BAPO Constitution

Revised 2020

  1. TITLE 
    1. The Association shall be known as the British Association for Paediatric Otorhinolaryngology. 
  2. AIMS 
    1. To promote all aspects of paediatric otorhinolaryngology. 
    2. To hold meetings at which those interested in paediatric otorhinolaryngology may meet, discuss clinical practice and present clinical and research papers. 
    3. To take an overall interest in the development of paediatric otorhinolaryngology in Great Britain, with special reference to the needs of those in training. 
    4. To provide advice on paediatric otorhinolaryngology to the BAO-HNS and other organisations and bodies. 
    5. To liase with similar organisations in Europe and worldwide. 
    1.  Full membership is open to medically qualified professionals in Great Britain with an interest in paediatric otorhinolaryngology. 
    2. Associate membership is open to health care professionals in Great Britain with non-medical qualifications who have a similar interest in paediatric otorhinolaryngology. 
    3. Overseas membership is open to those with an interest in paediatric otorhinolaryngology, who reside abroad. 
    4. New members should complete membership application and banking details and forward these to the honorary secretary. No sponsorship is required. Membership is subject to approval by Council.
    5. Any member may introduce guests to a meeting. There is a limit of two guests per member at any one meeting. 
    6. The subscription will be fixed at the AGM and will be the same for full, associate and overseas members. The subscriptions are payable before March 1st annually, and may be changed by a two-thirds majority of full members attending an Annual General or Extraordinary Meeting of the Association. 
    1. Membership of Council shall consist of the following Full Members holding specialist accreditation: 
      1. The Chairman: the Chairman of the Council is also the President of the Association. 
      2. The Past President and the President-elect.
      3. Secretary: the Honorary Secretary will also act as Association Treasurer. 
      4. Other Members: no less than four and no more than eight full members. 
      5. One Trainee representative, not holding specialist accreditation, who will liase with the Association of Otolaryngologists in Training and represent trainee matters. 
      6. Members can be co-opted to serve on Council as required. 
      7. A quorum of four members, including one executive officer, shall be required for Council meetings. 
      8. The President and Secretary are the executive officers of the Association. 
    2. Election of Council 
      1. The Council shall be elected by Full members at the Annual General Meeting. 
      2. Nominations from a Full Member, seconded by a Full Member must be received by the Secretary, in writing, before the specified closing date, normally four weeks prior to the Annual General Meeting. 
    3. Terms of Office 
      1. The Chairman/President shall normally serve for four years, and be eligible for re-election for a further two years. 
      2.  The Secretary/Treasurer shall normally serve for four years, and be eligible for re-election for a further four-year term. 
      3. Council Members shall normally serve for two years, and be eligible for re-election for up to two further two-year terms.
      4. The Chairman and Council Members shall not be re-elected within two years. 
      5. The Trainee representative shall serve for a period of one year and not be eligible for re-election as a trainee representative. However, he/she will be eligible to stand for Council election within two years, if specialist accreditation has been achieved.
    1.  The annual meeting shall consist of a concise Annual General Meeting and a scientific programme. 
    2. The Annual General Meeting shall present the Associations accounts, elect new officers to the Council and report on the business of the Association. 
    3. The content of the scientific programme shall be the responsibility of the Council. 
    4. The venue and date of the Annual General Meeting will be agreed by Council and approved at the AGM. 
    5. Other meetings may be convened by Council at times other than the Annual General Meeting. Council may also arrange academic meetings at other times than the Annual General Meeting. 
    6. An Extraordinary General Meeting may be called by thirty of the Full Members of the Association, or by a majority of Council Members. 
    1. The constitution may be changed by a two-thirds majority of Full Members attending an Annual or Extraordinary General Meeting. 
    2. Proposed changes to the Constitution will be notified to Full Members, in writing, generally with four weeks advance notice.