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Governing Council USA Market seat election

Governing Council USA Market seat election

Our world is rapidly changing around us. Ongoing structural shifts, population growth, urbanisation, climate change, and the digital revolution continue to profoundly impact our profession and society, and more recently accelerated by the impacts of COVID-19. These changes have resulted in altered market, member, and public expectations of RICS.

That’s why we need you to stand up and help guide RICS and the profession through this exciting period by running for Governing Council.

USA Market seat

We are looking for a USA based, RICS-qualified professional (FRICS, MRICS, AssocRICS) to fill the USA Market seat. The USA Market seat is one of 15 market seats on Governing Council, which was recently vacated due to the former seat holder being elected to RICS Senior Vice President. As a global organisation, the market seats help ensure we have a diverse range of voices setting the strategic direction of RICS.

Governing Council is made up of a minimum of 25 seats populated by professionals from across our global regions. In addition to the 15 market seats there are also 6 strategy seats and 4 Office holders, the Chair of Governing Council and the Presidential team.

If you, or someone you know, have the governance experience, market knowledge, commitment and passion needed to help lead our profession, please nominate yourself or put someone forward. Nominations from qualified members (FRICS, MRICS and AssocRICS) based in the USA are now being sought for the USA Market seat and election to that seat will take place in October 2021.

Our changing world needs RICS’ commitment to standards, trust and technical excellence. This is your chance to keep our profession at the heart of the built and natural environment.

 

If you, or someone you know, have the governance experience, market knowledge, commitment and passion needed to help lead our profession, please nominate yourself or put someone forward. Nominations from qualified members (FRICS, MRICS and AssocRICS) based in the USA are now being sought for the USA Market seat and election to that seat will take place in September/October 2021.

Our changing world needs RICS’ commitment to standards, trust and technical excellence. This is your chance to keep our profession at the heart of the built and natural environment.

How to nominate

To ensure impartiality the nominations and voting for the USA Market Seat will take place on the third party partner platform Civica. You can find out more about the nomination process and nominate yourself or someone you know here.

Call for nominations will close at 23:59 PDT August 30 2021/ 02:59 EDT on August 31, 2021. The elections to that seat will then take place in October 2021.

Please note, the elections will also take place on the Civica site. Once the elections are open, all members based in the USA who are eligible to vote will be sent their voter ID number by Civica.

Key dates

  • 23:59 PDT August 30, 2021/ 02:59 EDT August 31, 2021 – Nominations close
  • September 1 - 6 – Route 1: Qualified Election sift
  • September16/17/20 – Route 1: Qualified Election interviews
  • October 4 – Elections open
  • November 1 – Elections close
  • November 18 – Announcement of successful candidate

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • Governing Council is established under the RICS Royal Charter and Bye-Laws and is the top decision-making body, which sets the strategic direction for the organisation as a whole.

    The majority of Governing Council members are elected. Elections for the USA Market seat will be taking place during September and October 2021. RICS Is accepting nominations between 12 July – 9 August 2019.

    Governing Council is composed of 25 members – 15 Market seats, 6 Strategy seats and 4 Officers consisting of the Chair of Governing Council and the Presidential team (President, President-Elect, Senior Vice-President).

    More information on Governing Council

     

  • Ordinarily elections for the Market seat take place every 3 years and elections for the Strategy seats every 4 years.

  • There is one seat available in the 2021 Governing Council elections – the USA Market seat.

  • The election is open to all Fellows (FRICS), Members (MRICS) and Associates (AssocRICS) (collectively referred to as RICS Members in this FAQ document) based in the USA.

    RICS business is conducted in English therefore we ask that RICS Members standing for election are fluent in both written and oral English so as to be able to fully participate in Governing Council.

    Where multiple seats are available for election RICS Members should be aware that no candidate may stand for election to more than one seat on Governing Council.

    Also, as per the Regulations, members who have previously served on Governing Council for 6 years or more cannot seek election for a further term.

    All appointments will be subject to confirmation of satisfactory disciplinary and CPD records, as well as usual due diligence checks. Please see the Guide to membership checks and background screening for more details available in the candidate pack on our independent electoral services provider’s website.

  • Fellows (FRICS) Members (MRICS) and Associates (AssocRICS)) wishing to stand for election must submit a nomination form. Nomination forms need to be completed online. Submit a nomination here.

