Why not submit your nomination to be a PSA trustee by 09 March 2021?

Never has the PSA community needed greater minds to serve as Trustees of our association! In what remain challenging times, the PSA continues with its journey to excellence, sustainability, diversity and growth as the leading learned society in our discipline. This builds on the considerable achievements of the PSA staff and its board of trustees in this past year of turmoil and uncertainty for many. And while none of this would be possible without the drive and diligence of our Chief Executive, Michelle Doyle Wildman and her excellent staff team, the association looks to the Executive Committee of Trustees to provide them with strategic leadership and support.

Trustees serve on the Executive Committee for a maximum of two three-year terms. This year, we are looking to elect to three positions:

  • Honorary Treasurer
  • Two trustees

These positions are open to all academic members.

The Executive Committee meets around four times a year at our London HQ in Camden, once in-person meetings resume. Meetings are currently taking place virtually to allow us to do business through the pandemic. As such, the roles involve a time commitment in between meetings that fluctuates throughout the year but is not insignificant.

The role of Honorary Treasurer is clearly prestigious and as an ‘officer’ involves overseeing the association’s finances in detail. A detailed description of the role is given in our bye-laws which can be found here.

Trustees of the PSA have a chance to shape the organisation’s strategy and hence achieve more for our 1800+ members. It's an opportunity for you to develop your skills, broaden your networks and make your contribution to improving the PSA as well as providing an opportunity to give something back to the discipline and support others in their endeavours.

You can find out more about our trustees and governance here.

All 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 more information.

The timeline for nominations and the election is as follows:

  • Call for nominations opens: Thursday 4 February 
  • Call for nominations closes: Tuesday 9 March
  • Voting opens (if required): Tuesday 16 March 
  • Voting closes: Thursday 8 April 
  • New trustees’ first Executive Committee: Friday 11 June 2021.


You will be given training and support in carrying out this important and fulfilling role.

To run, please email nominations@psa.ac.uk with the following information:

  • Your name; 
  • Your institutional affiliation (if you have one);
  • Your PSA academic membership type (eg  general, ECN);
  • The name and email address of a seconder for your nomination, who is also a PSA member (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 any election publicity as the rationale for why members should vote for you and what skills and experience you have that will make you a great trustee;
  • A headshot photograph to go alongside your personal statement. 

You and your nominator may be asked by the PSA office to provide more information to verify that  PSA membership is in good standing.

 If an election takes place, please note the following 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 next 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 your colleagues and post on social media. If tweeting, please use #PSAelection20.
  • 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. 

We look forward to receiving your nomination.

If you have any questions about standing or the election, please contact the Returning Officer, PSA Honorary Secretary,  Fiona Mackay (F.S.MacKay@ed.ac.uk)