The Nominating Committee is established under By-Law II of the Society’s Charter and Statutes. It is responsible for proposing slates of candidates for vacancies on Council and vacancies on its own membership. It operates under a Memorandum of Understanding with Council (below).
The Committee in its work will seek to ensure that the slates of candidates put to the membership are balanced and reflect a broad range of mathematical specialisms, draw on all regions of the UK and have an appropriate gender balance. The Committee itself does not manage the election process but it exists to propose a range of candidates to the membership.
There are 8 members of Nominating Committee, six of whom are elected. One member is nominated by Council as its representative on the Committee, who is generally a sitting Member-at-Large on Council. The Chair is also appointed by Council.
Nominating Committee is very keen to receive input from members of the Society and it actively welcomes suggestions from the membership for nominations now or in future years. Each year Nominating Committee considers a list of suggestions put forward by members and for those who are not put forward these suggestions are generally carried forward year-on-year. In 2012, more than 50 names suggested by the membership were considered by the Committee and the majority of candidates on the slate were suggested to the Committee by ordinary Society members.
All members are therefore invited to suggest LMS members who can make valuable contributions to the work of Council or of the Nominating Committee. Suggestions can be sent to Professor John Toland the Chair of the Nominating Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org. There is no need to get the consent of the suggested person at this stage, as the Nominating Committee will approach those it wishes to put forward to seek agreement. Members who do make suggestions for election are asked to provide:
- The name of their suggested nominee.
- Their mathematical specialism(s)
- Their institution(s)
- A brief statement saying what that person could bring to Council/Nominating Committee.
When putting names forward for consideration, Members are asked to consider the need for Council to represent the whole UK mathematics community and to be balanced by mathematical specialism, region and gender. Members should also note that to be eligible for Council or Nominating Committee mathematicians must be members of the LMS in good standing, and resident in the UK.
Members submitting suggested names are also asked to bear in mind that membership of Council can be time-consuming and any prospective nominee for Council would need to be able to commit a significant amount of time. Every year several excellent people decline a nomination, often due to an inability to fully commit to time on Council.
The By-Laws of the Society allow members to nominate directly candidates for positions on Council and Nominating Committee. The work of Nominating Committee does not remove that right, and an invitation for direct nominations will be included in future editions of the LMS Newsletter. Details are also on the LMS website. The Nominating Committee slate will be published on the LMS website on or about 1st August each year. When considering direct nominations, members are asked to consider the desirability of Council being balanced by mathematical specialism, region and gender.
Nominating Committee Membership
J. Toland (Chair), S. Blackburn, M. Mazzocco, R. Heath-Brown, S. Rees, U. Tilmann and A. Wilkie. Council will also appoint a representative to the committee.
Submitted by Donald Eastwood on 31 August, 2011 12:25