Call for Nominations to Council form 2021

Nominations are now closed.  Voting will open on Monday 16 November – members will be notified via email.

There are currently 5 Ordinary Member vacancies on the SRF Council due to the election or retirement of Dr Professor Colin Duncan (Chair) Dr Robert Robinson (Public Engagement), Dr Adam Watkins (General Secretary/Grants & Awards) David Miller (Treasurer) and Dr Douglas Gibson (Ordinary Member) who have completed their terms of office.

Members of the Society are cordially invited to stand for nomination and if elected to take full responsibility from the date of the next SRF AGM, currently scheduled to take place on Friday 8 January 2021 during the Fertility 21 meeting.

What does the role of an SRF Council Member entail?

Successful candidates will be working alongside the following Council Members who will be invited to confirm their intention, given their current circumstances, to fulfil the next year of their term on Council.

Position Name Completes Term: January
Chair (from January 2021) Dr Richard Lea 2024
Programme chair (from January 2021) Dr Suman Rice 2025
Public Engagement chair (from January 2021) Professor Suzannah Williams 2025
Grants & Award chair (from January 2021) Dr Ali Fouladi-Nashta 2025
Treasurer (from January 2021) Dr Bruce Murphy 2025
Ordinary member Dr Amanda de Mestre 2022
Ordinary member Dr Nick Wheelhouse 2022
Ordinary member Dr Mark Fenwick 2023
Early Career Rep Dr Aleona Swegen 2022
Ex Officio
Co Editor-in-Chief of Reproduction Professor Greg Fitzharris 2023
Co Editor-in-Chief of Reproduction Professor Chris Price 2023
Co Editor-in-Chief of Reproduction & Fertility Professor Norah Spears 2022
Co Editor-in-Chief of Reproduction & Fertility Professor Andrew Horne 2022


Period of Office
Council Members hold office for a period of four years.

Under the current constitution they may not be beneficiaries of the Society and are ineligible to receive grants, travel support and other such benefits available to members.

Attendance at meetings
Council Members are expected to attend Council Meetings.  The foreseeable meetings are due to be held:

2021:     Early January (to coincide with Fertility 2021), May & November – dates TBC
Spring and Autumn Council Meetings are held at a hotel in an accessible UK location, currently this is at Manchester Airport and the format is Thursday afternoon and Friday up to 5pm.  A working dinner is held on Thursday evening, overnight accommodation is provided and travel expenses reimbursed.  The SRF AGM is scheduled to take place at the annual Fertility conference.

Council Members are also expected to serve on Sub-Committees* and could be asked to participate in future task groups.

*The Grants and Awards, Finance and Programme Sub-Committees convene the afternoon prior to the Council meetings (outside of those coinciding with conferences) but in the same location. Therefore, you can expect to be away on SRF Council business for up to 2 working days (including travel time) at least twice a year, plus attendance at the Fertility meeting.

Council Members are expected to be available throughout the year to assist in ad-hoc decision making and have a key role in running and leading the Society, supported by the Secretariat.

Role as Charity Trustee

As a Member of Council, you are taking on the responsibility as a Charity Trustee, whose responsibilities cover the following:

You and your co-trustees must make sure that the charity is carrying out the purposes for which it is set up, and no other purpose. This means you should:

  • ensure you understand the charity’s purposes as set out in its governing document
  • plan what your charity will do, and what you want it to achieve
  • be able to explain how all of the charity’s activities are intended to further or support its purposes
  • understand how the charity benefits the public by carrying out its purposes


To assist with your understanding of the Society, please refer to the Articles of Association and Byelaws which can be found under the “Who We Are” tab on the SRF Website

Further details about the duties of a Charity Trustee can be found at:


  • Under the Society’s rules, eligible SRF Members (fully paid as of Monday 5 October 2020) may stand for election.
  • Members who have previously served on Council as an Officer may stand if one year has elapsed since the end of their previous years of service.
  • Members of Council who are ending their period as an Ordinary Member in January 2021 may stand, providing they have not been on the Council for more than two consecutive terms.
  • Nominations must be supported by at least two paid (as of Monday 5 October 2020) members of the Society. (For reference, a list of current Members can be found in the Members Area of the SRF website under “Notice of Elections”).


Members wishing to stand for election must complete a Nomination to Council form on the SRF website and submit it to the SRF Secretariat to arrive no later than 09.00 hrs UK time on Monday 9 November 2020. The online form includes a space for you to provide a short statement giving details of your relevant experience and what your goals and aspirations are for your time on Council.

Nominees must obtain the support of at least two Statutory Members and are responsible for organising supporting statements on headed paper to be sent to the Secretariat by Friday 13 November 2020.


9 November 2020 Deadline for Nominations:

NB – should the number of nominations received by Monday 9 November 2020 exceed the number of vacancies, then, as stated in the Articles of Association Article 33 -41, the Secretary shall issue voting instructions to each Statutory Member of the Society.  In the case that only one application is received, the successful candidate will be notified

16 November 2020: if more than one application is received, voting Members will be sent a unique link to vote online to elect the next Committee Member.

10 December 2020: voting closes.

14 December 2020: successful candidate notified.

January 2021:  the winner formally announced.

Nominations are closed