Why we’ve realigned the Basic Science Task Force

Patrick Myers Domain Chair, Acquired Cardiac Disease

It has been a privilege to have Jan Ankersmit from the Medical University in Vienna to chair the Basic Science Task Force for some time now. He’s done a phenomenal job but had too many responsibilities at his home institution to continue chairing this task force. With Jan’s departure we took the opportunity to look again at the Basic Science Task Force and recruited a group of diverse clinicians and scientists involved in basic research to join. We also asked Juan Grau, Director of Cardiothoracic Surgery at The Valley Heart and Vascular Institute in the US, to chair it.

Among the initiatives that we have considered is a different way of integrating basic science with all the other areas that EACTS covers. For example, at the Annual Meeting each task force would usually develop its own focus and abstract sessions, and that would be the same for basic science. Although basic science can be very interesting for practising clinical surgeons, it’s often not hugely relevant to their practice and perhaps not as interesting to them as other content that they are able to engage with at the Annual Meeting. So that was something we had to think about – a lot of work goes into those basic science session, so how do we generate more interest? Linked to this, we have been seeing that the basic science that underpins interventional procedures such as TAVI and so on is crucial – the basic science of the valves and the bio engineering is vital to the development of new devices and treatments, and therefore important to the future of both specialties.

As a result, we have been working hard with Juan Grau to re-energise the approach to basic science. The outcome is that we have now basic science sessions at this year’s Annual Meeting that are integrated into the wider scientific programme. For example, a session on transcatheter valves will also look at the basic science of the valves and their application, what we know about them and what can we expect from them.

We have seen that our colleagues from cardiology are increasingly interested in this sort of approach and I think that many other EACTS members will also welcome it. Having taken this big step to integrate it with the wider programme, I feel basic science will now become much more visible and much more approachable to the practising surgeon, whatever their speciality.

Juan Grau, Chair, Basic Science Task Force

What does basic sciences do for cardiothoracic surgery? In general, I would summarise it as the following: it brings objectivity. The experimental method does not have a personality, it doesn’t have an agenda. Either things work or they don’t work. Your experiments are going to tell you whether you were correct in assuming that this is the mechanism or technique you thought it would be. Given the world that we live in today, that objectivity is crucial.

As a scientist and as a surgeon, clinical medicine is very clear. You do an operation, everything works well, and the patient walks out of hospital in better shape. Now how can you improve that? How can you make it less invasive, how can you make it more effective, how can you make it more streamlined? For that you will have to use the tools of basic science, meaning you will have to create an experiment, devise a method, test it, validate it and then implement it. These fundamental tenets of research and investigations are in general very healthy. It is a healthy reminder for all us clinicians to see and understand the bar that we have to meet. And we do have to meet that bar, and even exceed it, if we want our breakthrough interventions to become mainstream.

This is why we need to keep analysing the information and the science. Lately we have had significant issues with major clinical trials where the results were somewhat confusing or debatable. This happened because the statistical methods changed or some of the definitions were altered during the course of the trial. In the light of that, what an understanding of not only basic research but also statistical methodology gives you is the ability to be analytical and to have good judgement about the information that is being fed to you and what it is telling you.

So that is how I would describe basic science. It brings objectivity to medicine, which can sometimes feel as much of an art as a science, and it tells us what is really happening and why.

For me, this happens regularly. I can send specimens sent to my PhD students that I believe are putting us on the perfect path. But then they come back and tell me the specimens are not good enough. That is the beginning of objectivity, because you think you’re going to obtain particular results about particular issues and then you are told otherwise.

How many other areas of life can deliver that level of objectivity, telling you with certainty that something is wrong or not good enough and needs to be better? This is what my PhD students do regularly, they practise basic science, and it keeps me very grounded.

Examiner opportunities: Applications now open

EACTS members have an exciting opportunity to join the world-leading European Board of Cardiothoracic Surgery (EBCTS). EBCTS is seeking applications from EACTS members to join as examiners and support the delivery of excellent, reproducible and respected examinations.

Applicants can join as Level 1 or Level 2 examiners in Adult Cardiac, Congenital or Thoracic Surgery and all examiners will undergo professional training in assessment science, question writing, examination evaluation and examiner standards and behaviour.

