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Governance

The Society is governed by its Council, democratically elected by its members under the Single Transferable Vote.

The Society is governed by a Governing Council made up of 15 people who are democratically elected by our members under the Single Transferable Vote.

On 14 July 2012, the Society voted to renew its constitution and to adopt a refreshed set of Articles of Association and Byelaws.

We received a record number of votes by proxy from our members in advance of the General Meeting held on 14 July. The meeting itself was well attended and provided an opportunity for members to debate the new provisions and to cast their vote in person.

The final result was a 78.7% majority in favour of adopting the new documents. Thank you to all members who took part!

The new documents were introduced with immediate effect and can be found below.


Members


The Society is a membership organisation driven by the commitment of thousands of members and supporters. Members help shape the organisation and determine its direction and future work, as well as taking an active role in the Society’s campaigning activities. Members are also responsible for electing the Society’s Council.


The Council


The Council is the governing body of the Society, with ultimate responsibility for its governance and strategic direction. The Council consists of 15 directors, elected every other year by the Single Transferable Vote. All ERS members (other than members who are also members of staff) are allowed to stand for election to Council.

Members of the Council elect five Officers (Chair, Vice Chair (Management), Treasurer, Deputy Chair (Group Relations) and Deputy Chair (Campaigns and Research), who have particular areas of strategic focus.

The Council meets six times a year, working with the Senior Management Team to make decisions on policy, strategy and governance issues.



The Senior Management Team

The Council delegates responsibility for the day-to-day management of the Society to the Chief Executive and Senior Management Team.

Continue here for more information about the Senior Management Team and other ERS staff…

 

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