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The RPS Annual General meeting took place at RPS House in Bristol on Saturday 28th September.
The meeting dealt with normal AGM business, a number of resolutions, and the announcement of the results of the 2019 Council elections.
The new Council
(Please note that Dr Barrett subsequently resigned as President and trustee on 5th November 2019 and Dr Hodgson became President.)
Dr Del Barrett ARPS took up the position of President.
The following Members were elected and took up their positions as Council Members and Trustees of the RPS at the end of the meeting:
Dr Alan Hodgson ASIS FRPS was elected as President Elect. He will serve in this role for two years and then become President in 2021 for two years.
John Miskelly was elected as Treasurer and will serve until 2023.
Janet Haines ARPS, Carol McNiven Young FRPS, Andy Golding ASICI FRPS, and Simon Hill FRPS were elected as Ordinary members of Council. Janet and Carol will serve until 2023 and Andy and Simon will serve until 2021. All may stand for election again.
The new Council bring a wealth of experience and they are excited to embark upon working together to guide the RPS forwards. They are also able to co-opt a further three members to their body and will give a lot of thought as to how they can broaden the diversity of Council to ensure a strong sense of both the inner workings of the RPS and the external environment within which the RPS operates, which is so important if the organisation is to realise its full potential.
Ten resolutions were passed at the AGM.
All the resolutions passed except Resolution 4a, the result of this means the maximum number of Honorary Fellowships that may be awarded in a year will be 11, and 12 in an election year.
It was announced at the AGM that in response to complaints and comments received during the elections, Council had decided to commission an immediate independent external review of the elections process. This has now taken place and the results are now available. These can be read as the full report from Queen Square Advisory and as a summary agreed amongst Council. The key points are as follows.
- The election result is valid. The currently elected Council therefore has a clear mandate to continue with its present composition. We will do this.
- There are recommendations around governance, candidate selection, behaviour and diversity, which Council fully acknowledge. Council will be considering these in detail and communicate the results to the membership in due course.
On behalf of all the current Trustees and staff I would like to thank Michael King for his endeavours on our behalf. I would also like to personally thank all those who played a part in this process for helping define a route forward. We look forward to working with you all for the good of The Society.
Dr Alan Hodgson ASIS FRPS
This year, for the first time, the process for the Council elections, and for appointing a proxy to vote on resolutions at the AGM was carried out online, enabling a quicker, cost-effective and more secure process.
Although paper-based voting was also offered, less than 30 of over 11,000 members requested paper-based voting. Over 800 people took part online and of these only 7 people raised support tickets.
We are very pleased with the way the online platform worked and would like to thank the team at Mi-Voice for their support.
If you have any questions or comments about the AGM and elections, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.