Level 1 examiner opportunities offer an excellent starting point for those wishing to become involved in professional examinations by constructing questions for the MCQ Level 1 Membership examination. While Level 2 examiner opportunities offer applicants already experienced in participating in local, national or international examinations the opportunity to become involved in the oral Fellowship examinations.

More information on the qualifications required to become a Level 1 or 2 examiner can be found below.

Qualifications, skills and experience required for Level 1 examiner applicants:

  1. Must be a current member of EACTS and for the duration of their appointment as an EBCTS examiner
  2. Should be in a specialist post or within the last year of specialist training
  3. Must have successfully taken the EBCTS, American Board of Thoracic Surgery (ABTS), FEBTCS or other recognised national specialty examination (or completed the EBCTS Level 1 exam since 2017)
  4. Should have previous examining experience (undergraduate or postgraduate) or formal assessment experience
  5. Should have teaching experience and training at undergraduate or postgraduate level
  6. Should be committed to continuing professional development and research as demonstrated by presentations and publications
  7. Should conduct themselves professionally and demonstrate a commitment to the development of the examination while showing a willingness to find time to write questions and attend training/assessment sessions.


Please note: these posts are for an initial duration of three years with potential for a further three years at the recommendation of EBCTS. There will be an appraisal after two years which will determine the period of continuation. Examiners will be expected to produce a minimum number of questions per annum to remain an examiner.

Qualifications, skills and experience required for Level 2 examiner applicants:

  1. Must be a current member of EACTS and for the duration of their appointment as an EBCTS Examiner
  2. Must have held a substantive and active position as a specialist for a minimum of 5 years and within the last two years for retired surgeons
  3. Must have successfully taken the EBCTS (since 2013), ABTS or other recognised national specialty examination or the previous FEBTCS / FETCVS (EACTS examination prior to 2012)
  4. Must have significant previous examining experience (undergraduate or postgraduate) or formal trainee assessment experience
  5. Must have experience in teaching and training at undergraduate or postgraduate level
  6. Should be able to demonstrate specialist knowledge in areas of interest to the European Board of Cardiothoracic Surgery
  7. Should have a commitment to continuing professional development and research as demonstrated by presentations and publications
  8. Must be able to demonstrate high professional standards, courtesy, fairness and non-discrimination by submission of a Structured Reference
  9. Should conduct themselves professionally and demonstrate a commitment to the development of the examination while honouring commitments to writing questions, attending examinations (at least every 2 years) and training/assessment sessions – by submission of a signed declaration on the application form.


Please note: these posts are for an initial duration of three years with a potential for a further three years at the recommendation of EBCTS. There will be an appraisal after two years which will determine the period of continuation.


The Chairman of the Board, Professor Stephen Clark welcomes informal enquiries and can be contacted at [email protected].


Board Member Opportunity: European Board of Cardiothoracic Surgery

EACTS is currently accepting expressions of interest from qualified applicants for a Board Member position on the European Board of Cardiothoracic Surgery (EBCTS).

The European Board of Cardiothoracic Surgery (EBCTS) is committed to raising standards through assessment and is looking to recruit a new Board member to progress this work.

The EBCTS has greatly expanded its influence after a period of examination development and revision. EBCTS’ examination now comprises two distinct and high-quality components and several European countries have adopted the level 1 examination as their training exit exam, illustrating the importance and quality of EBCTS examinations.

EBCTS Board members oversee and direct the EBCTS and have a number of responsibilities, including:

  • Assisting the EBCTS Chairman in conjunction with the EACTS Council and the executive committee of the EBCTS
  • Developing and delivering EBCTS examinations
  • Working supportively and collaboratively with the EBCTS administrative team to further professionalise EBCTS
  • Contributing to developing regulations and defined processes
  • Travelling to regular EBCTS board meetings
  • Helping to disseminate the work done by the EBCTS and the outcomes of examinations
  • Participating in EBCTS Board meetings
  • Participating in EBCTS examination preparation and delivery.


Applicants must be EACTS members and currently practicing as an active cardiovascular or thoracic surgeon while holding an academic appointment with the following skills and experience:

  • Significant experience in training and surgical education at national or international level
  • Evidence of a strong professional reputation in the field of Cardiothoracic Surgery with a track record of working with peers in a positive, constructive and supportive manner
  • Previous involvement with the Level 1 or 2 EBCTS examinations
  • Experience of EACTS Academy involvement as a teacher (desirable).


