Nominations open: BGS President Elect
The BGS is accepting self-nominations for the next President-Elect, who will serve a two-year term in the post ahead of two further years serving as President of the BGS.
BGS President-Elect: Role Specification
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.
- Member and Vice-Chair of the BGS Trustee Board
- 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
- Represents the BGS on the RCP Medical Specialties Board
- Provides guidance to the BGS Chief Executive and other staff when the President is not available.
Overall time commitment roughly ½ a day per week 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.
The President-Elect may, in agreement with the President, use some time in 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
- Charing the BGS/RCP liaison meetings 3 times a year
- Actively promoting the Society and the benefits of membership
- Helping to formulate BGS policy on a wide range of issues, in line with the Strategic Plan agreed by the Trustee Board and the membership
- 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
- Acting as a spokesperson for the BGS in media and press interviews and articles
- Signing off reports, position statements and press releases (in conjunction with the Hon Secretary)
- 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 issues related to healthcare of older people
- 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, nations and Special Interest Groups
- Signing cards, certificates etc
- Contributing to the BGS Newsletter.
Time commitment: President
As agreed by the Trustee Board in April 2020, the President on completing two years in office may, in agreement with the incoming President and CEO, undertake specific representation or project tasks, and use the title ‘Past President BGS’ for a further period of two years. However there is no obligation to do this if the retiring President does not wish to do so.
Election Process 2020
Self-nominations are invited for the post of President-Elect, to take office from 27 November 2020.
|Self-nominations must reach the BGS Office & Business Manager, M [dot] Stewart [at] bgs [dot] org [dot] uk (subject: Self-nomination%3A%20BGS%20President%20Elect) (Mark Stewart), no later than 5pm on Monday 15 June 2020.|
Anyone considering self-nominating should discuss the role with the current President, Professor Tash Masud, or the President-Elect, Dr Jennifer Burns. This can be arranged by emailing the BGS Chief Executive, S [dot] Mistry [at] bgs [dot] org [dot] uk (Sarah Mistry).
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.