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Member Vote 2022

Over the past four years, we’ve been working alongside our members to look at ways to modernise our member grades and reform our governance structures.

After in-depth consultation, we’re now at the point where we are asking our members to support these reforms by voting to make some important changes to our charter, statutes and rules.

Because we have a royal charter, these changes have to be approved by the Privy Council.

The Privy Council’s advisors, who include the Charity Commission, have considered and approved the proposed changes to the charter and statutes, and we are now seeking approval of BPS members by holding a vote.

This vote then has to be ratified at a Special General Meeting, which must be held in person, on Thursday 17 February 2022.

Subject to approval by members, we will seek approval from the Privy Council.

Why do we want to amend our charter, statutes, and rules?

There are four resolutions for members to vote on.

You can also read an explanatory document which outlines the recommended proposals, as well as the rationale for them, and also highlights changes from the 2019 proposals to now which reflect further levels of modernisation needed for the society to modernise and to be future-proofed.

The information provided here will help you consider the various changes to ensure you are informed sufficiently to vote.

Relevant documents

The vote will be open for four weeks and will close at noon on Friday 11 February.

The result will be announced on Thursday 17 February 2022 at a physical Special General Meeting, which will take place at the British Psychological Society, 48 Princess Road East, Leicester, LE1 7DR.

The Notice of Special General Meeting has been published in The Psychologist.

The Special General Meeting will be specifically for the announcement of the vote only.

All other business falls under the Annual General Meeting in July 2022.

If the member vote is successful, the final submission of the Charter and Statutes goes before Her Majesty’s Privy Council in March 2022.

Implementation of the changes will come into place in line with the transitional arrangements in a phased way with the proposed governance changes, with member grades starting to be rolled-out from June 2022 onwards.

The online vote opens on Wednesday 12 January and closes at noon on Friday 11 February.

All members who are eligible to vote will receive an individual voting code via email from 10 January onwards.

Our partners Mi-Voice, who also manage our elections’ process, are managing the vote on our behalf.

Ready to vote?

Can’t locate your individual voting code?


Have a question?

  • If you have any questions about the proposals, please get in touch
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