It is an important and vibrant time to be a Trustee of the PSA. The Association is embarking on an exciting new era, guided by a Strategic Plan that will enable us to become the leading British learned society within the social sciences. For example, we have recently purchased a new HQ in Camden, London, and launched an exciting new website. And while none of this would be possible without the diligence of our seven staff members, the Association looks to the Executive Committee for its strategic leadership.

Trustees serve on the Executive Committee – comprising eleven elected and two co-opted Trustees – for a maximum of two three-year terms. This year, three positions are up for election: we are seeking two innovative, creative, fiscally-minded and committed Trustees who will take on an allocated brief once elected; and a Secretary, who will likewise share the dynamism expected of all our trustees, and, ideally, possess experience of senior management and a keen eye for innovative ways to support our members.

The Executive Committee meets around four times a year, at our London HQ. In addition, the Secretary will also join the six-person Senior Leadership Team, which meets in between and in addition to Executive Committee meetings. As such, the roles involve a time commitment that fluctuates throughout the year but is not insignificant, and which necessitate excellent communication skills in between and during formal meetings.

As well as providing strategic leadership to the Association, those elected will become legal trustees of the Association as a charity, and therefore must act in accordance with Charity Commission guidelines. Please see here for information: . Please also remember that you must not act as a trustee if you are disqualified under the Charities Act, including if you:

  • have an unspent conviction for an offence involving dishonesty or deception (such as fraud);
  • are bankrupt or have entered into a formal arrangement (e.g. an individual voluntary arrangement) with a creditor;
  • have been removed as a company director or charity trustee because of wrongdoing.


The timeline for the election is as follows:

  • Call for nominations opens: Wednesday 13 February at 9am GMT.
  • Call for nominations closes: Thursday 25 April at midnight GMT (previously Thursday 18 April).
  • Voting opens: Monday 6 May at 9am GMT.
  • Voting closes: Thursday 23 May at midnight GMT.
  • New trustees’ first Executive Committee: Thursday 27 June to Friday 28 June.


To run, please email with the following information:

  • Your name 
  • Your institutional affiliation (if you have one);
  • The name and email address of a second member who is willing to second your nomination (they may be based at your own institution or elsewhere), whose name as your seconder will be made public on your profile as a candidate;
  • A personal statement (max. 150 words) that will be used within the election publicity as the rationale for why members should vote for you.


You and your nominator may be asked by the PSA office to provide more information to verify your current PSA memberships.


Campaigning rules for candidates:

  • Please keep the election a positive and good-humoured affair. If you happen not to be elected, there will be another election the following year, so please focus on telling others of your possible contributions, rather than other candidates’ weaknesses. 
  • In terms of campaigning techniques, please feel free to canvas to your colleagues, send emails to colleagues in other institutions, and post on social media. If tweeting, please use #PSAelection19.
  • There is a strict budget of £0 for each candidate in the election; in other words, you cannot spend any money on your election, be it to purchase gifts for voters, take out newspaper advertisements, or otherwise.
  • If Specialist Groups wish to highlight individual candidates, they must please highlight every candidate who is a member of their Group when doing so. 


If you have any questions about standing, or the election, please contact the Returning Officer, Paul Tobin, at