils: the Trainees Council, the Nurses and Allied Health Professionals Council, the Public Affairs Committee, the Research and Academic Development Committee, the Education and Training Committee, the Clinical Quality Committee and the Finance, Fund Raising and Corporate Affairs Committee. There are four Vice Presidents, namely the Vice President for Clinical Quality, the Vice President for Research and Academic Development, the Vice President of Education and Training, and the Vice President, Workforce. Other senior officers include the Honorary Secretary and his/her Deputy; the Treasurer and his/her Deputy; and a Meetings Secretary and his/her Deputy.
The BGS Honorary Secretary also sits on the Board, as do two lay trustees. The Chief Executive reports to the Board and attends all Board meetings.
The Vice Presidents are appointed. The senior officers are elected by the full membership and the national representatives on the Trustee Board are nominated by BGS councils for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. These councils oversee health policy in their respective countries and enable the BGS to coordinate its activities and to provide its members with appropriate support.
In the event of a vacancy in the office of President-Elect, Deputy Honorary Secretary and/or Deputy Honorary Treasurer, there is a constitutional procedure for filling the vacancy. This may be found here.