Each year, an email outlining the nomination process and posts open is sent to all eligible BCS members.

Following nominations, an email is sent to all members advising of the voting process.

Usually, all candidates will be informed of the result prior to the AGM and the full election results will be announced at the Annual General Meeting in June. Voting for these posts opened on 4 March 2021.

The BCS uses Civica Election Services (formerly ERS) system (adopted in 2017) to manage the electoral process. All eligible voters are sent an email from the email address onlinevoting@civica.com. This email provides the link and your own unique code with which to vote.

*Please note that canvassing by any candidate in an election is prohibited by the Society.

The intention of this approach is to allow each candidate to stand in a fair contest, on a level playing field, with equal resources and no untoward advantage. Any breach of this rule may result in suspension from the election process.

Three of these posts were uncontested and as a result, the posts are elected unopposed.

They are:

Vice President (Elect) Clinical Standards
Vice President (Elect) Training
Elected member of the Finance Committee

We are delighted to confirm the candidates for these positions as:

Neil Swanson – VP Elect – Clinical Standards
Mark Westwood – VP Elect – Training
Nikhil Patel – Finance Committee

The personal statements put forward with their respective nominations can be read below.

No Declarations of Interest were put forward.

Election Voting & Results

Congratulations to each elected candidate as they take up their position in their new role, and thank you to all candidates who stood for election this year (2021).

  • Vice President (Elect) Clinical Standards: Neil Swanson
  • Vice President (Elect) Training: Mark Westwood
  • Finance Committee: Nikhil Patel
  • Clinical Standards: Anna Reid
  • Education Committee: Shazia Hussain
  • G&P Committee: Robert Storey
  • Programme Committee: Paul Haydock
  • Council – non-surgical centre reps – 2 posts: Mohammad Albarjas and Tom Hyde

The BCS would like to extend our thanks to those whose elected term of office is due to end on the 10 June 2021 (following the AGM) for their significant contribution to the work of the BCS and its committees over the last 3 years.

About the process
The roles for which more than one candidate applied go to election ballot.
All members who qualify to vote in the BCS elections are notified by email from Civica, (formerly the Electoral Reform Services) with details of how to vote.
Once voting closes (at 12:00 hours midday on Wednesday 12 May 2021), results are communicated on the elections (this) page of the website
All appointments are then formally ratified at the BCS AGM (Thursday 10 June at 5pm. 2021).