Governance of The Nutrition Society

The Nutrition Society's governing body is the Board of Trustees, who are Directors of the company as well as charity Trustees. The Board of Trustees are responsible for all aspects of the Society's work, including setting the Society's policies and strategic direction.  The Trustees also ensure the Society's Articles of Association and Rules of the Society continue to meet Charity Commission standards (the UK government body that regulates charities).

Annual Charity Meeting (ACM), elections and voting

Elections for the Board of Trustees, 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 a period of two years. 

Honorary Officers


Elections 2024

The Nutrition Society elections take place for the Scottish Section from January to March each year; the Irish Section from April to June each year and for the main elections from May to July each year.  This year as the Congress is being held in Belfast and therefore there is no Irish Section Conference, the Irish and Main elections will run partly along the same time period.  In Scotland and Ireland the elections are to find the Secretary and Ordinary Members of the Committees, whilst in the main elections we seek to appoint members to both Trustee and Council Member vacancies.   

Scottish Section: 22 January - nominations open, Declaration of result 27 March 2024

Irish Section: 29 April - nominations open, Declaration of result 4 July 2024

Main Society election: 24 April - nominations open, Declaration of result 3 July 2024 (the longer period allows time for the Nominations Panel to sit and approve the candidates).  


For further information on the role available and the role descriptions for the main election please see HERE.