AGM and election 2019

AGM and election 2019

The RPS Annual General meeting took place at RPS House in Bristol on Saturday 28th September.

The meeting dealt with normal AGM business, a number of resolutions, and the announcement of the results of the 2019 Council elections.

View the agenda by clicking here

The new Council

Dr Del Barrett ARPS took up the position of President and will serve until 2021.

The following Members were elected and took up their positions as Council Members and Trustees of the RPS at the end of the meeting:

Alan Hodgson ASIS FRPS was elected as President Elect. He will serve in this role for two years and then become President in 2021 for two years. John Miskelly was elected as Treasurer and will serve until 2023.

Janet Haines ARPS, Carol McNiven Young FRPS, Andy Golding ASICI FRPS, and Simon Hill FRPS were elected as Ordinary members of Council. Janet and Carol will serve until 2023 and Andy and Simon will serve until 2021. All may stand for election again.

Learn more about the new Council members

Click here for full results of the member ballot.

The new Council bring a wealth of experience and they are excited to embark upon working together to guide the RPS forwards. They are also able to co-opt a further three members to their body and will give a lot of thought as to how they can broaden the diversity of Council to ensure a strong sense of both the inner workings of the RPS and the external environment within which the RPS operates, which is so important if the organisation is to realise its full potential.


Ten resolutions were passed at the AGM.

All the resolutions passed except Resolution 4a, the result of this means the maximum number of Honorary Fellowships that may be awarded in a year will be 11, and 12 in an election year.

Details of all resolutions may be found here

Summary of voting upon resolutions

Detailed voting report

Elections review

In response to feedback and complaints during the elections, Council agreed to commission an immediate independent external review of the elections process. Following discussion with the RPS’s retained lawyers, Stone King LLP, Council have commissioned an independent charity mediator, Michael King, of Queen Square Advisory to carry out the review.

Michael’s career spans 40 years as a solicitor, operating in the charity sector, and he has undertaken a number of projects on behalf of the Charity Commission. He is an accredited mediator.

The scope of the work he will undertake for the RPS is as follows:

  • Investigate the validity of the complaints received from, and concerns raised by, both RPS members and non-members.
  • Consider whether the behaviour of election candidates, Council members, RPS members and staff was appropriate, throughout the election process.
  • Consider the guidance provided from the RPS, both before and during the election period, about the use of Society communication channels, including but not limited to social media, mailing lists and publications and whether this has been adhered to during the election process.
  • Advise whether the election for this Council has adequate credibility or whether this has been compromised.
  • Recommendations for the future and lessons learned.

The results and recommendations of this review will be made public.

Any Member with a specific complaint may contact Michael directly and in confidence by emailing


This year, for the first time, the process for the Council elections, and for appointing a proxy to vote on resolutions at the AGM was carried out online, enabling a quicker, cost effective and more secure process.

Although paper-based voting was also offered, less than 30 of over 11,000 members requested paper-based voting. Over 800 people took part online and of these only 7 people raised support tickets.

We are very pleased with the way the online platform worked and would like to thank the team at Mi-Voice for their support.

If you have any questions or comments about the AGM and elections, please email