The Role of Council

the role of Council

The Role of Council and its Members

The Society is governed by a Council of Trustees who meet four times a year. The business of Council is guided by the Society’s Royal Charter, By-Laws and Standing Orders. Council sets the strategic direction of the Society and reviews the delivery of it programmes of work. Council is chaired by the President

and supported by the executive team and all Council Members make an important contribution to the role of the Society. All Officers and Ordinary Members of Council are Trustees of the Society. Council consists of the following Members:

President

Four Vice Presidents (which includes a Vice-President for Scotland)

Treasurer

General Secretary

Not more than twelve nor less than eight Ordinary Members of Council

The Editor of Society News and the Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom with the World Meteorological Organization are ex-officio, non-voting members of the Council.

President

The President of the Society is a prestigious role, acting as a figure-head in promoting and representing the interests of the Society to key stakeholders. They preside over all of the Society’s activities and strategic developments, and chair Council Meetings, the Awards Committee and the Annual General Meeting. The President will deliver at least one Presidential Address during their two year term of office. The President shall normally serve as a Vice-President the year before and the year immediately after being President

Vice-Presidents

The Vice-Presidents of the Society play an important role in helping to shape the strategic direction of the organisation.  They undertake duties requested by and agreed with the President or Council as the need arises. At any one time, the Society has four Vice-Presidents: one is the incoming or outgoing President and one is the Vice-President for Scotland with a two year term of office. The other two Vice-Presidents have a three year term of office and one is nominated to Chair the Strategic Programme Board and other to serve on the House Committee. Vice-Presidents shall normally take ownership of at least one of the Society’s strategic initiatives on behalf of Council – this may involve participating in a project team established to deliver this initiative. In addition to the specific roles defined here, Vice-Presidents are entitled to take up membership of whichever of the Society’s committees they may wish to become involved with.

Treasurer

The Treasurer plays a key role as one of the senior Officers of the Society in helping to shape and develop the future direction of the organisation during their five year term of office.  The main duties of the Treasurer are outlined as follows:

  • keep under review through the House Committee, for the purposes of audit, all financial and contractual commitments of the Society, which entails membership of the House Committee, the Strategic Programme Board and the Salary and Remuneration Committee;
  • take responsibility for agreeing the Chief Executive’s financial delegations on behalf of Council and, as appropriate, authorise on behalf of Council any capital operational expenditure items that exceed the Chief Executive’s financial delegations;
  • on behalf of the House Committee, oversee the Headquarters work on the preparation of the Annual Accounts and take specific responsibility for overseeing the policies and practices related to the Society’s Investments that are implemented by the HQ team;
  • be the principal cheque signatory for the Society.

In addition to the specific roles defined here, the Treasurer is entitled to take up membership of whichever of the Society’s committees they may wish to become involved with.

General Secretary

The General Secretary plays a key role as one of the senior Officers of the Society in helping to shape and develop the future direction of the organisation during their five year term of office.  The main duties of the General Secretary are outlined as follows:

  • be the person responsible for all of the Society’s non-executive staff issues and be the point of appeal for staff on matters of grievance;
  • chair the Salary and Remuneration Committee;
  • chair the Membership Development Group;
  • chair the House Committee and oversee matters relating to the House Committee’s Terms of Reference not covered by the Treasurer;
  • attend the Strategic Programme Board representing projects that would come from changes in policy or procedures made at the House Committee;
  • be one of the cheque signatories for the Society.

In addition to the specific roles defined here, the Treasurer is entitled to take up membership of whichever of the Society’s committees they may wish to become involved with.

Ordinary Members of Council

The Society has a number of Committees overseeing the programmes of work, these include Professional Accreditation Board, Climate Science Communication Group, Education and Outreach Committee, Scientific Publishing Committee, Nominations Committee, Meetings Committee, Fellowship Committee and the Investigations Committee. The role of a Committee Chair is an important one in ensuring that the programme of work of that committee is dealt with appropriately and meets with the wider strategic aims of the Society. All Committee Chairs keep the Terms of Reference for their committees under regular review and report to Council on a regular basis. The majority of Committee Chairs will sit on Council if appropriate.

Other Ordinary Members of Council actively contributes to the affairs of the Society and help shape the direction of the organisation. An Ordinary Member serves three year term of office and no person who has previously a Council Member for three successive years can hold office as an Ordinary Member of Council unless at least one year has elapsed since that person’s last period of office.

Nominations for Election to Council

The Nominations Committee review the vacancies that arise on Council and evaluate the balance of skills, knowledge, experience and diversity of Council. In the light of this evaluation, the Nomination Committee shall prepare a description of the role and capabilities required for each particular vacancy on Council and a list will be circulated to members in mid-September detailing the names of Members of Council due to retire on 30 September of the following year. The current list of vacancies and relevant role descriptions are detailed below. Fellows and Associate Fellows are invited to send nominations to the General Secretary by mid-October nominations of suitable candidates to fill these vacancies. The nomination should include a statement that details the nominee’s skills, experience and qualifications for the role and should be supported in writing from two Fellows or Associate Fellows. Council will also include their own nominations to fill vacancies for Members of Council.  

The Nominations Committee shall then assess the nominations against the required skills and expertise for each role and draw up a provisional list to be approved at the February meeting of Council and this list is circulated to members by mid-March. If only one candidate has been assessed by the Nominations Committee as duly qualified for a vacancy, the person nominated shall be deemed to be duly elected and there will be no ballot for election to Council. If more than one candidate has been assessed by the Nominations Committee as duly qualified for a vacancy then the list will be circulated to members normally four weeks prior to the Annual General Meeting so that a ballot for election to Council can take place. 

Election to Council in 2018

Nominations for Members of Council retiring on 30th September 2018 are required for the following positions:

Vice President: Steve Noyes

Treasurer: Alan Radford

Ordinary Member of Council: Roger Brugge and Helen Roberts

Resources

Vacancies on Council 2018