Council Elections 2020

Introduction to STEP's Council

Council plays a crucial leadership role within STEP's global governance structure, advising the Board of Directors on all significant matters affecting STEP's membership. In its consultative role, Council oversees the organisational business plan, as well as strategic plans for regional development. Council engages with the Board on key constitutional, professional development and major public policy issues, acting in the best interests of STEP as a whole.

Message from Simon Morgan, STEP Chair

Simon Morgan STEP Chair

‘Help shape the future of our global professional body by getting involved in the 2020 Elections for seats on STEP’s Council. You can help us deliver STEP’s 2020-25 Strategy, growing our markets across the globe, driving thought leadership and launching an exciting new educational offering. We are seeking motivated and talented members to stand for ten Council seats. I urge members to engage in any way possible, be it voting for a candidate, endorsing a candidate or standing as a nominee. So please support us and get involved!’

Available Council Seats 2021

There will be ten vacant seats on Council following the close of the current session on 31 December 2020. Elections for these seats open on 21 September 2020 with the formal issue of notice and continue through until the announcement of the successful candidates at the end of October 2020. New Council members will take up office on 01 January 2021 for a term of three years, usually renewable twice. Elections will take place in the following STEP Council constituencies:

  • Caribbean and Latin America – one seat
  • England and Wales (East) – one seat
  • England and Wales (London Central) – one seat
  • England and Wales (North West) – one seat
  • England and Wales (South) – one seat
  • Continental Europe ex Switzerland – one seat
  • Singapore and Malaysia – one seat
  • Swiss and Liechtenstein Federation – one seat
  • United States – one seat
  • (Canada has one seat subject to election, although this is not run by London head office but by STEP Canada)

Privacy Policy

Read our privacy policy which sets out how STEP will process the personal data of members during the election.

2020 Council Elections Schedule

  • Elections notice issued: 21 September 2020
  • Nomination forms available: 21 September 2020
  • Nomination period opens: 28 September 2020
  • Deadline for receipt of nominations: 09 October 2020
  • In the event of a contest, ballot papers distributed: 16 October 2020
  • Voting period end: 25 October 2020
  • Results announced on STEP website: 30 October 2020

STEP Elections Code

The STEP Elections Code lays down the core principles to which all STEP Elections are required to adhere, as well as the specific procedural detail applied to the conduct of the elections. It also sets out where agreed variations to the Code may occur.

Returning Officer

The external Returning Officer for these Elections is Civica.

How to apply for a Seat

All candidates for Council seats must meet the following minimum eligibility criteria:

  • be a current Full Member of STEP
  • not be an employee of STEP
  • have had a two-year stand-down period after having served their full tenure
  • be prepared to declare their willingness, if elected, to serve and to fulfill the role and commitments as set out in the STEP Council Member Role Description
  • have two supporters who are prepared to endorse their candidacy.

Candidates must complete a nomination form and a 300-word election statement that sets out the candidate's suitability for the role. Nomination forms for each constituency are available in the constituency tabs below, along with all local electoral details, including any additional eligibility criteria.

Completed nomination forms and election statements must be returned electronically to STEP's Elections Team by 23.00h (GMT + 1) on Friday, 09 October 2020 to the elections@step.org inbox.

In the event that the number of nominations received is the same, or fewer than the number of vacancies to be filled, those who have been nominated will be declared elected without the need for a ballot.

Where an Election is Contested

Where there is more than one eligible nominee per vacancy in a constituency, an election will be held. If there is to be a ballot, eligible voters in the constituency will be sent an electronic voting email on Friday, 16 October 2020, giving instructions for voting in the secret ballot. The candidate with the highest number of votes will be elected.

All voters in Council Elections must be current Full Members of STEP, although the composition of the electorate in each constituency may differ.

Please refer to the constituency tabs below for any additional geographic-specific eligibility criteria for voters.

Voting will close at 23.00h (GMT + 1) on Sunday, 25 October 2020.

Declaration of Results

Results of all Elections will be communicated to the candidates firstly, and then subsequently publicly announced and published on the STEP website on or just before Friday, 30 October 2020.

