Expressions of interest sought for the role of Association of Physicians of Great Britain & Ireland Executive Committee (ExCom) Member

In March 2021, Professors Menna Clatworthy (Renal – Cambridge); Andrew Godkin (Gastroenterology / Hepatology – Cardiff) and Robert Semple (Endocrinology & Diabetes -Edinburgh) come to the end of their tenure as AoP ExCom Members.

We would like to thank them for their enthusiasm and commitment over the years, and wish them well.

Expressions of Interest are requested from members of the Association for three new members to serve the AoP ExCom and work alongside the remaining members:

AoP Mission

The Association of Physicians of Great Britain & Ireland (AoP) is a registered charity and the home of interdisciplinary translational medicine, inviting collaboration and debate and joining physicians with scientists at the cutting edge of research.

We invite scholarship around a shared vision of the value of interdisciplinary collaboration, reaching new audiences, seeking out and promoting new ways of working and encouraging translational research leading to the advancement of internal medicine and direct benefits for patients.

The Opportunities

There is an ExCom that is representative of the Membership and meets at least four / five times a year. It considers and acts on current issues affecting the Association and subject to member approval in March, it will report to a Board of Trustees. Fellows and Members (including international, non-clinical, industry and early career members) are eligible for election to the ExCom. Members of ExCom also sit on the Internal, External and Annual Meeting Programme Committees.

Currently, all members of the Executive Committee are considered ‘Trustees’ of the Association and are therefore expected to comply with the legal obligations of the role as set out by the Charity Commission – please refer to the essential trustee guide for further information . A motion to form a smaller Trustee Board will be put to the Membership at its business meeting in March meaning that members of the Executive Committee would cease to be considered as ‘Trustees’.

Assuming the formation of a Trustee Board, the Executive Committee will support, advise and guide the Trustee Board in developing policy, strategy and implementation and allow the board to fulfil its legal, ethical, and statutory responsibilities. It is important that the two bodies work closely together to fulfil their responsibilities and there will therefore be an intentional overlap of membership to support this.

Executive Committee members serve for three years.

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The Person/s & Terms of Reference

Whilst maintaining a wide geographic reach, the AoP is committed to achieving a gender balanced committee by 2021.

A role on the Executive Committee is open to all members of the Association and particularly those members who are interested in:

• Representing the membership in identifying strategic issues to be addressed including widening membership and fellowship, supporting clinical research careers, increasing attendance at and relevance of annual meeting, changes to grant funding from AoP, promoting interdisciplinary research amongst physicians and with other scientists, maintaining excellence in the activities for the Association.

• Joining either the internal or external affairs committee including  playing a very proactive role in discussing and progressing new developments within the Association and with external partners, working with the President and Programme Organising Committee to identify key and timely  interdisciplinary themes, speakers and symposium partners for the Association meeting, and seeking new Fellows of the highest calibre.

• Identifying and suggesting issues the membership face that require addressing.

 A willingness to contribute time and energy is essential. The Executive Committee meets twice a year face to face in addition to around three teleconferences. Members will also be asked to attend and/or chair sub-committee meetings.

The Committee aims to be diverse and representative of the Membership and its geographic reach according to the following areas:

  • Scotland
  • Ireland (North/South)
  • East/North East including Cambridge
  • West/North West including Midlands
  • South West and Wales including Oxford
  • South/South East including London


Deadline for expressions of interest: Thursday 3 December
Electronic voting will open: December

The results will be confirmed at the Business Meeting in March 2021.

How to Express Interest

Interested members must submit their expression of interest by email including a:
• 2-page CV highlighting research expertise as well as previous organisational experience including work with Early Career Researchers.
• short personal statement of intent which will be made available to the electorate (no more than 300 words).

The CV and personal statement should be emailed no later than Thursday 3 December to the AoP secretariat.

Equality & Diversity

The AoP is committed to creating and sustaining a positive, fair and mutually supportive environment. We accept, respect and value people with diverse identities and backgrounds and believe our differences make us stronger and more effective in achieving our goals. We ensure appointments are made on the recommendation of a transparent, balanced and appropriate panel, are made on the basis of merit, and encourage applications from all suitably qualified and eligible candidates.

Remuneration / Expenses

Please note that the role is un-remunerated. Reasonable expenses are paid for costs associated with undertaking the role e.g. travel expenses to committee meetings.

To arrange an informal discussion about the role, please contact Honorary Secretary, Professor Christian Delles.

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