College abandons EGM following death of Her Majesty The Queen

Online news
14 September 2022

The College decided to abandon its Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) on Thursday 8 September, following the sad announcement of the death of Her Majesty The Queen.

The historic meeting, which was being held concurrently at nine locations, was being held to debate proposed rule changes to allow the College to hold virtual general meetings as a matter of course and to extend voting rights to Affiliates.

President Dr Adrian James had just given his opening speech, and members had spoken in Belfast and Birmingham when the news came through – and Dr James took the difficult decision to call the meeting to a halt.

Dr James felt that as a royal college it would not have been appropriate to continue with the meeting in the knowledge of the sad news.

The College would like to thank the 200 members who attended one of the nine locations in Belfast, Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Exeter, Ipswich, Leeds, London or Newcastle – as well as the many who attended virtually.

We are sorry that so many members travelled to the various venues, only for it to then be cancelled as a result of the unforeseen sad news, and we would like to offer to cover reasonable travel costs. To apply for a refund for your travel please email

We will update our members as to what are the next steps with respect of the proposed rule changes in due course.

We would like to thank members for their understanding.