Code of Best Practice

All elected members are subject to the STEP Code of Best Practice for Council and Committee Members, as well as the STEP Elected Members - Acting in STEP's Best Interests Policy

Queries and Complaints

Queries, points of clarity and requests for information in relation to the 2020 STEP Elections should be sent to Zoe Willenbrock, STEP Governance Manager elections@step.org

Where an unsatisfactorily resolved query becomes a complaint, or where a member wishes to lodge a formal complaint that does not fall into the appeals category below, an email should be sent to elections@step.org and marked as 'Formal Complaint' in the email title.

Appeals

Under STEP's Elections Code, an unsuccessful candidate may appeal against a decision of the Returning Officer on the grounds that the decision, or the result of the election was affected by non-compliance with this Code. An Appeal Committee will determine the appeal. Appeals should be clearly marked 'APPEAL' in the email title and sent to elections@step.org

Elections by Council Constituency

Caribbean & Latin America

The Caribbean & Latin America constituency is comprised of the following:

  • STEP Anguilla
  • STEP Bahamas
  • STEP Barbados
  • STEP Belize
  • STEP Bermuda
  • STEP Brazil
  • STEP British Virgin Islands
  • STEP Cayman Islands
  • STEP Colombia
  • STEP Curacao
  • STEP Mexico
  • STEP Nevis
  • STEP Panama
  • STEP South America
  • STEP St Lucia
  • STEP Turks & Caicos

The Regional Committee is comprised of First Representatives and Substitutes from across the constituency branches as elected by members at the AGM.

Caribbean and Latin America has three Council Member seats currently held by Norberto Martins (Brazil), Ivan Hooper (South America) and Alan Milgate (Cayman Islands). Council members must be from different branches within the constituency.

Alan Milgate’s current term of office ends 31 December 2020, although he is eligible to serve a further term of three years.

Vacancy

There is one vacancy for a Council Member to represent Caribbean and Latin America for three years from 1 January 2021.

Who can stand for Election?

A nominee for the vacancy in the Caribbean and Latin America constituency must:

  • be a current Full Member of STEP;
  • not be an employee of STEP
  • be a First Representative or a Substitute on the Regional Committee
  • not be from either Brazil or the South America branches
  • have had a two-year stand-down period after having served their full tenure
  • be prepared to declare their willingness, if elected, to serve, and to fulfil the role and commitments as set out in the STEP Council Member Role Description

Nominations

The nomination form is available here

Any candidate from the Caribbean and Latin America constituency wishing to stand for Council must have their nomination form endorsed by two members of the Caribbean and Latin America Regional Committee, who are also First Representatives. One of these supporters will act as the proposer and one as the seconder.

Candidates must also supply an election statement of no more than 300 words describing their suitability for the role. Full details of what is required is set out within the nomination form itself.

Nomination forms and election statements are to be returned to elections@step.org

The deadline for receipt of nominations is 23.00h (GMT+1) on Friday, 09 October 2020.

Who can Vote in an Election?

In the event of a contested election, all eligible candidates will be submitted for a ballot.

Only the Electoral College made up of Caribbean and Latin America Regional Committee members who are First Representatives may vote in the ballot.

The Elections team at STEP head office in London will circulate ballot papers electronically and the vote will be conducted by secret electronic ballot.

Weighted voting applies in the constituency, so that the vote of each First Representative on the Regional Committee whose branch or chapter has up to 49 Full Members is worth one vote. Where the branch or chapter has between 50 and 99 Full Members, they get two votes. In relation to branches or chapters with between 100 and 149 Full Members, three votes will be awarded. For branches or chapters with 150 Full Members or more, there will be one vote awarded for every 50 Full Members. The number of Full Members is taken as of 1 January 2020. This is set out in the table below:

Branch                 

Number of Full Members

Weight of vote

Anguilla

12

1

Bahamas

294

5

Barbados

49

1

Belize

9

1

Bermuda

146

3

Brazil

93

2

British Virgin Islands

79

2

Cayman Islands

229

4

Colombia

14

1

Curacao

16

1

Mexico

29

1

Nevis

19

1

Panama

51

2

St Lucia

7

1

South America

40

1

Turks & Caicos

21

1


Voting opens at 11.00h (GMT + 1) on Friday, 16 October 2020.

