Its role is to represent the interests of the global membership and act as the ‘conscience’ of CIPS by influencing and guiding the Global Board of Trustees and holding the Board accountable against our Charter and charitable objectives, values and ethos.
Congress members form a communication channel between the members they represent and the leadership of the Institute. Congress is also the constitutional mechanism for electing 50% of the members of the Global Board of Trustees.
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Congress will have a maximum of 62 seats directly elected by the membership, plus a Chairman elected by Congress members from among the members of the Global Board of Trustees. Seat allocation is based on 6 geographical regions:
- UK (sub-divided into 4 local regions: Three Nations, North of England, Central England, South of England)
- Europe/Middle East
The number of seats per region is proportionate to the number of qualified members in each region. In addition, one student seat has been allocated to each region.
Congress will typically meet twice in each financial year, normally in November and March. The March meeting will be a two-day event, combined with the Institute’s AGM, and will feed into the Institute’s strategy planning cycle.
Membership of Congress will be by open election and the ballot is conducted online. Candidates must be resident in the region they want to represent and students must meet additional eligibility criteria to enable full participation.
The term of office is three years and elections will be held each year to replace one third of the membership in a balanced sequence.
The newly elected members who will join Congress from 1 November 2016 following the recent Congress Elections can be found here.