Board of Trustees
The Women's Engineering Society is a charitable company, so it is governed by the President and the Board of Directors of the Company, who are also Trustees of the Charity.
The Board is supported by the Directors' Committees, established in 2020, which Members may apply to join. There are four Directors' Committees that focus on Membership, Partnerships, Events and Communications. There is also a Finance and Audit Committee attended by the President, two Board Members and the Chief Executive Officer.
The Board consists of the WES President, who is the Board Chair and eight Directors/Trustees who are elected by the Members.
The Board can appoint (or co-opt) an additional three Directors if they want to add expertise to the Board.
Since 2020 the Board and President have been elected by and from the Members for three year terms to provide stability for WES. To ensure that fresh voices are added to the Board, a third of the Directors are elected every year for three year terms, to provide innovation for WES.
For the first three years of the new governance, there are transitional arrangements. In 2020 the President and two Directors were elected for three years, three Directors were elected for two years, and three Directors for one year. The election held in 2021 was for three Directors to serve for three years and one to serve for two years to replace a retiring Trustee. The election to be held in 2022 will be for three Directors to serve for three years. In 2023, every Director will be elected for three years.
If there are vacancies, the Board can co-opt (appoint) Directors to fill the vacancies, and an election for any remaining term can be held at the annual elections. The Board can also co-opt up to three more Directors to a total of 12 Board Directors if it requires additional expertise.
The Election for four Board Members opened on the 7 October 2022 and closed on the 22 October 2022.
Sarah Haslam MBE, Dr Tosha Nembhard and Professor Vince Pizzoni were elected to serve a three-year term from 2022-2025.
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