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IAH Elections for Council Vacancies

Following our sad losses of Devinder Kumar Chadha, Vice President for Asia, and Ralf Klingbeil, Vice President for Science and Programme, we find ourselves with two vacancies on IAH Council. We will therefore be holding elections to fill these vacancies. We now call for nominations for these positions.

All members who have paid their IAH membership fees can stand for election and are entitled to vote. IAH Council has appointed the Executive Manager, Ian Davey, as the Returning Officer, who will supervise the election. Nominations for those who wish to stand for Council are requested by 16 June 2021.


IAH members may be proposed as candidates for Council in two ways: nomination by another member or by recommendation of Council. In each case a proposal must be accompanied by a brief curriculum vitae and a note confirming the candidate is willing to stand for election.

The 2 positions available for election are:

  • Vice President, Programme and Science Coordination, with responsibilities for commissions, networks and promotion of science, internally and externally.
  • Regional Vice President for Asia, who will provide stewardship of IAH interests and coordination of national chapters in a particular region.

A nomination should contain a brief curriculum vitae of the candidate and a letter from the candidate confirming her or his willingness to stand for election. Candidates will be required to formally acknowledge the guidelines of conduct before being accepted for inclusion on the voting list.

Information about the current Council members, their biographies and personal statements can be found at You can also request information about the general responsibilities of Council members and election procedures at

Nominations should be sent to IAH Secretary General Jane Dottridge by 16 June 2021 at and copied to the IAH Secretariat at You may also send nominations to our postal address: IAH, PO Box 4130, Goring, Reading, RG8 6BJ, UK, to arrive by 16 June 2021.

Nominations will be scrutinised and confirmed, and will be published on the IAH website at the beginning of July. Election papers will be distributed by email and by mail from this date. Both postal and electronic voting will close on 16 August 2021.

Members will be informed should alternative arrangements need to be made because of the coronavirus pandemic.

IAH Council

Council is the IAH’s governing body and its members play a critical role in overseeing the running of the Association. IAH is a registered charity and a limited company, and Council members are both trustees of the charity and directors of the company. They have the legal responsibilities that go with these roles, particularly in terms of ensuring the Association’s financial probity.

Council members also have a vital role in developing IAH’s policies and plans, and in overseeing their implementation on behalf of all our members. Much has been achieved under our previous Forward Look strategic plan, which was introduced for a 10-year period in 2010 but remains in place until a successor is published. Council members now have the task to create the new plan, taking account of members’ views, that will build on the previous achievements and ensure IAH’s success during the next decade.

Being a Council member can also help develop further skills, and forge professional relationships and friendships. If you think you could contribute please do consider stepping forward for this role.

The successful candidates will be elected to serve for the remainder of this term, until September 2024, and are eligible to stand again, if they wish to do so, for a further term in these roles.

Council meets once each year, at the IAH Congress. Between these meetings Council members fulfil their other duties, including occasional online meetings.

Some of the more routine activities are delegated to an Executive Committee consisting of the President, the Secretary General, and the Vice Presidents for Finance and Membership, and for Programme and Science. The Executive has additional meetings normally early in the year and mid-year; currently these meetings are taking place online.

Costs for attendance at Council and Executive meetings are covered by the IAH budget, although members are encouraged to make use of other sources of funding that may be available to them, to help conserve funds for other IAH activities.

Regional Vice Presidents may wish to identify Regional Advisors, approved by Council, to look after more local interests of IAH in situations where the region is large and diverse.

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