Voting closes at 23.00h (GMT + 1) on Sunday, 25 October 2020.

The candidate who receives the most votes will be elected to the vacancy.

England and Wales (East)

England and Wales is an electorate composed of the following constituencies, which each represent a geographical cluster of branches and chapters:

  • City of London
  • East
  • London Central
  • Midlands
  • North East
  • North West
  • Wales and West
  • South

England and Wales has eight Council seats currently held by Anthony Nixon (South), James von Simson (City of London), Jennie Pratt (East), Richard Frimston (London Central), Laura Banks (Midlands), Amanda Simmonds (North East), Stephen Lawson (North West) and Denese Molyneux (Wales and West).

The England and Wales (East) constituency is composed of the following:

  • STEP Bed, Bucks & Herts
  • STEP Cambridge
  • STEP Essex
  • STEP Norwich & Norfolk
  • STEP Suffolk & North Essex

Jennie Pratt’s current term of office expires 31 December 2020.  She is not eligible to restand.

Vacancy

There is one vacant England and Wales Council seat representing the East Constituency on the STEP Council, for three years from 1 January 2021. 

Who can stand for Election?

A nominee for the vacancy must:

  • belong to one of the branches within the East constituency (noted above)
  • be a current Full Member of STEP
  • not be an employee of STEP
  • be willing to attend all three meetings of the England and Wales Regional Committee in addition to the three meetings of STEP's Council
  • have had a two-year stand-down period after having served their full tenure
  • be prepared to declare their willingness, if elected, to serve, and to fulfil the role and commitments as set out in the STEP Council Member Role Description

Nominations

The nomination form is available here

Any candidate from the East constituency wishing to serve on the STEP Council and must have their nomination form endorsed by two Full Members of STEP who currently belong to a Branch within the East Constituency. One of these supporters will act as the proposer and one as the seconder.

Candidates must also supply an election statement of no more than 300 words describing their suitability for the role. Full details of what is required is set out within the nomination form itself.

Nomination forms and election statements are to be returned by email to elections@step.org

The deadline for receipt of nominations is 23.00h (GMT+1) on Friday, 09 October 2020.

Who can Vote in an Election?

In the event of a contested election, all eligible candidates will be submitted for a ballot.

All Full Members belonging to a Branch within the England & Wales East constituency may vote in the ballot.

The Elections Team at STEP headquarters in London will circulate ballot papers electronically and the vote will be conducted by secret electronic ballot.

Voting opens at 11.00h (GMT + 1) on Friday, 16 October 2020.

Voting closes at 23.00h (GMT + 1) on Sunday, 25 October 2020.

The candidate who receives the most votes will be elected to the vacancy.

England and Wales (London Central)

England and Wales is an electorate composed of the following constituencies, which each represent a geographical cluster of branches and chapters:

  • City of London
  • East
  • London Central
  • Midlands
  • North East
  • North West
  • Wales and West
  • South

England and Wales has eight Council seats currently held by Anthony Nixon (South), James von Simson (City of London), Jennie Pratt (East), Richard Frimston (London Central), Laura Banks (Midlands), Amanda Simmonds (North East), Stephen Lawson (North West) and Denese Molyneux (Wales and West).

Richard Frimston’s (London Central) current term of office ends 31 December 2020, although he is eligible to serve a further term of three years.

Vacancy

There is one vacant England and Wales Council seat representing London Central on the STEP Council, for three years from 1 January 2021.

Who can stand for Election?

A nominee for the vacancy must:

  • belong to the STEP London Central Branch
  • be a current Full Member of STEP
  • not be an employee of STEP
  • be willing to attend all three meetings of the England and Wales Regional Committee in addition to the three meetings of STEP's Council
  • have had a two-year stand-down period after having served their full tenure
  • be prepared to declare their willingness, if elected, to serve, and to fulfil the role and commitments as set out in the STEP Council Member Role Description

Nominations

The nomination form is available here

Any candidate from STEP London Central wishing to serve on the STEP Council must have their nomination form endorsed by two Full Members of the STEP London Central branch. One of these supporters will act as the proposer and one as the seconder.

