BSAC Policy for the Appointment of Hon. Vice Presidents
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The Management of BSAC's affairs shall be vested in a Council comprising not fewer than fourteen and not more than twenty persons elected together with any persons appointed or coopted in accordance with the provisions of these Articles.
The appointment of a President, Vice-Presidents, Life Vice -Presidents and a Patron as provided for in Article 7(A)(6) shall be by a 2:1 majority of the voting Members of Council.
The appointment shall be for a term of not more than three years.
The Patron and the President shall be voting members of the Council and shall be eligible for reappointment.
Vice-Presidents shall be non-voting members of Council and shall be eligible for re-appointment. Life Vice-Presidents shall be non-voting members of Council.
Number – Vice Presidents (VPs)
VPs and Life VPs to be not more than 25% of max voting Directors. This is so their “voice” is balanced within the overall Board.
The term of appointment is for one year after which they can be re-appointed after each AGM, there is no maximum number of terms as outlined in the articles. Re-appointment is at the discretion of Council.
Life VPs are appointed in perpetuity and are an exceptional award.
To act as a resource to Council of Club history and actively inform current thinking and strategy so mistakes can be avoided and “learning” embedded in decision making.
To take on roles, contribute to working groups as and when needed that require a different skill set to the Council members.
To sit on the Audit Committee and act as “last resort” governance balance through direct dialogue with the Auditors to raise “extreme behaviours” of a Council – if the VPs, as a group consider Council are not acting in the interests of the members and society at large.
All VP meetings including the Audit Committee will be minuted to form part of the Council records.
Life VP is an extremely unusual honour and reserved for exceptional contribution the Club.
The role requires a deep understanding of the governance of the club and how it has handled challenges in the past.
Therefore, the expected candidates would usually be former Chairs who have played a material role in dealing with such matters. If the person is not a former Chair then there should be a clear rationale as to why they fulfil that role and have the governance/Board capability required.
Other contributions to BSAC, not just technical advancement can be rewarded through; Club awards, Jubilee Trust awards and Honorary Life Membership.
Nomination and re-nomination process is managed by the Chair, NDO and CEO.
Suggestions with a clear rationale of why a new person is needed and how that the nominee fulfils the role is required for voting.
Life VPs can only be nominated by current Council members to the Chair, NDO and CEO (because they are the only ones who see the VPs ”at work”).