Council policy for the conduct of Council elections – December 2012
If you are a Fellow and interested in nominating for Council, please be aware of the following:
Each nominee must:
* Refer to the section below, in early August, to download the froms.
The Company Secretary confirms the nominations and opens the voting approximately one week following the close of nominations.
A period of six to eight weeks is provided for all Voting Members to vote in the election.
The Company Secretary will announce the successful candidates soon after the close of voting.
Council has a target number of 12 members and elections are held in accordance with the Constitution
as required. Only Voting Members (Fellows)
are eligible to be members of Council and to vote on the election of members of Council.
Generally, a Council member must retire from office at the conclusion of the fourth calendar year
after he or she was elected or deemed to have been elected as a member of Council.
Different arrangements may apply for Council members who have been appointed to fill a casual vacancy, depending upon how long they have served.
The President, Senior Vice President and Vice President make up the Presidential Committee.
Each position is held for one year on a three-year rotational basis.
At the last Council meeting each year, Council elects one of the Councillors as the new Vice President.
The new Vice President will hold the position of Vice President from 1 January in the following year,
the position of Senior Vice President the year after and then the position of President in the third year.
From time to time casual vacancies arise following the resignation of a Council member.
The appointee, elected by Council, completes the term of the casual vacancy only,
however they are eligible for re-election immediately following the end of their
casual term if they have served less than two years in that casual vacancy position.
Only Voting Members (Fellows) are eligible to vote on the election of members of Council.
The elections are conducted by secret ballot using proportional representation.
If the number of nominations for election as members of Council is:
Should a ballot be required following the close of nominations for Council,
the Company Secretary
will advise the membership of the expected number of Council positions to be filled and the details of the ballot.
Ballot papers are distributed to Voting Members via each member’s chosen format -
either by email for secure electronic voting or hard copy for postal voting.
Electronic voting has proven very popular with the membership and is highly encouraged.
To check or change your method of voting simply login to your membership profile.
Information regarding each candidate is provided with the ballot papers.
The nomination forms will be available to download in early August each year.
Each nominee must:
The Institute is very pleased to announce that Ms Estelle Pearson has been elected by Council as Vice President for 2013.
She will be President in 2015. Ms Pearson's election resulted in there being two vacancies on
Council to be filled from the recent election. The successful candidates (in alphabetical order) were:
The Institute extends its congratulations to both.
For Members’ information, there were 1,875 eligible voters in the 2012 Council election, of whom 47.79% (896) voted. Voting percentages in the previous 3 years were: 2011 (no election held); 2010 (42.46%); and 2009 (38.25%).
Previous President, David Goodsall, and Andrew Boal left Council at the end of 2012. The Institute thanks both David and Andrew for their significant contribution to the profession through Council.
For further detail please contact the Company Secretary and Returning Officer, Anne Peters.