Governance Panel

Terms Of Reference

  1. Membership of the Governance Panel
    1. The Governance Panel shall comprise three former members of Council of the British Association for Psychopharmacology:
      The Chairman – to be appointed by serving members of the Governance Panel
      2 Ordinary Members – new members to be appointed by serving members of the Panel, after consultation with BAP Council.
    2. On retirement from Council, a minimum of five years must normally elapse before any member is eligible to join the Governance Panel.
    3. Membership of the Governance Panel shall normally be for four years.
    4. Members will not normally be eligible for reappointment as an Ordinary Member of the panel until three years have elapsed.
    5. Nominees for Chairman of the Panel must have served as an Ordinary Member, but not necessarily continuously.
    6. The Chairman of the Governance Panel shall normally serve for a period of not more than three years.
    7. Membership of the Governance Panel is voluntary and carries no legal liabilities.
  2. The purpose of the Governance Panel is to assure members that:
    1. Council is acting effectively in achieving the objects of the Association.
    2. Council’s decisions have been made with due process and in accordance with the regulations laid down by the Memorandum, Articles and Bye-Laws of the Association
    3. Council is providing members with value-for money for their annual subscription.
    4. Council is promoting the professional interests of psychopharmacologists.
  3. Duties of the Governance Panel:
    1. The Governance Panel shall prepare a written report, which will be included on the agenda of the AGM. 
    2. The Governance Panel has the absolute authority to decide on the topics to be included in the annual report.
    3. The Chairman of the Governance Panel may present an oral report at the AGM, if that is requested by the Panel, Council, or other members of the Association.
    4. Members of the Governance Panel will be provided with the Minutes of Council meetings and/or any other documents they need to review in the course of fulfilling their duties.
    5. The panel should first approach the Executive Officer for any additional documents or information.

The Chair of the Governance Panel, or a representative, may attend and speak at all Council meetings but shall not be a member of Council and will not have voting rights.  The Governance Panel members will not be current Directors of the Company or Trustees of the Charity.

Terms of reference approved by BAP Council: November 2015