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Annual Elections

Incose UK Council Election

“The roles of President Elect and Professional Development Director are now due for election. To download the nomination
form for these roles, click here. All nomination forms should be sent to the INCOSE UK Company Secretary no later than 14th September 2020.

The Council have decided to discontinue the Communications Director role as a volunteer role at the end of its current term and stand up a Communications Management Service in the Secretariat. The role of Communications Director will be discontinued at the end of its current term (November 2020). The President-Elect will take on responsibility for the development of the INCOSE UK Communication Plan and the Secretariat will liaise with individual Council Directors to execute the INCOSE UK Communication Plan.

The Council has voted to create an Assistant Director for Events role. Reporting to the President-Elect, and acting as the chair of the Events Team, this will be a non-voting member of the INCOSE UK Council and, given the financial implications associated with events, this role is to be appointed rather than elected. To align with the existing election cycle, the Council are inviting people to stand for the position of Assistant Director for Events.

This is a 3-year term starting in November 2020. Candidates will be asked to complete and submit a nomination form. The Terms of Reference for the role can be found by clicking here. The Events Team will assess the candidates based on an objective assessment framework (which will be published shortly) and then their recommendations will go to Council for ratification. The nomination form can be downloaded here and should be sent to the INCOSE UK Company Secretary no later than 14th September 2020.”

In the past, the cycle of positions for election has become blurred, with the exception of the President, President Elect and Immediate Past President. To maintain continuity on the Council there is an automatic succession from President Elect to President to Immediate Past President each being a two year term. This means that a new President Elect is elected every two years. The other board roles are three year terms with two roles up for election each year. A retiring member of the Council can be eligible for re-election.

So to clarify the election cycle:

Role Year of Next Election Term of Office
President Elect 2020 2 Years
President 2020 (year of takeover) 2 Years
Immediate Past President 2020 (year of takeover) 2 Years
Professional Development Director 2021 3 Years
Outreach Director 2021 3 Years
Finance Director 2022 3 Years
Technical Director 2022 3 Years
Communications Director - -

Elections for the INCOSE UK Council are held using an online voting system. The results of elections are announced at the Annual General Meeting.

No ballot is required if an election is uncontested because there is only one candidate standing for a position.

There is an expectation that there will be a handover period between the outgoing post holder and the newly elected member of the Council that will be agreed between the two individuals concerned. The duration of this handover will depend upon the Council role, however it is envisaged that it will typically be 3 months and will include both persons attending the next Council meeting.

At any point during an office's term, the post holder may tender their resignation in writing to the President. On receipt of a letter of resignation, the Council may decide to appoint an interim post holder for that vacancy until the annual election process is completed. The next election process after the resignation will include nominations for the vacancy along with the positions up for re-election as part of the cycle which is detailed in INCOSE UK Election process policy document.