Applicants are expected to complete a three-year term. Completion of the third year will be dependent on the satisfactory completion of the first two years.

Expressions of interest, including a CV and letter of motivation should be submitted to Amanda Cameron at [email protected] and Prof. Stephen Clark, Chairman of the Board at [email protected]

The new EACTS Chief Executive, in his own words

A firm foundation, and now it’s time to build…

EACTS’ new Chief Executive is Brendan Eley. He has a long track record in corporate governance and is bringing all his experience and expertise to the task of building an even brighter future for EACTS. Here, in his own words, he talks about his appointment and his immediate priorities.

“I am a lifelong voluntary sector worker with a strong background in relationships and governance. I’ve been the Chief Executive of a medical research charity for over 15 years, and that experience now finds me supporting EACTS in the same role. I’m passionate about the voluntary sector, about bringing high-quality, efficient, mission-led management, leadership and governance to good causes. I think the voluntary and public sectors demand and deserve that level of professionalism as much as anywhere else.

“I’ve been involved with EACTS now for nearly three years as a consultant. I’ve been to the Annual Meeting, I’ve attended the Council meetings and I undertook a major governance review in 2019. I thrive in organisations such as EACTS that are small in terms of structure but large in terms of breadth, reach and influence. That’s a credit to the people who work here and to the power of all the surgeons who volunteer their time to support the work of EACTS.

“You don’t need to be a cardiothoracic surgeon to be chief executive of EACTS. But you do need to know how to run an organisation, employ good governance and processes, put in place strong structures, have a clear strategy and know what is needed to achieve the agreed plan. EACTS has a firm foundation, and now it’s time to build on that and help drive the organisation forward, even further.

“I think most members and people associated with EACTS will welcome change. Post-Covid, we have to get ready for the new world, which means looking at the future of EACTS with an increasingly strategic perception. Where does the organisation want to be in the next ten years? It’s in a good position with its many members, our Annual Meeting, education programme and publications. Now we have to take all those jewels and make the most of them in a way that fits the future EACTS wants to see.

“My main priority is to look at our relationship with members and what we offer you. We need to review what we’re giving you, how we are communicating with you, and to genuinely put the members at the heart of everything that EACTS does. That will include looking at the Academy and the courses, and making sure that we are offering a compelling programme of exciting, meaningful and professional courses that remains the envy of the world.

“We have world-beating registries, courses and journals, and we need to ensure they serve the needs of surgeons in pursuit of the best outcomes for their patients. All those resources should have reach and impact, and be driven with the same self-sustaining mission of ultimately improving patient outcomes. I’m sure that every EACTS member would agree.

“We need to refocus on our relationships and partnerships with other associations. There is safety and impact in numbers. We are a global leader and I think we have a responsibility to play our part alongside all the other cardiothoracic and cardiology associations around the world.

“The power of EACTS is that we have a high-quality, committed team in Windsor and we have resources. We’re in a position where we can set out our stall for the next ten years and say, right, what are the priorities in the cardiothoracic world, what’s EACTS role? Then we need to start doing things. Such as professionalising, in the sense of reporting back to the members what our intentions are, how we’re doing it, how we’re getting on with it and what impact we’re having. We need to communicate and report on that more frequently for the membership.

“The Annual Meeting is EACTS’ crown jewel. It’s where our educational offering and our global role as a catalyst for thinking bring the key people together. It’s our shop window and we have an international reputation for this quality programme. When people come and interact with EACTS face to face and they see the excitement, the buzz, the quality, and they want to be part of that.

“A core partner for EACTS is industry. Although we want to stay true to an unfettered, unconflicted relationship, and we will never compromise on that, we know that industry is an important partner. So, looking ahead, developing, building and growing those relationships will be absolutely key for us.

“EACTS is in a position of strength, with membership growing significantly. From my perspective, I would like to see us grow the EACTS offering and membership base in other parts of the world, such as the Far East, Africa, Asia, South America. We have strong relationships there that we can build on, and I think EACTS has to get its message out there as wide as possible and to promote quality, purely with the intention of pursuing better cardiothoracic outcomes throughout the world.”

Francis Fontan Fund Fellowships: Open for Applications Now

Francis Fontan Fund Fellowships: Open for Applications Now until mid-end Sep 2021

Fellowship scheme
EACTS members can now apply for a prestigious Francis Fontan Fund Fellowship. A wide variety of Fellowship schemes are available to members around the world with the aim of supporting surgical education, fostering professional development and strengthening the global cardiothoracic community through increased knowledge share.

