Presidential elections

Dr Adrian James will be stepping down as President in June 2023 after three years in office. 

Below you can find out all the information you need about the 2022/23 elections which will elect a new President of the College, as well as information on voting and the timetable for the election.

Elections process and FAQs

DateEvent
1 June 2022Nominations open
5 AugustClosing date for submission of nominations
24 AugustCandidates filmed for website at Prescot Street
Early September Announcement of candidates standing for election
SeptemberArticle in RCPsych Insight profiling candidates
20 OctoberHustings
NovemberOnline Q&As
14 DecemberVoting opens
Noon 18 January 2023Voting closes
19 JanuaryResults declared

Under our canvassing code for the Presidential election, candidates will be able to communicate with members about their candidacy through:

Read the canvassing code in full

Please see our canvassing code for the rules on what canvassing is allowed.

If you have any concerns about canvassing, please contact elections@rcpsych.ac.uk.

All Members, Fellows and Specialist Associates are able to vote in Presidential elections.

Voting will open on 14 December.

If you're eligible to vote (please check eligibility section above), you'll automatically be included in the electorate.

The email address that you have registered with us as your default will be given to the Civica Election Services who will send you an email with a link to the voting site. Please ensure that your email address is updated on the Members' Area.

This link will be unique to you and the voting page can’t be found through a search engine. Once you're taken to the site you can read the candidates’ statements and rank the candidates in order of preference.

If you're having issues with your ballot email or you're eligible to vote but haven't received the email, please contact elections@rcpsych.ac.uk.

2020

Candidates: Professor Kam Bhui, Dr Adrian James, Professor Pamela Taylor

Dr Adrian James elected President

Total number of votes cast: 3,346

Voter turnout: 22.9%

2017

Candidates: Dr Peter Aitken, Dr J S Bamrah, Professor Wendy Burn, Professor Rob Poole, Dr James Warner

Professor Wendy Burn elected President

Total number of votes cast: 4,595

Voter turnout: 33.1%

2014

Candidates: Dr Laurence Mynors-Wallis, Professor Sir Simon Wessely

Professor Sir Simon Wessely elected President

Total number of votes cast: 3,012

Voter turnout: 23.0%

2011

Candidates: Professor Dame Sue Bailey, Dr Dabyasachi Bhaumik, Professor Nick Craddock, Professor George Ikkos, Professor Anthony Pelosi, Professor Chris Thompson

Professor Dame Sue Bailey elected President

Total number of votes cast: 3,286

Voter turnout: 26.6%

2008

Professor Dinesh Bhugra elected President unopposed

2005

Candidates: Professor Sheila Hollins, Professor Cornelius Katona, Professor Femi Oyebode, Professor Richard Williams, Dr Tony Zigmond

Professor Sheila Hollins elected President

Total number of votes cast: 3,370

Voter turnout: 33.89%

Further questions

For any questions about the Presidential election that haven't been answered here, please contact the elections team on elections@rcpsych.ac.uk.