RCVS Council election nominations 2020

If you are considering standing for election to RCVS Council in 2020, you will need to read the following information carefully (including the formal election notice), download the relevant documents, and then complete and sign the necessary forms before posting them back to us.

NB Please note the first section relating to governance changes in 2018.

Please read through the following sections 'What you need to know' and 'What you need to do' first. Each of the documents described below can be downloaded from the 'Related documents' box, at the bottom of this page.

 

What you need to know

Governance changes 

Following extensive debate, stakeholder engagement and a formal consultation with the professions, in March 2016 RCVS Council agreed to a package of reforms to College’s governance arrangements, including reducing the size of Council and bolstering the role of lay and veterinary nurse members.

These reforms passed through Parliament and received ministerial approval in May 2018. The reforms are designed to improve the efficiency and accountability of RCVS Council and its associated Committees.

This means that, whilst prior to 2018 there had been 6 elected places available on RCVS Council, this year there are 3 places available, in accordance with the new size and structure of RCVS Council.

 

Election notice

In accordance with the provisions of the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966, and the RCVS Council Election Scheme 1967 (as amended 2006), there will be an election for 3 members of RCVS Council to serve on RCVS Council for a period of 4 years from the Annual General Meeting in July 2020.

The current members of Council who will retire at the Annual General Meeting in 2020 and are eligible for re-election are:

Mr C T Barker BVSc CertVR MLitt MRCVS
Ashlea Veterinary Centre Ltd
Unit 2B
Port Road Business Park
Carlisle
CA2 7AF
Ms A Boag MA VetMB DipACVIM DipACVECC DipECVECC FHEA MRCVS
Penguin House
Castle Riggs
Dunfermline
KY11 8SG
Dr M A Donald BVMS MRCVS
Otters View
Purclewan Mill
Dalrymple
East Ayrshire
KA6 6AN
Miss L V Goodwin BVetMed DipACVIM MRCVS
BSAVA
Woodrow House
Telford Way, Waterwells Business Park
Quedgeley
Gloucestershire
GL2 2AB
Prof S A May MA VetMB PhD DEO DVR DipECVS FHEA FRCVS
Royal Veterinary College
Hawshead House
Hawkshead Lane
North Mymms
Hatfield
Hertfordshire
AL9 7TA
Dr C P Sturgess MA VetMB PhD CertVR DSAM CertVC FRCVS
39 New Forest Drive
Brockenhurst
Hampshire
SO42 7QT

 

Nominations must be submitted in writing on the prescribed form to the Registrar, duly completed on or before 5pm on 31 January 2020, along with an accompanying candidate biography (no longer than 200 words) and statement (no longer than 300 words) and photographs.

The nominations form and details about the form and content of statements from candidates are available to download below, or on request from the Registrar.

Each nomination form must bear the signatures and registered addresses of 2 proposers. No proposer may nominate more than one candidate or be a member of RCVS Council.

Voting papers will subsequently be distributed to all Members* of the College week commencing Monday, 16 March 2020.

*‘Members’ and ‘proposers’ must be members of the RCVS resident outside the Republic of Ireland (unless he/she has retained his/her right to vote in Council elections in accordance with the Veterinary Surgeons (Agreement with the Republic of Ireland) Order 1988).

 

What you need to do

Guidance notes

The guidance notes explain the Election Scheme, timetable for nominations and voting period, what documentation is required, guidance about your Candidate Statement and rules about canvassing.

 

Frequently asked questions

Download our frequently asked questions to find information about some of the main topics that candidates ask us about.

 

Roles of RCVS and RCVS Council members

Read more about the roles of the RCVS and of RCVS Council members, to help explain what would be expected of you if you are elected to Council.

 

Nomination form

The nomination form requires your name, Register address and signature, together with those of your 2 nominators, and the date.

 

Candidate information form

The candidate information form needs to contain all the information that we will publish about you for the electorate to read. This includes your full name and contact details, a short biography (no more than 200 words) and a candidate statement (no more than 300 words).