IChemE calls for nominations for Trustee, Congress and Learned Society Committee vacancies

IChemE calls for nominations for Trustee, Congress and Learned Society Committee vacancies

1st February 2021

Members of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) are being invited to put themselves forward for available positions on three key bodies: Board of Trustees, Congress and the Learned Society Committee.

The Board of Trustees is the governing body of IChemE and therefore members appointed to the Board are responsible for setting the strategic direction of IChemE. Congress is the member advisory body to the Board of Trustees and consists of two electoral colleges; one that represents geographical member groups worldwide (Regional College) and one that reflects membership grades from student to Fellow (Functional College). The Learned Society Committee (LSC) sets the direction for IChemE’s technical priorities and steers the Institution’s activities as a learned society.

Board of Trustee roles open

  • President for 2022/2023 (Deputy President from June 2021)
  • Honorary Treasurer
  • Vice President (Learned Society)
  • Vice President (Qualifications)
  • Vice President (Member Engagement)
  • Ordinary member (3 seats)

Congress roles open

Regional College

  • Australia (2 seats)
  • Rest of the World
  • All Ireland
  • UK North East
  • UK North West & North Wales
  • UK South Scotland

Functional College

  • Chartered (2 seats)
  • Early Career (2 seats)
  • Student

Learned Society Committee roles open

  • Ordinary member (4 seats)

Nominations are to be submitted via a web-based platform hosted by election services provider Mi-Voice, details of which will be shared with all members who meet the eligibility criteria to nominate or stand for each role as per the official call for nominations.

Trustee nominations must be supported by five Voting Members, who may not nominate more than one candidate in any single Trustee election, and must include the consent of the person nominated that they are willing to serve if elected.

Congress nominations must be supported by two members. For seats in the Regional College, the two members must be Voting Members who can be based in any region. Those applying for seats in the Functional College require the support of two members in the same constituency, and in most cases, this needs to be two Voting Members. The exception is for an Early Career seat where support can be given by Associate Members, Affiliate Members and Technician Members. For the Student seat a nomination must be supported by two other student members.

Learned Society Committee nominations must be supported by two Voting Members.

Members should submit their nominations by 09:30 GMT on Monday 22 February 2021.

Stephen Richardson, IChemE President, said:

“Volunteers are right at the core of our Institution and are fundamental to our mission to be led by members, support members and serve society. By volunteering as a Trustee, you can play a vital role in setting the strategic direction of IChemE. We strongly encourage anyone with valuable experience and expertise to step forward and nominate themselves for the roles.”

Nigel Hirst, Chair of Congress, said:

“As Congress enters its third year, there is more and more opportunity to make the voice of the membership heard. Our members have the opportunity to help shape the future of IChemE and make a difference. Its strength lies in its diversity, so I would strongly recommend those members who are looking to volunteer, to consider standing for Congress and get involved.”

Jarka Glassey, Vice President Learned Society and Chair of the Learned Society Committee, said:

“The LSC showcases member leadership and oversight, and works with members to set the strategic priorities across the breadth of activities that IChemE undertakes in its role as a learned society. We welcome applications from enthusiastic members with a strong technical background and an understanding of the application of chemical engineering principles across a broad reach of chemical engineering research, technology development and practical implementation aligned with IChemE’s Strategy 2024.”

All applications will be reviewed against the criteria in the role profiles before being presented to the membership for election. Applications for the Board of Trustees will be reviewed by the IChemE Nominations Committee. Applications for the Learned Society Committee will be reviewed by current members of the Committee.

If multiple valid nominations are received for the vacant positions, then a ballot will commence at the end of April.

Before the vote opens, there will be a two-week period for candidates to campaign and engage with the membership via Interface - IChemE’s online member forum.

All documentation - including role profiles, the codes of conduct, and a comprehensive overview of the process for all three elections - is available at www.icheme.org/elections.


Trustee, Congress and Learned Society Committee elections


For more information please contact:

Lucy Cook, Communications Manager, IChemE
t: +44 (0) 1788 534454
e: lcook@icheme.org

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

Ketna Mistry, Communications Executive, IChemE
t: +44 (0) 1788 534484
e: kmistry@icheme.org

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