Election to Council - general information

Council members are elected from the fellows and members of the College. Those who wish to be nominated to stand for election are invited to apply by mid-September each year, following the announcement on the website of the number of vacancies. Following an election, successful applicants take up their place on Council in the following March.

The timetable for the current election, for new Council members due to take up their posts in March 2020, is available here.

There are three categories of vacancy:

1 Consultant member

There are 20 Consultant members of Council who are elected by Fellows, Associate Fellows, Members, Associate Members and Trainees. These positions are renewable. The first term of service is six years, and the second term is four years. Vacancies can arise either from resignations or after completion of a term of service. Those eligible to stand are: Fellows by examination and Fellows Ad Eundem on the specialist register and complying with the conditions of the Ordinances and Regulations.

2 Staff and Associate Specialist member (SAS)

There are two SAS members of Council elected by Members and Associate Members. These positions are renewable. The first term of service is six years and the second term is four years. Vacancies arise either from resignations or after completion of a term of service. Those eligible to stand are Fellows and Members of the College complying with the conditions of the Ordinances and Regulations, who, on election, are not a consultant nor a trainee.

3 Trainee member

There are two trainee members of Council elected by those registered as trainees with the College. These positions are not renewable. The term of service for the candidate elected to this vacancy is four years. Vacancies arise either from resignations or after completion of a term of service. Those eligible to stand are fellows registered as trainees with the College at the time of taking up their Council seat and complying with the conditions of the Ordinances and Regulations (see documents below).

Election of President and Vice-Presidents

The President and Vice-Presidents of the Royal College of Anaesthetists are elected in a ballot by the elected Council members. The President is elected with a maximum term of office of three years with re-election on an annual basis. There are two Vice-Presidents, who are elected on an annual basis for a maximum period of two years. The Presidents and Vice-Presidents take office in September of each year following elections in late May.

Council Meetings

Meetings of Council take place six times a year, normally on the third Wednesday of each month and are held in the Council Chamber at Churchill House. Boards and Committees meet at various times throughout the year and report back to the full Council or Board of Trustee meeting. Details of the Boards and Committees and their membership can be found on the Committee pages.

Register of Interests

You can view the Register of Interests for each individual Council member on the College Council page.