Updated: Changes to RCPI President Designate and Council elections in 2020

Applications will be accepted for the roles of Councillors and President Designate until 24 July 2020

Timelines extended in response to Covid-19 pandemic

Two important election processes are currently underway in the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, with a call for applications for:

  • 12 Fellows on RCPI Council, the ultimate decision-making body of the College
  • President Designate of RCPI, taking up the role of President in October 2020

Eligible Fellows may nominate themselves for one or both roles using the application forms below.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the increasing demands placed upon our Fellows during this time, we have extended the election timeline.

The deadline to submit your application has been extended to 24 July 2020.

These are the first elections to take place following changes to our Governance structure.

Please read the eligibility criteria carefully before you apply.

Updated election timelines for 2020

The important dates for both elections have been updated - They are:

  • 2 March 2020 – Call for applications for the role of Ordinary Councillors and President-Designate (no change)
  • 24 July 2020 – Deadline for applying for the roles
  • 14 August 2020 – Ballot opens (online voting). All Fellows of the College in good standing can vote
  • 18 September 2020 – Ballot closes
  • 19 October 2020 - Annual Stated Meeting - elections confirmed

If you want to run for President-Designate/President of RCPI

You are eligible to be President-Designate/President of RCPI if you are:

  • A Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (FRCPI) for at least 10 years
  • In good standing (Fellowship fees for 2019/2020 fully paid)
  • Not prohibited by law from being a charity trustee
  • Ordinarily resident in Ireland
  • Either a current or previous member of Council, within the last 10 years

The President-Designate will become President in October 2020.

President Designate/President role description

You can read more about the role of President Designate/President here

President Designate 2020 - Application form

Completed forms should be submitted to the College via email at elections@rcpi.ie. This PDF form should be typed into and saved on your computer.

Being elected to Council provides Fellows with an unrivalled opportunity to shape the College’s strategic development through leadership, support and advocacy roles. We urge Fellows to come forward and submit nominations for these important elections.

Professor Mary Horgan

President, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland

If you want to run for Councillor

Under our new governance structure, we will no longer have Senior and Junior Fellows on Council. Instead, we will elect 12 Councillors.

Councillors elected in 2020, the first year of these changes, will serve a two-, three- or four-year year term, with the term in each case being decided by lottery after the election.

In order to run for election as a Councillor, you must be:

  • A Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (FRCPI)
  • In good standing (Fellowship fees for 2019/2020 fully paid)
  • Not prohibited by law from being a charity trustee

There are 12 seats available for Councillors this year:

  • Medicine - 7 seats (You must be a specialist in one of the 18 specialties aligned with Medicine)
  • Paediatrics - 1 seat
  • Pathology - 1 seat
  • Public Health Medicine - 1 seat
  • Occupational Medicine - 1 seat
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology - 1 seat

If you want to run for election in any of the specialties apart from Medicine you must hold both FRCPI and Fellowship of the associated Faculty (or Membership of the IOG).

Please indicate on the application form which seat you are applying for.

Councillors role description

You can read more about the terms of office, and who is eligible to stand for election here.

Councillors election 2020 - Application form

Completed forms should be submitted to the College via email elections@rcpi.ie. This PDF form should be typed into and saved on your computer.

Give yourself the best chance of being elected

Those running for election will be asked to submit a candidate statement.

We have developed some guidelines on how to write an effective statement.

Guidelines on writing a candidate statement

Give yourself the best chance of being elected - Read our guidelines for writing a candidate statement.

All members of Council will be trustees of the College

All members of Council will be trustees of the College. Being a trustee is an important role within the College as a registered charity.

If you are considering running for election, we advise that you read the following Charities Regulator – Guidance for Charity Trustees

What has changed compared to previous elections?

Following a review of our governance, we are in the process of implementing a series of changes, including a new structure for RCPI Council.

This includes a reduced Council membership, with more elected seats and representation from the six major specialties within RCPI.

We have also extended the term of office for Council members from two to three years.

As this is the first year of implementing these changes, all Councillors elected in 2020 will serve either a two, three or four-year term, with the term in each case being decided by lottery after the election.

This means that from 2022 onwards, there will be an election for a third of our Councillors every year. In order to facilitate these changes, as no Councillor will have completed their term by 2021, there will be no election held next year.

Terms of Reference for Council of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland

How to submit your application - Apply by 24 July 2020

If you would like to run for election complete the relevant application form above and attached it to an email to elections@rcpi.ie by 5pm Friday 24 July 2020.

If you have any questions or require further information you are welcome speak to a member of the Executive, who can be reached through elections@rcpi.ie.

Make sure you can vote

Fellows of RCPI will be able to vote for their preferred candidates in all categories (President and each of the Councillors – regardless of specialty), and will be sent a link to the ballot, if they are in good standing.

Further information on how to vote will be issued to eligible Fellows when the ballot opens..

To be in good standing, you must have paid your Fellowship fees for 2019/2020.

"In good standing" excludes Fellows who have voluntarily withdrawn from Fellowship or have been expelled or suspended from Fellowship. 

If you have queries about paying your Fellowship renewal, Rosaleen Tarleton in our Membership Services will be able to help: membership@rcpi.ie or +353 (0)1 863 9685.