The Fellowship programme offers unique career opportunities across a range of cardio and thoracic surgical experiences, with access to world-class courses, residential training in both European and American centres of excellence and clinical proctorship with surgical leaders. The Fund represents a vital part of the EACTS’ educational offering.

Professor Rafael Sádaba, EACTS Secretary General & Chairman of the Francis Fontan Fund, says: “The Fund’s mission is to create a global community sharing and learning from the highest standards of cardiothoracic care. Our Fellows are given the tools to establish life-saving new techniques in their institution and to emerge with skills, techniques and supportive professional networks that they could not have gained in any other way.”

The Fund offers three categories of Fellowship: Research, Leadership and Education. Research Fellowships offer experienced cardiothoracic surgeons a placement in cardiothoracic research, whilst Leadership Fellowships enable candidates to attend specialist courses and a placement in a clinic specialised in a specific area of cardiothoracic surgery. Education Fellowships offer candidates early in their surgical career foundation knowledge in a specific aspect of cardiothoracic surgery.

There are four Fellowship programmes that are now open for EACTS member to apply. Please note the application deadlines below, it is essential that you do not submit a late submission.

1. TSF/FFF International Travelling Fellowship 2022

Application Deadline: 15 Sep 2021

The European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery and The Society of Thoracic Surgeons have collaborated to offer the TSF/FFF International Travelling Fellowship. This new Fellowship offers young faculty surgeons an exciting opportunity to travelto America and learn from surgeons dedicated to the highest standards of cardiothoracic care.

Click here for further information and to apply.

2. EACTS-MSTCVS Quality and Outcomes Fellowship 2022

Application Deadline: 29 Sep 2021

This Fellowship provides an in-depth understanding of cardiothoracic surgical outcomes with one of the world’s leading quality improvement teams, based in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Click here for further information and to apply.

3. Off-Pump Coronary Artery Bypass Fellowship 2022

Application Deadline: 29 Sep 2021

Available to newly graduated cardiothoracic surgeons from around the world, this Fellowship offers an educational opportunity to enhance clinical understanding and acquire theoretical and practical knowledge in the surgical management of patients with coronary artery disease.

Click here for further information and to apply

4. Advanced Intensive Postoperative Care 2022

Application Deadline: 29 Sep 2021

This Fellowships offers an opportunity to gain experience in the postoperative management in adult cardiovascular surgery, as well as a wide exposure to minimally invasive and other advanced techniques in cardiovascular surgery.

Click here for further information and to apply.

EACTS is saddened by the loss of Hans Huysmans on 25 August 2021.

Hans Huysmans (1933-2021) 

EACTS is saddened by the loss of Hans Huysmans on 25 August 2021. Professor Hans Huysmans was one of the founding fathers of our Association. 

Hans was born into a family of doctors and started his career in general surgery. As a general surgeon he performed thoracic and also some cardiac procedures. He was then appointed as a professor of cardiothoracic surgery in Utrecht, the Netherlands. This was in the early days of heart surgery and our specialty was struggling to become a discipline that was independent of general surgery. In 1979 Hans switched to Leiden University where he was appointed as Gerard Brom’s successor. Professor Huysmans remained head of the department of cardiothoracic surgery in Leiden until 1998. 

Hans Huysmans has contributed much of his energy to the development of cardiothoracic surgery as an independent specialty, not only in his home country but also at a European level. Apart from being one of the founding members he was EACTS president from 1989-1990. Hans worked particularly hard to create a robust training programme for EACTS. The European Board of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery (EBTCS) was founded in 1995 and is now a well-respected training programme with examinations in all different subspecialties of cardiothoracic surgery. 

Personally, I was accepted by him as a trainee in cardiothoracic surgery in Leiden, something that I have never regretted. Hans Huysmans was a technically gifted and universal surgeon with an endless patience for his residents. He supported his trainees as much as he could and was always friendly. Until the very end Hans continued to show a keen interest in our specialty. We will miss him and wish Anne-Marie and his family our sincere condolences and best wishes. 

Mark Hazekamp, President, EACTS 

Guidelines for the management of valvular heart disease

31 August 2021

The European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (EACTS) and European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Guidelines for the management of valvular heart disease were published online in the European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery on Saturday 28th of August 2021.

