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18 Chairman

The President, when present, shall be Chairman at General Meetings of the
Society. In his absence a member of the Council, normally the Vice-President
if he is present, shall take the Chair. If no member of the Council is present
and willing to act, the members present shall elect one of their number to be

19 Vice-President

The Vice-President shall take over any or all of the duties of the President
should the latter be unable, or fails, to carry out such duties himself.

20 Composition of the Executive Council

The Society shall be governed by an Executive Council consisting of the:
President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer (the Executive Officers) plus
up to three Councillors nominated by the membership. Additionally the
Council may invite representatives of the Branch organising the previous and
forthcoming Conventions. Should the members of the Society develop more
Specialist Groups (as specified at Appendix F) a representative from each
Group may be invited to Council meetings.

21 Eligibility for the Council

Any paid-up voting member of the Society resident in the United Kingdom
of Great Britain, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man is
eligible for nomination as an Executive Officer, provided that he has reached
the age of eighteen years and has been a member of the Society for at least
twelve months.

22 Length of Service

Executive Officers and Councillors are elected for ONE year, after which
time they are eligible for re-election. Non-executive officers (see Rule 33)
are appointed for THREE years after which time they are eligible for re-
appointment. Non-executive officers may also be elected as Councillors. They
will carry out their duties as appointed but will also attend Executive Council
meetings during the period for which they are elected as Councillor.

23 Nominations for Executive Officers and Councillors

Nominations for all members of Council to be elected at the next AGM shall be
called for by means of a notice in Small Printer. A nomination must be proposed
and seconded by eligible (as defined by Rule 21) members of the Society and
must contain the nominated member’s agreement to accept nomination. The
nomination must be written and posted to the Secretary to arrive by the 31st
December of the year prior to the AGM. If no valid nomination is received
for any vacancy the Council may make such nomination as it sees fit. If more
than one nomination is made for any vacancy a postal ballot shall be taken in
accordance with Appendix B, in which case each candidate will be required to
provide a statement of approximately 150 words supporting his nomination.

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