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AGM 2021

The meeting will be held on

Saturday 25 September 2021 @ 11.00 BST

The meeting will be held online for the purpose of voting and announcing of the results for the Appointment of new Elected Trustees and any resolutions bought to the AGM for Member approval.

All RPS members are invited and encouraged to engage with the process, whether as prospective Trustee candidates or ordinary Members keen to be involved with the governance and future of the RPS.

A message from the President

“Since 1853, the Royal Photographic Society has played a major and international role in the promotion of the art and science of photography.  Each year, our Annual General Meeting has been the opportunity for Members to receive the Annual Report and Accounts, appoint the Auditor, and conclude the election of new Trustees.  This year we are launching a new and far-reaching Strategic Plan that will re-imagine the shape and direction of the Society for many years to come.  I hope you will register to attend the AGM and contribute to a discussion on the progress of our plans for the direction of the Society." 

Simon Hill HonFRPS

President and Chair of the Trustees



Under the 2021 By Laws the Board of Trustees shall consist of:

7 Elected Members, including the President

5 Appointed Members, including the Hon Treasurer

Existing Trustees still in service at the time of the 2021 elections are:

President Simon Hill HonFRPS, Hon Treasurer John Miskelly FRPS and ordinary elected Trustee Janet Haines ARPS. The terms under which they were elected means they will all remain until the close of the AGM in 2023. All three have had 100% attendance at Board meetings (By Law 16.8a)

We are therefore seeking to appoint the following:

5 Ordinary Elected Trustees to serve for 3 years

4 Appointed Trustees to serve for 3 years


Trustee candidates

Any subscribing RPS Member may stand as a Trustee. They will be required to complete a nomination form and have the support of ten subscribing RPS Members (By Law 16.6).

Those standing as Trustee candidates will be asked to complete a skills audit and to work with the Nominations Committee (NomCom), which will ultimately recommend key individuals to the Board (By Law 16.4).  Candidates recommended by NomCom will have an indication of ‘recommended’ on the ballot papers.

Trustee candidates may also stand as independent nominations.  They will not go through the NomCom process other than to validate their current membership and their completed nomination form. It is a Member's individual choice whether they seek NomCom recommendation.

All Trustee candidates may provide a personal statement of up to 500 words, plus a photograph of themselves.  Their statement and photograph will appear on the ballot paper (By Law 16.8b). Those candidates choosing to go through the Nominations committee route will also be asked to do a skills analysis to help the team decide on whether you have the skills and experience they are specifically seeking.   

All Trustee candidates will be emailed a pack of information regarding the legal standing and obligations of a Charity Trustee, information relevant to becoming a RPS Trustee, the role description of a RPS Trustee, and other relevant documentation that may help them to understand the process and functions of the Board.


Timeline for Trustee Candidates

For more information about becoming a Trustee of the RPS Click Here

To discuss your application further, please email

An online information meeting for prospective candidates was held on 31 March 2021. During the meeting, presentations were made by President Simon Hill (slides here), CEO Evan Dawson (slides here) and Trustee Janet Haines (slides here). 



Nominations Open                                                         12 April 2021

Nominations Close                                                         16 May 2021

NomCom review applications                                           1 July 2021

Voting opens                                                                  12 July 2021

Voting closes                                                                  31 August 2021


You may find the following Election Process slide deck a useful reference:

Please bookmark this page to return to throughout the AGM process as it will be updated and provide more information as we progress.