BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, is calling for nominations for four new member representatives to the BCS Council. The Council, made up of BCS members, advises the Trustee Board, the main decision-making body for the BCS. It escalates issues of concern to the Trustee Board and also advises the Trustee Board when it requests input on major issues.

Members interested in becoming involved on the Council will be expected to attend up to five meetings a year, and read papers and comment on them before the meetings. They may also be invited to join one of the BCS Management Boards, such as Membership, Academy  and Products and Services. Each board has two Council representatives.

According to BCS, a working group chaired by Bob Harvey has been looking at how to make the Council more effective for the past two years. Issues surrounding the effectiveness of the Council recently culminated in a no confidence EGM.

The Institute explained: “During the recent debate around the EGM, it was generally accepted that the route for resolving issues through Council had not been effective in the past, contributing in part to the perceived need for more extreme action.”

One of the changes recommended by the working group was the establishment of an independent chair. To this end, Adrian Williamson and Maggie Kneller have recently been elected as Chair and Vice-Chair of the Council.

“They are planning to make Council much more effective and increase its influence. This means that the role of individual members on Council becomes even more significant,” the Institute said.

Voting to elect the four new Council members will take place during February to 14 March 2011. The elected members will serve a three-year term from the first Council meeting following BCS’s AGM.

Each nominee requires four supporters, who must be paid-up professional members of the Institute.

Nomination forms can be found here and the deadline for submissions is noon, 1 November 2010.