Candidates must also supply an election statement of no more than 300 words describing their suitability for the role. Full details of what is required is set out within the nomination form itself.

Nomination forms and election statements are to be returned by email to elections@step.org

The deadline for receipt of nominations is 23.00h (GMT+1) on Friday, 09 October 2020.

Who can Vote in an Election?

In the event of a contested election, all eligible candidates will be submitted for a ballot.

All Full Members belonging to the STEP London Central branch may vote in the ballot.

The Elections Team at STEP head office in London will circulate ballot papers electronically and the vote will be conducted by secret electronic ballot.

Voting opens at 11.00h (GMT + 1) on Friday, 16 October 2020.

Voting closes at 23.00h (GMT + 1) on Sunday, 25 October 2020.

The candidate who receives the most votes will be elected to the vacancy.

England and Wales (North West)

England and Wales is an electorate composed of the following constituencies, which each represent a geographical cluster of branches and chapters:

  • City of London
  • East
  • London Central
  • Midlands
  • North East
  • North West
  • Wales and West
  • South

England and Wales has eight Council seats currently held by Anthony Nixon (South), James von Simson (City of London), Jennie Pratt (East), Richard Frimston (London Central), Laura Banks (Midlands), Amanda Simmonds (North East), Stephen Lawson (North West) and Denese Molyneux (Wales and West).

The England and Wales North West constituency is composed of the following:

  • STEP Cheshire
  • STEP Lakes & Lancashire
  • STEP Liverpool
  • STEP Manchester

Stephen Lawson’s current term of office expires 31 December 2020.  He is not eligible to restand.

Vacancy

There is one vacant England and Wales Council seat representing the North West constituency on the STEP Council, for three years from 1 January 2021.

Who can stand for Election?

A nominee for the vacancy must:

  • belong to one of the Branches within the North West constituency (noted above)
  • be a current Full Member of STEP
  • not be an employee of STEP
  • be willing to attend all three meetings of the England and Wales Regional Committee in addition to the three meetings of STEP's Council
  • have had a two-year stand-down period after having served their full tenure
  • be prepared to declare their willingness, if elected, to serve, and to fulfil the role and commitments as set out in the STEP Council Member Role Description

Nominations

The nomination form is available here

Any candidate from the North West constituency wishing to serve on the STEP Council must have their nomination form endorsed by two Full Members of STEP who currently belong to a Branch within the North West Constituency. One of these supporters will act as the proposer and one as the seconder.

Candidates must also supply an election statement of no more than 300 words describing their suitability for the role. Full details of what is required is set out within the nomination form itself.

Nomination forms and election statements are to be returned by email to elections@step.org

The deadline for receipt of nominations is 23.00h (GMT+1) on Friday, 09 October 2020.

Who can Vote in an Election?

In the event of a contested election, all eligible candidates will be submitted for a ballot.

All Full Members belonging to a Branch within the North West constituency may vote in the ballot.

The Elections Team at STEP headquarters in London will circulate ballot papers electronically and the vote will be conducted by secret electronic ballot.

Voting opens at 11.00h (GMT + 1) on Friday, 16 October 2020.

Voting closes at 23.00h (GMT + 1) on Sunday, 25 October 2020.

The candidate who receives the most votes will be elected to the vacancy.

England & Wales (South)

England and Wales is an electorate composed of the following constituencies, which each represent a geographical cluster of branches and chapters:

  • City of London
  • East
  • London Central
  • Midlands
  • North East
  • North West
  • Wales and West
  • South

England and Wales has eight Council seats currently held by Anthony Nixon (South), James von Simson (City of London), Jennie Pratt (East), Richard Frimston (London Central), Laura Banks (Midlands), Amanda Simmonds (North East), Stephen Lawson (North West) and Denese Molyneux (Wales and West).

The England and Wales South constituency is composed of the following:

  • STEP Bournemouth
  • STEP Central Southern
  • STEP Surrey
  • STEP Sussex
  • STEP Kent

Anthony Nixon’s current term of office ends 31 December 2020, creating a vacancy for this seat.

