Council Shadowing Scheme

We are excited to announce that following a successful trial, the Council Shadowing Scheme has now been extended to Committees. This is a fantastic opportunity to gain an insight into the work of the Society and to gain a wealth of knowledge by experiencing first-hand our Council and Committee activities. We encourage you apply now, and get in involved in shaping the future of the organisation.

Successful applicants will be given the chance to familiarise themselves with the Society’s governance structures, and the work and responsibilities of Council and Committees, in line with our commitment to transparency and openness.


We have placements for up to four members of Council to be shadowed in 2018. The relationship can be purely based on correspondence, or shadow members may attend one meeting of Council to get first-hand experience of how Council meetings are run.

The deadline for applications to the Council shadowing scheme is Thursday 7 June 2018, and eligible applications to the Council Shadowing Scheme will be considered by Council at their meeting in July. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by 31 July and successful applicants will be introduced to their Council host by email by the same date.

If you wish to attend a Council meeting as part of your placement, you must be available to attend on either 7 September 2018 or 7 December 2018. Shadows are also welcome to attend the pre-Council meeting the afternoon before.

Council responsibilities

As the Society is both a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee, Council members are legally responsible as Trustees of the Charity and Directors of the Company. As such, they have a key role in shaping the work of the organisation. Eight Council members are elected by the membership, six of whom are appointed to key positions as Chairs of Committees.


Our seven Committees have different meeting schedules, so the number of placements we have available each year is dependent on the Committee. As with Council shadows, the relationship can be purely based on correspondence, or shadow members may attend one Committee meeting. It is up to the Committee host and the shadowing member to decide when they are paired.

Applications to shadow Committees are accepted on an ad hoc basis. If you wish to attend Committee meetings in person, this can be discussed with the relevant Committee Chair. Eligible applications to the Committees Shadowing Scheme will be reviewed by the relevant Committee Chair within a month of acknowledgement of the application. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application and successful applicants will be introduced to their Committee host by email at the same time.

Committee responsibilities

Our Committees oversee delivery of the Society's strategic priorities and play a vital role in supporting Council in its activities. You can find out about the different Committees and their Terms of Reference on the Committees page.

How the scheme works

All members of the Society are eligible to apply for a shadow placement. At the end of the shadowing relationship, the shadowing member will be invited to provide feedback to the Society to improve the scheme and to encourage other members to participate.

Questions about the shadowing scheme should be directed to

Application process

To apply, members should provide the following details by email to

  • Name and membership number.
  • A short statement about why you would like to participate, and aspirations for future involvement in the Society’s governing bodies (max. 500 words).
  • A brief (one-page) CV outlining your relevant experience (ONLY for a position on Council).

We encourage applicants to read the Terms of Reference for Council or their preferred Committee before submitting their application.