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Thumbs up Institute and Faculty Council elections 2012: likely to be healthily contested

After many years where there the number of candidates was either equal to the number of places, or very slightly exceeded it, it appears (subject to confirmation that all nominations are in order) that this year's elections to Institute and Faculty Council will be keenly contested, which I for one am delighted about:

I believe it is much healthier to have contested elections and that we will have a more vibrant Council, and hence professional body, as a result.

I am again standing, for the General constituency (the equivalent of the Institute pre merger, the equivalent of the Faculty pre merger is the Scottish constituency).
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How do these different constituencies work?
The Scottish constituency corresponds broadly to the pre-merger Faculty, whereas the General constituency corresponds broadly to the pre-merger Institute.

Members can belong to only one constituency.

There is a Rule specifying under what conditions a member may choose to belong to the Scottish constituency (e.g. if there were a member of the Faculty at the time of the merger, or elect to join the Scottish constituency at a time when their home address or their normal place of business is in Scotland, or on first becoming a voting member they elect to join the Scottish constituency and at any time during their prior membership of the Institute and Faculty they had a home address or their normal place of business in Scotland). Members can cease to be members of the Scottish constituency if they so elect. Such members may only resume membership of the Scottish constituency if they meet the above criteria for membership.

Until 2014 inclusive, the number of seats on Council is in the proportion 2 to 1 for General v Scottish constituency, in fact is specified as 20 to 10 seats. Thereafter, the number of seats for the Scottish constituency falls gradually from the current 10 to 6 by 2021 (with the General constituency seats being then 24, so that the total remains 30). In 2025 the number of seats is to be adjusted so as to be proportional to the number of members in each constituency.
(These rules were drawn up to protect the interests of former Faculty members in the merger).

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Hmm, interesting setup.
If the US societies ever did merge (looking unlikely, I know), then you might have something similar between the CAS and SOA ...
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If the US societies ever did merge (looking unlikely, I know), then you might have something similar between the CAS and SOA ...
Yeah, I was thinking something like that.

The issue with the proffered merger last year was that there was nothing like this sort of protection of CAS members' power offered. It's kind of difficult to pretend it's a merger of equals when one group is noticeably larger than the other.

I actually think a merger would be nice, but it would need to be on terms that make it attractive to all parties involved. Alas, given recent events, I imagine any such thing is off the table for a good long while.
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Default Now confirmed: election WILL be hotly contested

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12 candidates for 6 places in General Constituency
7 candidates for 3 places in Scottish Constituency

1 candidate for General Constituency must have either dropped out, or have had their nomination deemed invalid, because I was informed 13 candidates for 6 places on Gen. const. yesterday.
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Default List of candidates for 2012 election now published

From http://www.actuaries.org.uk/about-us...ection-update:

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The deadline for receipt of nomination forms to stand for election to Council closed on Monday 21 May 2012.

Scottish Constituency

There are 3 vacancies to be filled and 7 candidates submitted nomination forms to stand for election. In alphabetical order, the candidates are:

Douglas Anderson
Stewart Gray
Donald Macleod
Alan Rubenstein
Andrew Sinclair
Suzanne Vaughan
Feifei Zhang
General Constituency

There are 6 vacancies to be filled and 12 candidates submitted nomination forms to stand for election. In alphabetical order, the candidates are:

Tim Birse
Martin Clarke
Deborah Cooper
Helen Davies
Huw Evans
Patrick Lee
Derek Newton
Brian Nimmo
Edwin Sheaf
Stuart Shepley
Peter Tompkins
Elliot Varnell

Voting papers will be issued by the Electorial Reform Society next week to members eligible to vote (Fellows, Associates and Honorary Fellows). Votes must be received by 16.00 BST on 20 June 2012. The results will be announced at the Annual General Meeting on Monday 25 June 2012 to be held from 4.30 pm at Staple Inn, London.
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Default Am told reason for lots of candidates is publicity drive

I'm informed that the reason why we have a healthy crop of candidates standing this year is that the Institute and Faculty has had a publicity drive to persuade people to consider standing. (I hadn't noticed, but perhaps it was targeted at a particular group, e.g. actuaries working for larger firms, or who qualified 5-15 years ago...)
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