    Please note nominations are managed through Civica, an independent electoral services provider. Deadline for nominations, including receipt of confirmation from supporters is 23:59 PST on Sunday August 8 / 02:59 EDT on Monday August 09 2021. If there are any issues in completing the nomination form please contact Civica:

    E: alex.davies@cesvotes.com

    T: 020 8365 8909

    A: The Election Centre, 33 Clarendon Road, London, N8 0NW.

    A PDF version of the nomination form can also be found in the candidate pack here.

    RICS Members can choose to follow one of two routes to election Route 1 – Qualified election and Route 2. For more information of routes to election please see: Route 1 / Route 2 to election to Governing Council explained document found in the candidate pack here.

    For candidates opting to follow route 1 they must provide a written nomination statement of up to 500 words which demonstrates:

    • Knowledge and experience of setting strategy with demonstrable positive outcomes.
    • Ability to oversee and where necessary challenge progress towards achieving that strategy.
    • Understanding of effective corporate governance, in particular the management of risks.
    • Ability to ensure that organisations are managed with integrity, probity and sound judgement.
    • Ability to bring deep insight from their own market and apply this insight on behalf of the global profession across all the markets in which RICS is involved.

    All candidates will be required to submit an election statement (250 words) as part of their nomination.

    As part of their nomination form, RICS Members will need to obtain the signed support of 5 other RICS Members based in the geographical market area, in this case, the USA. RICS Members will be asked to provide the details of their 5 supporters (name, email, and membership number). Supporters will be contacted separately to obtain confirmation of their support.

  • RICS* is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and is proud to be an equal opportunities organisation. We have a clear vision to inspire future generations into the profession and showcase its attractiveness to all of society. It is vital that we monitor and analyse diversity information so that we can ensure that our recruitment processes are fair, transparent and promote equality of opportunity for all our Board and Committee members. RICS will ask candidates if they would like to complete the diversity and inclusivity (D&I) monitoring form – this is optional – at nomination stage. A link to this survey will be included on the confirmation page once you have submitted your nomination. once the candidates have submitted a nomination. Your co-operation in providing us with accurate data will help us ensure we design and use policies and processes that attract and retain diverse and talented people. A copy of the D&I monitoring form can be found in the candidate pack here.

    If you choose to complete this form, the information you provide will be collated by our third party supplier, Civica. We have entered into a data processing agreement with Civica to ensure your personal information remains secure and is only processed under instruction of RICS.

    Civica will use the information you provide to gather anonymous statistical data about the make up and diversity of the Governing Council nominees.  This anonymous data will then be shared with RICS so that we can analyse and promote the diversity of the nomination process.  RICS will not be provided with any diversity information which identifies an individual.  The information will not be shared with anybody directly involved in the nomination or election process and will not be used for or influence any assessment of your nomination.  No information will be published which allows any individual to be identified.

    Civica will, on behalf of RICS, hold your responses to the questionnaire securely until the end of the election process after which it will be securely destroyed.  The anonymised statistics they give to RICS, will be held securely and will be used by RICS for as long as it is needed to help us analyse, demonstrate and promote the diversity of the Governing Council and nomination process. 

    Our privacy policy contains more general information on how we secure and manage personal data and your legal rights, see: RICS privacy policy.

  • As part of your application you will be asked to supply details for your 5 nominators in support of your application. This is compulsory and your application will be invalid without these. Your nominators must be either a Fellow (FRICS), Member (MRICS) or an Associate (AssocRICS).

    Your nominators must also be based in the US market.

    Guidance for you and your nominator:

    • You must have sought their consent to act as your nominator prior to listing them in your application.
    • You must advise your nominators that they should expect an email from Civica (independent electoral services provider) who will be writing to confirm that they are happy to act as your nominator.
    • Your nominators MUST reply to the email from Civica to confirm they will act as your nominator. No reply will be taken as they are NOT happy to act as your nominator.
    • We advise that you check with your nominators that they have received the email from Civica. If they have not, please contact Civica immediately on alex.davies@cesvotes.com. Before contacting Civica, please make sure that the email has not been sent to the junk folder.
  • Our world is rapidly changing around us. Population growth, urbanisation, climate change, and the digital revolution are profoundly impacting our profession.

    That is why we need you to stand up and help guide RICS and the profession through this exciting period by running for our Governing Council.

    We are looking for individuals who can demonstrate enthusiasm, ambition and a global outlook as well as knowledge and experience of setting strategy with demonstrable, positive outcomes, and the ability to oversee and where necessary challenge progress towards achieving that strategy.

