IChemE announces call for candidates to become next President

IChemE announces call for candidates to become next President

25th January 2019

The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) has announced that nominations are now open for two vacancies on its Board of Trustees. Nominations must be received by 15 February 2019.

A new Deputy President will be elected in May, following the decision taken by Dr Andrew Thompson to stand down from the role. They will serve a six-month term as Deputy President before becoming the President in November 2019.

This decision to allow a six-month term as Deputy President has been taken to permit time for the successful candidate to get up to speed before they take office. To that end, the Board of Trustees have also agreed that it is on the best interests of the charity to ask current President, Mr Ken Rivers, to extend his time in office by six months.

Therefore, Mr Rivers will be put forward for re-election as President and be elected as Past President at the AGM in May 2019; with the election not being effective until November 2019. Current Past President, Mr John McGagh, will also be put forward for re-election to extend tenure in his current role until November 2019.

The new Deputy President will be elected at the May AGM and then become President (delivering their Presidential Address) in November 2019. For continuity, the Board of Trustees have confirmed that they consider it necessary for the new President to also serve for eighteen months, so that they also serve a full three-year term as a Trustee. This means that they will hand over the chains of office in May 2021.

The Deputy President position will therefore not be filled for the six months from November 2019 to May 2020, when a new Deputy President will be elected. They will serve the full term of 12 months and become President in May 2021, returning the Presidential succession to its traditional timetable.

In addition, the position of Honorary Treasurer has been opened for nominations.  The current Honorary Treasurer, Mr Ian Martin, has confirmed that he is content to stand for re-election for a further year, but if any member with the relevant experience would like to be considered for the role, then they are welcome to submit their nomination. The current Deputy President, Dr Andrew Thompson, will retire as Deputy President at the AGM in May.

Suitably-qualified members can therefore nominate themselves for the following roles:

  • President for 2019/2020 (Deputy President from May 2019 to November 2019)
  • Honorary Treasurer

Those seeking election to the Board of Trustees are advised to read the relevant role profiles and the Trustee Code of Conduct to gain a clear picture of obligations and competencies. Each nomination should include a photograph, brief biographical details and a short election statement. It should also be supported by five Voting members and include the nominees. The nomination form can be downloaded on the IChemE website, and must be received by the Chief Executive on or before 15 February 2019.

The Nominations Committee, which will consist of three members nominated by the Board of Trustees, and three nominated by Congress, will review the nominations and confirm suitability in March. Candidates will be given a two-week period to campaign, before the electronic ballot opens to all Voting members.

IChemE Chief Executive, Jon Prichard, said:

“I’m looking forward to seeing the nominations that come forward for these two important roles on the Institution’s Board of Trustees. Active involvement in matters such as this further strengthen IChemE as an organisation led by members, supporting members and serving society.”

All Voting members (Chartered and Fellows) will be sent an email today with further details and nomination papers. This will be followed by a hard-copy nominations pack, to be received by post.


Trustee Code of Conduct

Role Specification - President

Role Specification - Honorary Treasurer

Nomination Forms


For more information please contact:

Tara Wilson, Head of Communications, IChemE
t: +44 (0) 1788 534454
e: twilson@icheme.org 

Rachael Fraser, PR and Communications Executive, IChemE
t: +44 (0) 1788 534435
e: rfraser@icheme.org

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