EACTS is proud of this collaborative joint guideline, including all members of the Heart Team. A discussion within the Heart Team should be the basis of all treatment decisions. This recommendation should be discussed with the patient, who can then make an informed decision.

We recognise there is considerable interest in the use of age cut-offs to assist in the choice of intervention for aortic stenosis. The evidence favours SAVR in some patients, TAVI in others, and either mode of intervention can be used for those in between. The Heart Team discussion is central in the care of these patients, and the guideline (table 6) details the clinical, anatomical and procedural factors that influence the choice of treatment modality for an individual patient.

Randomised controlled trials comparing SAVR to TAVI have included patients based on estimated risk, not age, and there has been no evidence of interaction between age and outcomes. Life expectancy for an individual patient is difficult to estimate; it varies widely across the world and is dependent on absolute age, sex, frailty, and the presence of comorbidities. Age was chosen as surrogate, considering the interplay between estimated life expectancy and prosthetic heart valve durability.

Despite the lack of evidence for age in determining intervention modality, it has been used in several other recent recommendations. The 2017 ESC/EACTS valvular heart disease guidelines already proposed an age limit of 75 as cut-off (in table 7). The ACC/AHA 2020 guidelines recommend TAVR >80, SAVR <65 and a Heart Team discussion for patients in between. The German Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery Associations’ consensus statement proposes SAVR for low-risk patients ≤70, TAVI for patients ≥75, and a Heart Team discussion for patients in between. The age cut-offs agreed-upon in the ESC/EACTS guidelines can be considered conservative in comparison and were the subject of intense and constructive discussions. As there are no new data regarding age since the 2017 ESC/EACTS guideline, the same age of 75 years was used as in the previous iteration.

The guidelines have advanced other areas. Increased experience and procedural safety have led to expanded indications toward earlier surgery in asymptomatic patients with aortic stenosis, aortic regurgitation and mitral regurgitation. Furthermore, these joint guidelines inaugurated the contribution of a methodology group. We are encouraged to expand the use of this group to all guidelines and putting into place an open process, with independent review of the evidence using validated tools such as the GRADE system, and avoiding conflicts of interest.

We look forward to a continuing fruitful collaboration on these joint guidelines with our colleagues from ESC, advancing a common European perspective on the evidence. These guidelines should be a living document, updated as new data is made available with longer follow-up, particularly in the low-risk trials.

A video summary of advances in these guidelines can be seen on ESC TV (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gb85wvcbWBs), as well as the live session at ESC Congress (for registered users: https://bit.ly/3DuIQCC). A session with Heart Team members of the Taskforce will provide insight during the 35th EACTS Annual Meeting in Barcelona on October 14th

Rafael Sádaba, EACTS Secretary General

Friedhelm Beyersdorf, Chair of the EACTS Task Force for the ESC/EACTS Guidelines on Heart Valve Disease

Vacancy – Publications Director

Circa £50,000pa full-time, permanent

EACTS, Windsor, UK.

The European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery is Europe’s largest and leading membership Society for surgeons, perfusionists and health care professionals involved in cardiothoracic care and treatments. We are active in more than 50 countries worldwide and boast an engaged membership of 4,000.

Over the coming years, we will be growing the reach, impact and influence of the Association globally and our publications portfolio is a key element in our planning.  We now wish to appoint our first Publications Director to be responsible for the operational activities and strategic development of our two world-leading journals, the EJCTS and the ICTVS.

This role is ideally suited for an ambitious and strategic professional with a meticulous eye for detail. You will have at least a working knowledge of one of the major journal submissions systems such as Editorial Manager or ScholarOne and enjoy excellent time-management, communication and interpersonal skills.  A salary of circa £50,000 plus pension and benefits and a central Windsor based office location are on offer for the ideal candidate with remote, flexible working considered.


Please click on the link below to download the full Candidate Brief including Job Description.

Applications should consist of a full CV and a supporting letter, which should address key aspects of the responsibilities outlined here and the candidate’s personal suitability for the role.

Completed applications should be emailed to:  [email protected]
Closing date for applications: 24 September 2021
The appointment will be made subject to satisfactory references.

Highest ever Impact Factor for EACTS journals

13 July 2021

EACTS journals achieved their highest ever Impact Factors in 2020, according to new data published this July by global analytics firm Clarivate. 

