Council Members of the British Interplanetary Society are the Trustees of the Society. They are responsible for ensuring that the Society fulfils the obligations laid down in its Articles of Association. The Council ensures that the Society remains relevant and forward thinking, and is tasked with guiding it through the changes needed to achieve its aims. All Members of the Society who have been Fellows, registered as ‘Corporate Members’, for at least three years, are eligible to be nominated or can nominate themselves, for election to Council. A Proposer and a Seconder are required and both must be Fellows.
Council members do not have to have any particular specialisation, but they are expected to take responsibility for guidance of the Society and its Committees. Run mainly by volunteers, Council members should keep the Committees fully informed of any relevant decisions or requests made by Council.
As with any organisation, the Society looks for candidates with a professional outlook who will be able to complete any actions or tasks assigned to them. Council meetings are held roughly every six weeks. If members have a particular area of expertise or interest, they may be asked to join a particular Committee such as the Finance and General Purposes (F&GP) committee which oversees the governance of the Society in support of the CEO/Executive Secretary.
Nomination forms for election to Council can be obtained from the CEO/Executive Secretary, or completed online directly via the form below:
The deadline for submission of nominations is 12:00 BST on Friday 16 September 2022 to allow the statutory 12 weeks and one day before the Annual General Meeting which is now set for Saturday 10 December 2022 at the BIS London. If the number of nominations exceeds the number of vacancies, an election will be held by secret ballot. Ballot papers will be prepared and circulated to all Corporate Members to be completed and returned to the CEO/Executive Secretary by post, by email or at the AGM if attending in person.