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2020 BERA Vice-President Election

Could you be the next BERA President ?

We are currently looking for expressions of interest for the next BERA President between 2021-2022 succeeding Dominic Wyse when his term finishes. You would serve as Vice-President from September 2020 and therefore be elected in the next round of elections. The Position of Vice-President is also of President Elect. Therefore, this election is for the next BERA President. 

The Vice-President is elected for a period of up to 4 years, (September 2020- September 2021 as President-Elect, September 2021 – September 2023 as President, September 2023- September 2024 as Vice-President).

The President acts as the Chair of Trustees for BERA. They will hold the Board and Executive Team to account for BERA’s mission and vision, providing inclusive leadership to the Board of Trustees and ensuring that each trustee fulfils their duties and responsibilities for the effective governance of the charity. They will act as an ambassador and the public face of BERA.

If you are interested, please submit a CV of no more than two pages and short covering letter, addressing how you fulfil the criteria outlined in the role description and send to by 5pm Monday 16th December 2019. 

This is a significant leadership role and we are keen to hear from those who may be interested in standing. Ideally you should have current or recent experience of BERA Council and its work as well as experience of leadership. Should you have any further questions, please contact

Please see the timeline below.

BERA Vice-President Timeline

20th November 2019

Call for Expressions of Interest – Vice-President

16th December 2019

Expression of Interest Period Closes 

16th December – 10th January 2020

Shortlisting and Potential Interview Period

20th January 2020

Elections Open for voting

7th February 2020

Election Period Closes

w/c 17th February 2020

Results Announced

This role includes:

Helping set the strategic direction of BERA through their leadership of Council;

  • Ensuring this strategic direction is consistent across the main governance institutions of the association;
  • Being the primary external voice and representative for BERA;
  • Chairing Council and GPC meetings;
  • Overseeing the BERA Office through the Executive Director;

You will serve alongside the President/ Vice-President and the Treasurer and therefore are expected to attend all Council, GPC and other meetings where required. You will also need to have regular meetings with the Executive Director. You will need to represent BERA externally – this includes having a prominent role at our Annual Conference and also representing us at other conferences and events in the UK and internationally.

This is a significant commitment and involves also being the Chair of Trustees. The time commitment during the period of the Presidency is about 1 day per week averaged across the year. This is reduced during the Vice-Presidential years and will normally be at around 15 days per year.

The trustee role description and specifications can also be found here.

To be eligible to stand, candidates must be must be fully paid up members of BERA at the time of the nomination process opening and closing. No extensions are granted.

Candidates must not be ineligible to stand according to the rules set out by the Charity Commission or Companies House.

We are committed to equal opportunities and we want BERA Council to benefit from the advantages that diversity brings, including different skills, life experiences and backgrounds. We would particularly welcome applications from all under-represented groups and backgrounds and we would  encourage  people who would bring fresh perspectives to the board.

More information on BERA’s Governance can be found on this page.