Elections and Voting
Elections for the Board of Trustee, Advisory Council, and Section posts are held annually to fill vacancies caused by retirements. Nominations for vacancies on the Board of Trustees, Advisory Council, and Sections are sought from the membership via email after being advertised below. All current members of the Nutrition Society with three or more years of consecutive membership are eligible to nominate themselves or a fellow member to stand for election. The Board of Trustees and Advisory Council also nominate suitable candidates for election to Board of Trustee or Advisory Council vacancies. Where there is more than one nomination for a vacancy, then a ballot of the membership is held and the results are announced at the Annual Charity Meeting (ACM).
All members except Student members can vote for elected members to fill vacancies. Student members vote in a separate process for a Student Section Chair who sits on the Advisory Council and leads the Student Section for two years.
Further information regarding the election process can be viewed within the Articles of Association and the Rules of the Society.
The Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees is each responsible for a specific area of the Society’s work in addition to their overall duties. The majority have the support of a committee drawn from the Council, members of the Society with relevant interests, and in some cases, external specialists with appropriate skills for specific projects.
The Advisory Council
The Advisory Council comprises 20 elected members, including six members of the Council, the eleven-member Board of Trustees, the Secretaries of the Scottish Section and the Irish Section, and the Student Section Chair. The Advisory Council has the role of reflecting the interests of members of the Society; assisting the Board of Trustees in the formulation of policy and advising them on the direction of the business of the Society.
The Scottish, Irish and Student Sections have, within the overall constitution of the Society, their own rules and annually elect their own management committees. The secretaries of the sections are full members of the Advisory Council of the Society.