Nominations sought for the BGS Deputy Honorary Secretary

The Deputy Honorary Secretary is a crucial role within the British Geriatrics Society and provides the unique opportunity to help steer the Society’s policy and influencing work. You’ll have an interest in shaping the policy agenda relating to healthcare for older people and a real interest in raising the profile of geriatric medicine, the Society and its key messages.

You will work closely with the Honorary Secretary, the Chief Executive and other BGS staff to set policy priorities for BGS and ensure that the society’s policy work reflects the priorities of the membership and works towards the strategic aims of BGS.


  • Be passionate about the aims of the BGS and committed to improving the healthcare of older people.
  • Be interested in influencing the external policy environment to ensure that the NHS provides the best possible care for older people.
  • Be a healthcare professional working with older people, preferably in acute care although all applications will be considered (NB: the current Deputy Honorary Secretary, who takes up the post of Honorary Secretary in November 2019, is a clinician working in primary care).


The new Deputy Honorary Secretary will take office at the AGM on 8 November 2019. S/he will serve until the Honorary Secretary demits (scheduled to be November 2021), on which date s/he will automatically take over as Honorary Secretary, and serve in that role for two years.


The Deputy will support the Honorary Secretary and take on a share of his responsibilities, to be mutually agreed. The duties of the Honorary Secretary are:

  • Act as one of the most senior officers of, and ambassadors for, the society
  • With the other senior officers, the Honorary Secretary will have a key role in strategic planning. Both the Honorary Secretary and Deputy Honorary Secretary can expect to be involved in key projects during their term of office
  • Serve as a member of the BGS Trustee Board and as a director of BGS (Trading) Ltd., our wholly owned trading arm
  • Commission articles and edit the BGS Newsletter (6 issues a year)
  • Commission BGS blogs and represent the Society on social media
  • Advise on and approve press releases, blogs and policy submissions to government etc.
  • Liaise with external organisations; NHS, Royal Colleges, other specialist medical societies, voluntary organisations and allied professional groups.


Both the Deputy and the Honorary Secretary attend 

  • the BGS Trustee Board (4 meetings a year).
  • the Policy and Communications Committee (4 meetings a year).

The time commitment for the Deputy Honorary Secretary will vary but should only very rarely exceed a few hours a month. Once the Deputy takes over as Honorary Secretary, the time commitment may grow substantially but should rarely exceed 3 - 4 days per month spread unevenly.

This is a voluntary, unpaid role, although travel costs and other expenses will be covered (in accordance with the BGS expenses policy).


Self-nominations, in the form of a letter and short career summary should be emailed to the address below by the deadline. The letter should give a brief indication of how the candidate would approach the requirements of the role. It should also confirm that s/he is aware that the Deputy will succeed to the post of Honorary Secretary automatically in due course, and has taken account of the time commitment of such a senior position in the society.     

The closing date for self-nominations is midnight on Friday 14 June 2019. Email to committees [at] bgs [dot] org [dot] uk  If more than one self-nomination an election by BGS members will be held.