The Impact Factor (IF) is a metric that represents the average number of citations in a particular year for articles published in the two previous years. It is an established indicator of the importance or rank of a journal.  

 Rafa Sadaba, EACTS’ Secretary General, said: “We are delighted that our journals have reached their highest ever Impact Factors. This achievement reflects the quality of their scientific content and our authors’ significant influence on advances in cardiothoracic surgery. 

“We hope these journals will have an even greater impact in the future. I encourage surgeons to submit their papers to our journals so that we can continue to advance our collective expertise and improve outcomes for patients.”  

EJCTS’ 2020 Impact Factor is 4.191, a substantial increase from 3.486 in 2019.  The 2020 Impact Factor for ICVTS is 1.905, up from 1.675 last year.  

  • European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery is a subscription journal.  As a member of EACTS you will automatically have full access to all content.
  • Interactive CardioVascular and Thoracic Surgery is now Open Access and is free to read without a subscription.
  • More information on EACTS journals is here



2 July 2021


The Council (also known as the Board of Trustees) is the governing, decision-making body of EACTS.  The Council is made up of up to 15 members who each serve for set terms, in different capacities, acting at all times in the best interests of the Association, our members and ultimately the patients that we serve. Council meets at least four times a year and some members of Council may also serve other Committees or Domains that meet more frequently.

Each Councillor will serve a set term (normally of up to three years) and each year a number of new Councillors are appointed as the terms of current Councillors come to an end. Councillors to be appointed must complete a process of Nomination (detailed below), selection and eventually, ‘election’ by the members at the General Assembly in October 2021.

Vacant Council Positions 2021

This year the following positions* on Council are to be filled.  A job description for each position is available by clicking on the title;

Vice President

Secretary General

Thoracic Disease Domain Chair

Congenital Disease Domain Chair

Councillor at large

The Process of Nomination and Selection

To ensure as fair and transparent a process as possible, EACTS Regulations (part of our governing document) stipulate that a Nominations Committee be established to oversee the Nomination and Selection process.  This year, the Committee is made up as follows;

  • Senior Past President; Marian Zembala (Chairman)
  • Past President: Ruggero De Paulis
  • Immediate Past President: Peter Licht
  • President: Mark Hazekamp
  • Secretary General: Rafa Sádaba

Any EACTS member can nominate a fellow member for a specified role on Council (there is no limit to the number of nominations a member can make). For avoidance of doubt, current Councillors, Domain and Task Force members may nominate, but members of the Nominations Committee may not.

In making a nomination, the person making the nomination must write a letter of support that includes;

  • a summary of the contribution that the person being nominated has made to his/her professional field,
  • the contribution made to the work of EACTS more broadly by the person being nominated, and
  • the skills and experiences the person being nominated will bring to Council and the specific role under consideration.

The person making the nomination should send a digital form of this letter, with a brief Curriculum Vitae of the person being nominated, to the Chair of the Nominations Committee via the dedicated EACTS e-mail address [email protected]

The closing date for Nominations is 6pm (CET) Friday 6 August 2021.

The Nominations Committee will consider all applications before making a recommendation to the EACTS Council.  Council will make the final decision as to those to be formally presented for election at the EACTS General Assembly on 15 October 2021 (Barcelona).  Those who have nominated candidates will be informed of the outcome of this decision before 15 October and those members to be nominated will also be contacted before the General Assembly voting process.


Secretary General

It is most likely that interviews will be held for nominees short-listed by the Nominations Committee for the Secretary General role. These interviews will take place, via Zoom, between 30 August and 10 September 2021.

The member elected to the role of Secretary General will spend one year shadowing the current Secretary General before taking up the post of Secretary General in October 2022.  The Secretary General term is for three years (beginning October 2022), renewable for up to a further two terms of three years (10 years in total).


Vice President

The Vice President will be elected in October 2021 with a view to becoming President in October 2022 and serving a final year on Council as Immediate Past President from October 2023.

*In October 2021, two other Councillor positions will also stand for election; the Honorary Treasurer and the Councillor at large (International Representative).  In June 2021, Council co-opted Mr Mark Whiteling to the role of Honorary Treasurer and Mark will stand for election in October 2021. Councillor at large (International Representative) is a role filled through invitation, by Council, to a representative of a sister Association (usually STS). Therefore, nominations will not be considered for these two roles.