The Society is governed by a board of Trustees who are responsible for setting the strategy and ensuring that the organisation meets its charitable objectives. The trustees are elected by the entire membership through a ballot conducted each year online. The results are announced at the AGM. Each trustee serves for three years, after which they can seek re-election for a further term. A trustee can serve a maximum of two consecutive terms. As per the Society's Articles of Association, the BSE can have up to three appointed trustee roles. The appointed trustee roles enable the BSE to recruit non clinicians to specific roles with the appropriate specialist skills required to look after the interest of our members, for instance an experienced charity accountant as Finance Trustee to advise on financial matters.
Trustees are supported in their decision making by the wider Advisory Council which consists of co-opted members as well as representatives of professional groups and other organisations. The purpose of the Advisory Council is to ensure the breadth of experience and views across the whole of the Society can be represented and considered. The Advisory Council also facilitates input from other organisations with an interest in echo.
The President and Vice President
The President and Vice President are elected by a ballot of trustees.