Election and AGM

The 2021 RACP Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place on Friday 7 May 2021 in Sydney and online.

2021 RACP Board election

Nominations have closed for the Member Director Board positions. Congratulations to the nominees who have been declared for the positions.  We look forward to you being involved in taking part in shaping our College’s future. Appointments will go forward to the RACP Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Friday 7 May 2021, when the election results are declared.

Thank you for your involvement in the College elections.

Yours sincerely,

Professor John Wilson AM
RACP President

Board provisional results

Candidate For Elected (Yes/No)
Donald (Don) Campbell 200 No
Gregory (Greg) Stewart 179 No
Cornelius (Kees) Nydam 43 No
Sharmila Ramessur Chandran 330 Yes
Peter Lazzari 10 No
Suharsha Ruwan Kanathigoda 78 No
Catherine Cole 247 Yes

Link Market Services conducted the voting for the College for the election of two Board Member Director positions. Each ballot paper was received by post or online.

Collective Board expertise

To effectively operate the College, members of the College Board – working together in a respectful and collaborative environment – require skills, experience and expertise that must be aligned to the objectives and purpose of the College, as set out in the RACP Constitution (PDF).

Collectively, these Board skills and expertise should enable the College to successfully develop, implement and monitor the performance of the College strategy. Ideally, the College Board should be structured to have:

  • a diversity of backgrounds, expertise and perspectives
  • a significant depth of experience, skills and knowledge in critical areas of the College’s activities or in areas which are important to the College’s future development
  • a capacity to work strategically for the College as a whole, in a complex and challenging environment
  • combined commitment, personal qualities and integrity which mean Directors work together effectively and with other parts of the College
  • a clear and shared understanding of good governance and the Board’s role in the College

RACP Strategic Plan 2021

The College will shortly be releasing the Strategic Plan for 2021. The plan focuses not only on our core business as usual, but also the areas we will address for strategic improvement.

The Plan will replace the third year of the RACP Strategic Plan 2019-2021 (PDF).

Strategic experience and capacity

Ideally, prospective RACP Directors must demonstrate relevant experience and a capacity to operate strategically in one or more of these areas:

  • Education and training — the development, delivery or assessment of education and training
  • Policy and advocacy — developing or advocating for public policy, building community relationships and networks in areas relevant to healthcare
  • Research — experience in research, research training, research management, research development, the funding or supervision of research in medicine, or the RACP Foundation
  • Fellowship matters and College relationships — achievements related to building engagement and relationships with members, the health industry and organisational partners

Position descriptions covering each of the open Board positions provides more details of the essential and desirable skills, qualifications and experience expected from members nominating for appointment as a Board Director.

College structure and governance

The College is a public company limited by guarantee. The College governance documents include the RACP Constitution, Board Charter, Directors Code of Conduct and other relevant By-Laws. As an incorporated body, the College is bound by the Corporations Act, as well as by the common law including the fiduciary duties of Directors and Officers.

All RACP activities are governed by the College Constitution, which is approved by members. Additionally, the RACP is a Charity registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) and must comply with the ACNC legislation, which includes modified Director duties.

The ACNC Act sets down 5 Governance Standards that all Charities must satisfy at all times to remain registered with the ACNC. All RACP Directors are classified as Responsible Persons under the ACNC legislation.

The ACNC Governance Standard 5 – Duties of Responsible Persons requires all RACP Directors to:

  1. act with reasonable care and diligence
  2. act honestly and fairly in the best interests of the charity and for its charitable purposes
  3. not misuse their position or information they gain as a Responsible Person
  4. disclose conflicts of interest
  5. ensure that the financial affairs of the charity are managed responsibly
  6. not allow the charity to operate while it is insolvent

Guidance notes for candidates nominating for election to RACP Board (PDF)

Recommended resources

These resources are applicable to the roles and responsibilities of the RACP Board and its Directors are recommended reading for members interested in nominating for the RACP Board in this election.

Governance for Good: The ACNC’s guide for Charity Board Members | Australian Charities and Non-for-profit Commission
The Not-for-profit Governance Principles (PDF) | Australian Institute of Company Directors

Board election timeline

Event Date
Nominations for Member Directors and Aotearoa New Zealand President-elect close Monday 15 February 2021
Declaration of Nominees for all relevant positions and arrangement of election for all positions with more than one nominee Wednesday 17 February 2021
Last day for withdrawal of nominations Monday 8 March 2021
Opening of online voting and voting instructions will be emailed to all members Tuesday 9 March 2021
Voting closes Tuesday 6 April 2021
Announcement of provisional results pending audit notification Friday 16 April 2021
RACP Annual General Meeting — declaration of all election results Friday 7 May 2021

Nomination outcomes

If the number of valid nominees is equal to or less than the number of vacant positions, those nominees will be automatically elected to the positions.

If the number of valid nominees is greater than the number of vacant positions, a ballot will be held. Valid nominees will be asked to provide a Candidate Statement (500 words maximum) and a headshot for publishing to support their candidacy.

All election outcomes will be reported at the Annual General Meeting.

Guidance notes

These guidance notes are provided to assist members nominating for election, to understand the requirements for Directors of the College and to provide appropriate information covering their expertise and potential contribution to the College’s future.

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