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.

The new President-Elect will take office at the BGS Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 27 November 2020, the final day of the BGS Autumn meeting.
She or he will serve as President-Elect for two years ending at the AGM in 2022, 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
  • 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.
Time involved

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.
Other work

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.

Workload: President

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)
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 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
It is difficult to predict, and work pressure ebbs and flows, but over the course of a year the role takes an average of one day a week, including responding to correspondence, emails 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; have skills and experience as a good team leader, communicator, and forward planner; are well organised, and are able to delegate effectively.
Past 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).

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, XX, 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 2020-2022".
The statement of consent must be supported by statements of support from 5 other members of the BGS. These need to say: ‘I support XX’s nomination for the post of President-Elect of the BGS,” and should be accompanied by a recommendation of up to 250 words detailing why the candidate, in the view of the supporting member, would be an effective BGS President.
The self-nomination and 5 statements of support must be received by the Office and Business Manager, Mark Stewart, by email (M [dot] Stewart [at] bgs [dot] org [dot] uk) no later than 5pm on 15 June 2020. Late or incomplete nominations will not be accepted. Your self-nomination will be acknowledged within 3 working days. 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 June/July 2020.
All candidates will be encouraged to submit a statement supporting their nomination, not exceeding 400 words, together with a photograph, which will be published on the BGS website as part of the election process. We will write to you on 16 June to request this if an election is going to take place.