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How the Society is governed

Background

The Society is governed by its by-laws. The business of the Society is conducted by an Executive Committee, whose members are elected from the Ordinary Membership of the Society. The Executive Committee shall comprise the Officers of the Society (President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer) and four Ordinary Members and, where appropriate, a President-Elect, Treasurer-Elect and, as a non-voting member, the immediate Past-President.

The Society holds an annual Members' Assembly, usually during the annual Congress, at which the President or Secretary reports on the work done by the Society during the preceding year, and the Treasurer presents a statement of the Society's accounts.

The Executive Committee appoint other committees to handle specific tasks. These committees report to the Executive Committee. 

New for 2020

In 2019 the EAS Executive Committee felt the need to define in detail the processes for the Society's elections; these will be implemented from 2020. The Executive Committee (EC) will appoint the Chair of the Election Committee (ELCOM), and for the first time, the Society's members will be engaged in the selection of its members.

Details of the procedures are available here >>

Information about the Election Committee here >>

Governing principles

The definition of procedures allows us to respect the following:

  • The right of the EC to be considered the highest representative organ of the Society
  • The right of the ELCOM to make an independent decision that can't be overruled by the EC
  • The right of the ELCOM to total discretion
  • The right for the EC and ELCOM to have the possibility to an official dialogue on the visions & strategies for the EAS, but in a form that recognizes the independence of the respective committees
  • The right of the Society’s membership base to be involved in determination of the composition of the ELCOM
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