Vacancy

There is one vacant England and Wales Council seat representing the South Constituency on the STEP Council, for three years from 1 January 2021.

Who can stand for Election?

A nominee for the vacancy must:

  • belong to one of the Branches within the South constituency (noted above)
  • be a current Full Member of STEP
  • not be an employee of STEP
  • be willing to attend all three meetings of the England and Wales Regional Committee in addition to the three meetings of STEP's Council
  • have had a two-year stand-down period after having served their full tenure
  • be prepared to declare their willingness, if elected, to serve, and to fulfil the role and commitments as set out in the STEP Council Member Role Description

Nominations

The nomination form is available here

Any candidate from the South constituency wishing to serve on the STEP Council must have their nomination form endorsed by two Full Members of STEP who currently belong to a Branch within the South constituency. One of these supporters will act as the proposer and one as the seconder.

Candidates must also supply an election statement of no more than 300 words describing their suitability for the role. Full details of what is required is set out within the nomination form itself.

Nomination forms and election statements are to be returned by email to elections@step.org

The deadline for receipt of nominations is 23.00h (GMT+1) on Friday, 09 October 2020.

Who can Vote in an Election?

In the event of a contested election, all eligible candidates will be submitted for a ballot.

All Full Members belonging to a Branch within the South constituency may vote in the ballot.

The Elections Team at STEP head office in London will circulate ballot papers electronically and the vote will be conducted by secret electronic ballot.

Voting opens at 11.00h (GMT + 1) on Friday, 16 October 2020.

Voting closes at 23.00h (GMT + 1) on Sunday, 25 October 2020.

The candidate who receives the most votes will be elected to the vacancy.

Elections to the England and Wales Regional Committee

At the same time that Elections are taking place for the vacant England and Wales seats on STEP's Council, elections will be conducted to fill the four vacant non-Council facing seats on the England and Wales Regional Committee itself. These are set out below.

1. England and Wales (East)

The England and Wales (East) constituency is composed of the following:

  • STEP Bed, Bucks & Herts
  • STEP Cambridge
  • STEP Essex
  • STEP Norwich & Norfolk
  • STEP Suffolk & North Essex

Vacancy

There is one England and Wales seat representing the East constituency. The Regional Committee Member is Patrick Murrin whose current term of office expires 31 December 2020, although he is eligible to stand for a further term of three years.

Who can stand for Election?

A nominee for the vacancy must:

Nominations

The nomination form is available here

Any candidate wishing to represent the East constituency on the England and Wales Regional Committee must have their nomination form endorsed by two Full Members from the East constituency. One of these supporters will act as the proposer and one as the seconder.

Candidates must also supply an election statement of no more than 300 words describing their suitability for the role. Full details of what is required is set out within the nomination form itself.

Nomination forms and election statements are to be returned by email to elections@step.org

The deadline for receipt of nominations is 23.00h (GMT + 1) on Friday, 09 October 2020.

Who can Vote in an Election?

In the event of a contested election, all eligible candidates will be submitted for a ballot.

All Full Members belonging to a branch within the East constituency may vote in the ballot.

The Elections Team at STEP headquarters in London will circulate ballot papers electronically and the vote will be conducted by secret electronic ballot.

Voting opens at 11.00h (GMT + 1) on Friday, 16 October 2020.

Voting closes at 23.00h (GMT + 1) on Sunday, 25 October 2020.

The candidate who receives the most votes will be elected to the vacancy.


2. England and Wales (London Central)

The England and Wales London Central constituency is composed of a single branch.

There is one England and Wales seat representing the London Central constituency. The Regional Committee Member is Rita Bhargava whose current term of office expires 31 December 2020.  She is not eligible to restand.

Vacancy

There is one vacant seat representing the England and Wales London Central constituency on the Regional Committee, for three years from 1 January 2021.

Who can stand for Election?

A nominee for the vacancy must:

Nominations

The nomination form is available here

Any candidate wishing to represent the London Central constituency on the England and Wales Regional Committee must have their nomination form endorsed by two Full Members from the STEP London Central branch. One of these supporters will act as the proposer and one as the seconder.

