Council Elections 2021

Council Elections
Call for nominations
The College of Podiatry (CoP) is pleased to invite nominations for election to Council for 2021. Elections will take place in early 2021, and newly-elected members of Council will take office after the College’s Annual General Meeting on 1 July.

Who can stand for Council?

Any Voting Member of the College (practising or non-practising) is eligible for nomination for election to Council. You may nominate yourself, or you may nominate another Voting Member (if you choose to nominate someone else you must obtain their permission first).

The College is encouraging nominations from as broad a cross-section of its membership as possible, and would particularly like to hear from members who have not served on Council before. We would also strongly urge our BAME members to consider standing to actively reflect the College’s staunch commitment to an organisational culture which promotes, encourages and supports inclusion, equality and diversity, to reflect the diverse community in which we live and work.

What does Council do?

Council is the highest decision-making body of the College. It has 14 members who are elected by the Voting Members of the College. It provides strategic oversight and governance of the College, as well as leadership of the profession and approval of key organisational changes.

Council holds three main business meetings a year, and one shorter meeting to coincide with a strategic meeting. Meetings usually take place at the College’s offices in London or, more recently, by virtual electronic means. In addition, most members of Council serve on one other College committee, and these generally meet two to three times per year.

Aside from attending Council meetings, The College of Podiatry is both a company limited by guarantee and a registered trade union and this imposes additional responsibilities on Council members. Members who are elected to Council automatically become both company directors and union executive committee members. In taking on these roles, and in particular that of company director, each member of Council has a legal duty to act in the best interests of the College. Find out more on our webpage Become a member of Council.

I'm interested - what do I do next?

All you have to do at this stage is to express an interest in standing for Council. You can do this by email or post, but we must receive it by 15 December. Further details are set out in the Call for Nominations notice. You will then receive an election pack instructing you on how and when to send in your election materials.

We very much hope that you will give serious consideration to standing for Council and helping to shape the future of podiatry.

If you would like any further information, please contact Miss Helena Basarab-Horwath, Assistant Company Secretary, at h.basarab-horwath@cop.org.uk.