1. The charity and its property shall be managed and administered by a committee comprising the officers and other members, elected or appointed in accordance with this Constitution, and hereafter called the Executive Committee.
2. The Executive Committee will consist of the officers (the "trustees"), one representative from each of the Constituent Groups and Specialist Interest Groups (usually the chair), and the chairs of sub-committees set up by the Executive Committee with specific remits (for example, Scientific Programme Committee, Conference Co-ordination, Education and Training; Ethics and Policy; Media and Communications).
3 Job descriptions for the Trustees/Officers - Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary and Treasurer - will be regularly reviewed to ensure that the skills and experience required for these posts meet the strategic direction of the Society. Nominations for these roles will be sought from the membership. The Executive Committee will appoint to these posts ensuring that the successful applicant has the skills and experience best fitted to the post.
4 The requirement for, and remit of, sub-committees will be determined by the Executive Committee. Expressions of interest to be a sub-committee chair will be sought from members; the chair will be appointed by the Executive Committee from nominations. If appropriate nominations are not received for the filling of vacancies, the Executive Committee should seek to nominate suitable individuals from the membership.
5. The Vice-Chair will hold that office for one year when appointed, then as Chair for a further two years, completing the four year cycle as Vice-Chair for one year.
6. The Chair shall not normally hold that office for a term of more than two years.
7. The Vice-Chair shall not normally hold that office for more than one year before, and for one year after, holding the office of Chair.
8. The Treasurer and Secretary shall not normally hold the office for a term of more than three years but shall be eligible for re‐appointment.
9. The Executive Committee shall have power to invite any appropriate person to attend any of its meetings from time to time as a non-voting observer.
10. Decision of the Executive Committee can be taken by simple majority vote except on matters which concern essential professional interests of members of only one of the Constituent Groups, in which case members of that Constituent Group may reserve the right to refer the matter back to the Council of their own group. In the case of an equality of votes, the person who chairs the meeting shall have a second or casting vote.
11. A quorum for the Executive Committee shall be six members, including two officers of the Society. Attendance shall be in person or by teleconference or online.
12. The Executive Committee through its Secretary shall prepare the agenda for meetings of the Society and between meetings shall act as necessary on behalf of the Society; it shall report on any such actions to the next meeting of the Society.
13. The Executive Committee will have the power to co‐opt additional members for specific tasks and specify the duration of the task.
14. The Executive Committee will delegate the representation of the Society on committees of external bodies to nominated individuals from within the Society.