  • 23:59 PDT August 30, 2021/ 02:59 EDT August 31, 2021

     

  • Candidates will be informed if there is to be a contested election – i.e. there are more candidates than seats available. If there is an equal number of candidates and seats, or fewer candidates than seats, then the candidate(s) is/are elected unopposed.

    Voting will begin on October 4, 2021 and close on November 18, 2021 with the results announced shortly afterwards.

    • 23:59 PDT August 30, 2021/ 02:59 EDT August 31, 2021 – Nominations close
    • September 1 - 6 – Sift (if following Route 1) please see Q.5)
    • September16/17/20 – Interviews (if following Route 1)
    • October 4 – Elections open
    • November 1 – Elections close
    • November 18 – Announcement results
    • Late November – Governing Council Oversight meeting
  • RICS contact the membership using electronic communication – unless members have opted to not receive electronic communications or have not provided a valid email address. If this is the case, RICS will contact you through hard copy communications. RICS will also engage with members through social media channels, including but not limited to LinkedIn and Facebook. The election communications will promote the elections only and not focus on individual candidates to preserve independence ensure all candidates are treated fairly.

    Civica will issue election communications on behalf of RICS. These communications will include individual voter codes to eligible voters only. Civica will only issue communications at the election stage. These communications will issued via email, unless members have opted not to receive electronic communications of provided a valid email address. In instances such as these, Civica will provide hard copy notices. Voters are also able to submit postal votes if this is their preference. Please contact Civica for hard copy voting forms. Civica:

    E: alex.davies@cesvotes.com

    T: 020 8365 8909

    A: The Election Centre, 33 Clarendon Road, London, N8 0NW

    For certain markets, i.e. China and Hong Kong we may opt to contact you by SMS.

     

  • As with previous years, we will publish the overall voter turnout for the elections and each seat, as well as the percentage of votes for the elected candidates. The unelected candidates will be presented in order of votes received but we will not publish their individual percentage.

    Candidates will be given their individual results upon request.

  • The term of office for successful candidates begins on 27 November 2021.  The term of office will be 3 years. There is the possibility of re-election for a second term, subject to a maximum period of service on Governing Council of 6 years.

    Successful candidates will be invited to attend the Governing Council Oversight meeting (November – date TBC ) as observers. This will form part of the induction programme.

  • All appointments will be subject to due diligence checks. Governing Council is the top governing body and its members are required to have clean records. These include:

    • Confirmation of satisfactory disciplinary and CPD records. These will be checked before at nomination stage and again before the election opens. If a candidate has a live CPD/disciplinary sanction on their record they will not be able to stand for election. We advise that you confirm with RICS Regulation that your record is clear of any sanction before applying.
    • Background and screening checks – this is compulsory and a condition of your appointment and will be carried out upon election. These are conducted by Credence (screening agency). Details of these checks can be found here. If any negative records are found, you may be ineligible to be serve as a member of Governing Council. Consent will be requested upon election before checks are conducted. Please see Guide to membership checks and background screening for more details.
  • Governing Council meets twice a year – Strategy meeting (usually May) and Oversight meeting (usually November). These meetings are usually held in person in strategically important markets worldwide, therefore international travel may be required. However, during the recent global pandemic these meetings have been held remotely and will continue in this format until such a time it is safe to travel and meeting in large groups.

    There are monthly calls (excluding May and November, or when the Governing Council meetings are held) that Governing Council members are expected to attend. These are arranged for two sperate dates/times to accommodate the varying time zones of the Governing Council members.

    There may also be the requirement for Governing Council members to attend “Special Meetings”. These are called in addition to the usual meeting schedule to deal with specific urgent matters concerning Governing Council.

    Governing Council also conducts business between meetings through a Virtual Community forum.

    The expected time commitment for successful candidates is approximately 10 days per annum.

    This role is not remunerated, however all reasonable expenses incurred will be paid in accordance with the RICS Expenses Policy. This includes travel and accommodation expenses.

  • More information on the elections and how to complete your nomination form can be found here.

    More information on governance at RICS can be found here.

    More information on Governing Council can be found here.

    You can also get in touch using one of the following methods:

    Queries regarding Governing Council / RICS / role please contact RICS:

    Queries regarding the election process or issues accessing the nomination site / submitting your nomination form please contact Civica: