RACP Board Election 2023

The 2023 RACP Elections have now closed for the Member Director Board position. The Board appointment will go forward to the RACP Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Friday, 5 May 2023, which is when Board election results are declared.

Thank you for your involvement in the College elections.

Yours sincerely,

Dr Jacqueline Small
RACP President

Board Provisional Results

The RACP Elections 2023 commenced on 6 January 2023, with provisional results announced 12 April 2023 and new directors notified.

CorpVote conducted the voting for the College for the Member Director Board position. In respect of each ballot paper received by post or online, see the results below:

Board — Member Director

Candidate For Elected (Yes/No)
Dr Peter Pratten 97 No
Professor Pooshan Navathe 212 No
Professor Nick Buckmaster 654 No
Professor Deborah Yates 658 Yes

The successful Board candidate term will commence at the end of the Annual General Meeting held in Sydney and online on Friday, 5 May 2023.

Board election timeline

Event Date
Nominations for Member Director close Monday 13 February 2023
Declaration of Nominees for the Board position and arrangement of election where more than one nomination has been received Wednesday 15 February 2023
Last day for withdrawal of nominations Thursday 2 March 2023
Opening of online voting. Individualised voting instructions will be emailed to all members Friday 3 March 2023
Voting closes Tuesday 4 April 2023
Announcement of provisional results pending audit notification Wednesday 12 April 2023
RACP Annual General Meeting — declaration of all election results. The successful nominee will start their term at the conclusion of our Annual General Meeting Friday 5 May 2023

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 position.

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 photograph 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.

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 2022-2026

The RACP Strategic Plan 2022-2026 defines where the College wants to be in the future, it sets out the 4 strategic focus areas with underlying priorities to achieve the strategic goals and add value to the membership.

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

The position description covering the open Board position 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 the 5 Governance Standards that 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

Recommended resources

These resources are applicable to the roles and responsibilities of the RACP Board Directors and 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

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