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Responsibilities of Council Members

Council members are elected by the Fellows and Members of their region. Being a council member carries responsibilities but should also be a productive and rewarding experience. It enables an ophthalmologist to contribute to the work of the College and to take part in the national debate about ophthalmology. Meetings are usually held in clusters in the second week of the month. The responsibilities include:

Attendance at Council

To participate in the debate and to bring constituents’ views to the attention of the College. Council meets quarterly, on a Friday morning, concluding with lunch.

Participation in standing committees

Council members are expected to join at least one standing committee (Education, Examinations, Finance, Professional Standards, Scientific and Training). Members’ preference will be taken into account but the Honorary Secretary will ensure sufficient Council representation on each committee.

Preparation for meetings

Council members are expected to read the meeting papers in advance. They are sent a week in advance by email or hard copy and may include a number of enclosures.

Conduct in meetings

To promote free and open debate the discussions in meetings should be regarded as confidential. The minutes of meetings are a matter of record and the short notes are included in the fortnightly Eyemail that is sent out to all members.

Declaration of conflict of interests

Council members are expected to complete a declaration of interest form each June and to declare any conflict of interest that at the start of committee meetings and to withdraw from the ensuing discussions, if appropriate.

Attendance at the Admissions Ceremony

Usually in September.

Attendance at the Council Dinner

Held in June, for which a charge is levied.

Council members are not paid for their services. Travel expenses are reimbursed on production of receipts and claims should be submitted within three months of the meeting.  Please read the Policies relating to the governance of the College, including travel expenses.

Council members are asked to read the Annual Report and The Strategic Plan 2015-19.