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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 reached the point where we asked 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, considered and approved the proposed changes to the charter and statutes, which led to us seeking approval of BPS members by holding a vote.

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

There were 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.

Relevant documents

The vote was open for four weeks and closed at noon on Friday 11 February.

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

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

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

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.

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