BIEN Executive Committee Election 2022

Rules for the election

In order to stand as a candidate, the individual will need to have been a BIEN member for at least a year, will need to say to which post they wish to be elected, and will need to send a picture (suitable for placing on a website) and a personal statement, of a minimum of 200 and a maximum of 500 words, saying why they wish to be elected to that post, mentioning their qualifications and experience relevant to the post and ideas they have about filling it.

Voting will take place at the online General Assembly using the Zoom poll facility. If more than two candidates are standing for any post then a runoff poll will be held between the two candidates with the highest numbers of votes.

The 2022 General Assembly will be held on Wednesday 28th September 2022 at 13:00h British Summer Time (UTC+1).

The window of time to stand for election is now open and closes on the 19th of August. Candidates are encouraged to notify the BIEN EC by the 12th June of their intention to stand by informing the Secretary of the post for which they wish to stand, and to send personal statements and photographs as soon as possible after that.

Enquiries about positions can be made informally to the Chair, Sarath Davala, and BIEN’s Secretary, Diana Bashur.

BIEN is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation registered with the Charity Commission in the United Kingdom. Anyone elected to the EC will need to able and willing to sign the trustee declaration.

The timeline will be as follows:

19th August: final day for receipt of statements of intention to stand, personal statements, and photos. Earlier submission is encouraged. Please write to BIEN’s Secretary, Diana Bashur at:

27th August: The final list of candidates will appear on this webpage.

28th September: Election by secret ballot at the GA, using the Zoom poll facility. If there is only one candidate for any post, then a confirmatory ballot will be held and the person standing for election will be elected if they obtain more than 50% of the votes cast. If more than two candidates stand for any post then a run-off ballot will be held between the two candidates who receive the highest numbers of votes in the first ballot.

Please note that under paragraph 9 (1) (b) of the constitution the Executive Committee has decided not to receive new applications for membership of BIEN at the GA or within a week of the GA.

The following posts will be elected

PositionCandidates standing
News EditorPeter Knight
Social mediaJames Grant
BIEN hubs supervisorNeil Howard
Volunteer CoordinatorPierre Madden
Fundraising Coordinator
A message from the Chair about three of the elections 


Hubs Manager

Dr. Neil Howard

News Editor

Peter Knight

Social Media Manager

James Grant

Volunteer Coordinator

Pierre Madden