BTS Council vacancies

There are 6 places available on the Society’s Council. Council members will take up post at the AGM on 5 December 2018 and will serve for 3 years.

Applications must be received by noon on Friday 24 August 2018 and can be submitted here.  If an election is necessary, an online election will be held from Monday 3rd September 2018. All BTS members will be eligible to vote.

All applications for Council membership must be proposed and seconded by members of the Society and be WITH THE CONSENT OF THE NOMINEE who should indicate acceptance of the nomination.  Each nomination should be accompanied by a BRIEF (fewer than 6 lines) synopsis of the nominee’s career and stating why he or she should be elected, and what skills and experience they will bring to Council.  This information will apear on the on-line  ballot system, if a ballot is needed

BTS Council is a very important part of the Society’s governance framework, as its members are elected by the whole membership.  When developing BTS policy and reviewing the strategic direction of the Society, the Trustees (BTS Board) need to be sure that they are reflecting the views of the broader Society membership.  Trustees greatly appreciate the chance to consult with Council, which provides an essential and independent sounding board. 

Council meets twice a year, usually in March and October, immediately before the BTS Board, so that decisions are informed by this wider perspective. Recent  issues under consideration have been the Society's environment and lung health policy and training and workforce matters.

The Council also has several ex-officio members.  These are the Chairs of the BTS Nurse and Specialist Trainees Advisory Groups; the President of the British Paediatric Respiratory Society and the Chairs of the British Association for Lung Research and the British Lung Foundation and the European Respiratory Society National representative.

The constitution also sets aside one of the annual 6 vacancies for a member under the age of 35 – which is very much a phrase of its time (30 years ago) and was intended to ensure that a specialist trainee applies!  

Membership of BTS Committees and Groups reflects the diverse nature of the Society's membership much more than it did 6-7 years ago, and Trustees are keen to see this trend continue. 

Another benefit of Council membership is that elected members may choose to serve on any of the main Standing Committees.

All applications for Council membership must be proposed and seconded by members of the Society and be WITH THE CONSENT OF THE NOMINEE who should indicate acceptance of the nomination.  Each nomination should be accompanied by a BRIEF (fewer than 6 lines) synopsis of the nominee’s career and stating why he or she should be elected, and what skills and experience they will bring to Council.