Electing our next President

Professor Wendy Burn will be stepping down as President in June 2020 after three years in office and we are accepting nominations for her successor from 1 June to 9 August 2019.

The position of President is the most senior post in the College, with a national and international leadership role in psychiatry. The President also chairs our Council and Board of Trustees.

You can find all the information on how to stand for President including the forms that need to be submitted and some FAQs on the nomination process.

All Members, Fellows and Specialist Associates can stand for election, and all can vote for the next President when voting opens on 11 December.

Modernising our approach to canvassing

There are also details on the website of how we’re modernising our elections process by allowing Presidential candidates more ways to communicate with voters, including 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.

This will be the first time that presidential candidates can discuss their candidacy with voters in such an open and transparent way. Members will be able to form a more rounded and informed view of each candidate and to understand each candidate’s vision and approach.

Once we announce the names of the candidates standing for President at the end of September there will be further details of how to submit questions for online Q&As and how to book a place at the hustings event.

If you have any further questions about the election for President that aren’t answered on the website, please contact elections@rcpsych.ac.uk or 020 3701 2566.

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