Terms of office

The length of time that a volunteer may serve on a committee is of a fixed length. This varies by committee role.

Branch, district and section committees

As set out in Regulation 15, the principal officers and committee members of a branch, district or section Executive Committee (Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer, Secretary and Communications Co-ordinator) hold office for two years and are then eligible for re-election for up to a maximum of four consecutive years, after which they may be re-elected only after at least three years have elapsed. 

Nominations and elections for branch, district and section Executive Committee roles take place annually and are confirmed at the Branch Annual General Meeting (AGM). 

Group committees

Group committee members hold office for three years, after which they resign or seek re-election for a further three year term. Group committee members hold office for no more than six years in total and should then stand down for one year before seeking re-election. Group committees elect their Chair from among their committee members. Chairs hold office for no more than three years.

A transparent recruitment process is undertaken for groups with vacancies being widely promoted to all group members. A set of competences need to be met and an application form completed to apply for committee positions. The Relationship Managers will be able to provide more information about the process and organise it on behalf of the group.