This page contains everything you need to know about elections for the College’s President and how you can get involved by voting.
There are three candidates competing to become the next President – read more about their vision for the College or see their speeches from the first ever College hustings event.
|1 June 2019||Nominations open|
|9 August||Closing date for submission of nomination documents|
|15 August||Candidates filmed for website at Prescot Street|
|19 September||Announcement of candidates standing for election|
|23 September||Article in RCPsych Insight profiling candidates|
|3 October||Hustings event at Prescot Street (evening event)|
|11 December||Voting opens|
|8 January 2020||Voting closes|
|9 January||Results declared|
Under the new canvassing code for the Presidential election, Council agreed that candidates will be able to communicate with members about their candidacy through:
- A hustings event at Prescot Street
- A short video on the College site
- A feature in RCPsych Insight
- Their social media accounts
- An online Q&A
- Their personal websites
- A short statement published on the website, and
- Emails and phone calls to members.
All Members, Fellows and Specialist Associates are able to vote in Presidential elections.
If you are eligible to vote (please check eligibility section above), you will automatically be included in the electorate. The email address that you have registered with us as your default will be given to the Electoral Reform Services who will send you an email with a link to the voting site. Each link is unique so can’t be shared with others and the voting site can’t be found through a search engine. If you are having issues with your ballot email or you are eligible but have not received the email, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Professor Wendy Burn elected President
Total number of votes cast: 4,595
Voter turnout: 33.1%
Professor Sir Simon Wessely elected President
Total number of votes cast: 3,012
Voter turnout: 23.0%
Professor Dame Sue Bailey elected President
Total number of votes cast: 3,286
Voter turnout: 26.6%