BCS Elections, 2022 Nominations

About the posts

The Society seeks nominations for 12 elected positions on the British Cardiovascular Society Executive, and Committees; 4 Executive posts and 8 committee posts.

Since 2021 there has been a significant revision of the organisational structure which represents a re-shaping of the professional (officer and committee) structures to allow more members to participate at all levels of the society and help drive the delivery of a relevant and effective organisation.

Key changes include two new Vice Presidential roles to accelerate the societies investment in communicating in the digital space and particularly a new role to drive forward the ethical dimensions of the society, with special reference to equality, diversity and inclusivity.

It is hoped that these changes will further support the reform of the society, in its centenary year, to be forward looking and effective in its mission to be the voice of cardiovascular medicine in the UK.

The requirements for the positions for 2022 are outlined in the role descriptions below:

Positions on BCS Committees are open to Joint Associate (BJCA) and Ordinary members of the Society as well as affiliated society members. For executive positions (officer posts) application is limited to Ordinary members who have served as a member of Council, a member of a committee of the Society, or as an Officer of one of the Affiliated Societies. Please note that in accordance with an amendment to the BCS rules in 2020, (Ref. 18.3.3) members are only permitted to apply for a single position within the Society. Nominations for multiple posts will not be accepted.

Key changes in 2022:

  • Revisions to the VP Education role – The VP will oversee strategic development and delivery of Education in all its forms, including the annual conference, in line with our vision and objectives.  Research will be removed from the role as this is largely covered by the BHF-Clinical Research Collaborative which the BCS hosts.  The VP will oversee, but not chair, the Programme and Education committees respectively.  Both the chairs of these committees will be appointed.  The VP will chair a new ‘Academy’ Committee which will oversee activities such as the BCE Emerging Leadership Programme; Mentorship Programme, and Fellowships.
  • Creation of a new VP Professional and Society Ethics – who will cover these critical and emerging work streams including Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, values, workplace culture and environment. Women in Cardiology Committee will report through this VP and other working groups and committees are expected to be required as work commences.
  • Creation of a new VP Digital, Communications and Marketing role - working with the appointed chair of Digital.
  • Plans to reshape the Digital, Communications and Marketing Committee (DCMC) in to two separate committees; one to oversee and steer digital and IT strategy and delivery which will be chaired by the current appointed chair. The other to oversee and steer communications and marketing strategy and delivery for the society which will be chaired by the VP Digital, Communications and Marketing.
  • We have two vacancies on the DCMC which will split in to these two separate committees; one with an interest in Communications and Marketing and one with an interest in Digital and IT so that these elected members will move to the new committees once set up. We are therefore asking nominees to express a specific interest in their application. The candidates successful for these posts will therefore be the candidate indicating a preference for Digital and IT with the most votes, and the candidate with the most votes expressing an interest for Communications and Marketing.
  • The Women in Cardiology Committee will be established as a formal committee of the society for which an elected member is sought.

The requirements for the positions are outlined in the linked role descriptions. Positions on BCS Committees are open to joint and ordinary members of the Society as well as affiliated group members . For executive positions (officer posts) application is limited to ordinary members who have served as a member of Council, a member of a committee of the Society, or as an Officer of one of the Affiliated Societies. Please note that in accordance with an amendment to the BCS rules in 2020, (Ref. 18.3.3) members are only permitted to apply for a single position within the Society. Nominations for multiple posts will not be accepted.

Regular attendance (>75%) at meetings is expected for all of these roles.

Details of the Society’s committee structures can be found here: BCS Committee Governance Framework.

Executive

Council

Committees

To apply

All nominees must complete and submit the following by

11.59pm BST on Wednesday 20 April 2022

1. An online nomination form with:
  • A supporting statement for your election profile which must be no more than 500 words (please submit this with word count included at the end of your statement). The statement should include brief career details and your aspirations for the Society in relation to the role you are applying for.
  • The names and email addresses of 2 ordinary members of the Society who propose and second the nominee.  Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure that your nominees are fully paid up ordinary members of the society.

Online nomination form

2. The following completed forms

Once complete, these should be submitted to the BCS elections mailbox (elections@bcs.com) as two/three attachments in one email which includes your name and the post applied for in the subject line of the email:

a. Declaration of Interest form

b. Equal Opportunities form

c. A completed CV - max 2 pages please (N.B. only applicable if applying for Vice President roles).

An online ballot will take place between Wednesday 4th May and midnight Wednesday 25th May 2022.  An email outlining the voting process will be sent to all members.  Outcomes of the elections will be communicated ahead of the AGM.  The results will be formally ratified at the Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 8th June 2022.