A quick guide to the RCPCH governance reforms

The RCPCH governance reforms come into force on 1 November 2016.

What does the reforms mean in practice?

RCPCH has created a new Board of Trustees with 12 members. Two bodies report directly to the new Board of Trustees: a reconstituted Council that no longer has a Trustee role, and the existing RCPCH Executive Committee. The Executive Committee as at present will be responsible for delivering RCPCH strategy. The RCPCH retains the requirement to hold General Meetings at least annually to which all members will be invited.  

The new Board of Trustees comprises the following 12 posts:

  • An independent Chair
  • The RCPCH President, Registrar, and Treasurer, elected/appointed from the membership as presently
  • Three non-member Trustees appointed for skills relevant to charity governance; for instance with high-level experience in charity finance and legal work
  • Four Trustees appointed from the RCPCH membership, on the basis of interviews against a person specification
  • One post to represent RCPCH beneficiaries, i.e. infants, children and young people.

The new Council is chaired by the President, and will include representation from the English regions, the devolved nations, and demographic sections of RCPCH members (trainees, SAS doctors, academics, and senior members). The new Council will has 21 members.