SEB Trustee Elections

14 May 2020 - By: SEB


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·      The Society for Experimental Biology is seeking nominations for Trustees.

·      The Society for Experimental Biology is a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee. As a Trustee you will sit on the Trustee Board, known as the SEB Council, and will be a Director of the Company.

The Society for Experimental Biology welcomes nominations from members for the position of Outreach, Education and Diversity Trustee. 

This Trustee position replaces the SEB+ Section Chair position that has recently been vacant. The position will become available in July 2020.

The job description is available at the link:

Outreach, Education and Diversity Trustee

If you would like to nominate yourself or someone you know please complete the Trustee application form attached.

If only one nomination is received for the position then that candidate will be offered for formal election to the Council unopposed. 

The Society is very grateful to Professor Shaun Killen, Dr Stefan Kepinski and Professor David Evans for serving respectively as interim animal, plant and cell Section Chairs during the last year; they have been integral to the work on the development  of the SEB Strategy 2020 – 2025.  We are appreciative for all their work on behalf of the membership.

The Society is delighted to announce that they are all willing to serve on a permanent full-term basis and will therefore put their names forward for the respective positions.

Although we very much hope you will support the current incumbents to remain in post the Articles of Association require the Society to undertake a formal election process for these posts, including a call for nominations to the membership.

The job descriptions for these posts are available at:

·      Animal Section Chair Trustee 

·      Plant Section Chair Trustee 

·      Cell Section Chair Trustee 

If you would like to nominate yourself or someone you know for any of the positions please complete the Trustee application form attached.

If only one nomination is received for any of the above positions then that candidate will be offered for formal election to the Council unopposed. 

An election process will be instigated if more than one nomination is received for any of the positions.


Professor Martin Parry has served the Society as the Publications Officer for the past eight years. He has done an excellent job overseeing the Society’s five journals, including the launch of two new journals (Conservation Physiology and Plant Direct) during that period.

The Society has recently introduced a Publications Management Committee and as part of the SEB Strategy 2020 -2025 has agreed the strategy to enhance the Society’s journals and strengthen the links between the journals and the Society; Professor Parry  has been pivotal to this work and the SEB Council and Executive would like to see him serve a further four year term to drive forward the implementation of the publications strategy for the Society.

As such, the Council is seeking your permission to appoint Professor Martin Parry for a third term as the Publications Officer.

To comply with Company’s Act regulations the SEB Council is required to issue a special resolution to the membership. Further details on this will be issued after the closing date for nominations for the other Trustee positions.


About the Council:
The SEB Council serves as the Trustee Board for the Society. The SEB is both a charity and a company limited by guarantee.  As a member of Council you will be a trustee of the charity and a director of the company.

Eligibility of candidates:
A candidate for election to Council must be a member of the Society in the Student, Early Career, Scientist, Full or Retired Class of membership and a natural person aged 16 years or older. 

Candidates will not be eligible for election if he or she would be disqualified for any of the following reasons:

2.1     he/she is subject to a bankruptcy order or interim order or he/she has made any arrangement or composition with his creditors;

2.2    he/she is suffering from mental disorder;

2.3    he/she  is disqualified from acting as a trustee under any statute or is prohibited by law from holding office;

2.4    he/she is directly or indirectly interested in any proposed or actual transaction or arrangement with the Society and fails to declare the nature and extent of his interest as required by section 177 of the Companies Act 2006. 

As a Trustee you will be expected to declare all and any conflicts of interest and complete the Charity Commission for England & wales Trustee Eligibility Declaration.

Eligibility to nominate:
All members of the Society are eligible to nominate individuals for all vacant Council positions.

Eligibility to vote
All members of the Society are eligible to vote in any elections arising in the appointment of the Trustees (for the vacancies arising in 2020.)



24th April 2020                     Announcement of vacant Trustee positions and call for                                                                           nominations/applications.

15th May 2020                      Closing date of nominations/applications

29th May 2020                      If required, the election process will begin. Voting will be open for 3                                                       weeks
                                             Instructions on Special Resolution issued to the membership

19th June 2020                     Voting closes

30th June 2020                     Special Meeting (virtual)

1st July 2020                         Announcement of successful applicants for Trustee positions 2020

9th July                                   (Virtual) SEB Council meeting.
                                               Trustee terms begin.    

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