Candidates must also supply an election statement of no more than 300 words describing their suitability for the role. Full details of what is required is set out within the nomination form itself.

Nomination forms and election statements are to be returned by email to elections@step.org

The deadline for receipt of nominations is 23.00h (GMT + 1) on Friday, 09 October 2020.

Who can Vote in an Election?

In the event of a contested election, all eligible candidates will be submitted for a ballot.

All Full Members belonging to the STEP London Central branch may vote in the ballot.

The Elections Team at STEP head office in London will circulate ballot papers electronically and the vote will be conducted by secret electronic ballot.

Voting opens at 11.00h (GMT + 1) on Friday, 16 October 2020.

Voting closes at 23.00h (GMT + 1) on Sunday, 25 October 2020.

The candidate who receives the most votes will be elected to the vacancy.


3. England and Wales (North West)

The England and Wales North West constituency is composed of the following:

  • STEP Cheshire
  • STEP Lakes and Lancashire
  • STEP Liverpool
  • STEP Manchester

Vacancy

There is one vacant seat representing the North West constituency on the England and Wales Regional Committee. The co-opted Regional Committee member is Nina Sperring whose co-option ends 31 December 2020. The term of office will be three years from 01 January 2021.

Who can stand for election?

A nominee for the vacancy must:

Nominations

The nomination form is available here

Any candidate wishing to represent the North West constituency on the England and Wales Regional Committee must have their nomination form endorsed by two Full Members from the North West constituency. One of these supporters will act as the proposer and one as the seconder.

Candidates must also supply an election statement of no more than 300 words describing their suitability for the role. Full details of what is required is set out within the nomination form itself.

Nomination forms and election statements are to be returned by email to elections@step.org

The deadline for receipt of nominations is 23.00h (GMT + 1) on Friday, 09 October 2020.

Who can Vote in an Election?

In the event of a contested election, all eligible candidates will be submitted for a ballot.

All Full Members belonging to a branch within the North West constituency may vote in the ballot.

The Elections Team at STEP head office in London will circulate ballot papers electronically and the vote will be conducted by secret electronic ballot.

Voting opens at 11.00h (GMT + 1) on Friday, 16 October 2020.

Voting closes at 23.00h (GMT + 1) on Sunday, 25 October 2020.

The candidate who receives the most votes will be elected to the vacancy.


4. England and Wales (South)

The England and Wales South constituency is composed of the following:

  • STEP Bournemouth
  • STEP Central Southern
  • STEP Surrey
  • STEP Sussex
  • STEP Kent

Vacancy

There is one vacant seat representing the North West constituency on the England and Wales Regional Committee. The co-opted Regional Committee member is Laura Walkley whose co-option ends 31 December 2020.The term is for three years from 01 January 2021.

Who can stand for election?

A nominee for the vacancy must:

Nominations

The nomination form is available here

Any candidate wishing to represent the South constituency on the England and Wales Regional Committee must have their nomination form endorsed by two Full Members from the South constituency. One of these supporters will act as the proposer and one as the seconder.

Candidates must also supply an election statement of no more than 300 words describing their suitability for the role. Full details of what is required is set out within the nomination form itself.

Nomination forms and election statements are to be returned by email to elections@step.org

The deadline for receipt of nominations is 23.00h (GMT + 1) on Friday, 09 October 2020.

Who can Vote in an Election?

In the event of a contested election, all eligible candidates will be submitted for a ballot.

All Full Members belonging to a branch within to the South constituency may vote in the ballot.

The Elections Team at STEP head office in London will circulate ballot papers electronically and the vote will be conducted by secret electronic ballot.

Voting opens at 11.00h (GMT + 1) on Friday, 16 October 2020.

Voting closes at 23.00h (GMT + 1) on Sunday, 25 October 2020.

The candidate who receives the most votes will be elected to the vacancy.

Continental Europe ex Switzerland

The Continental Europe ex Switzerland constituency is comprised of the following:

  • STEP Austria
  • STEP Benelux
  • STEP Cyprus
  • STEP Germany
  • STEP Gibraltar
  • STEP Hungary
  • STEP Israel
  • STEP Italy
  • STEP Malta
  • STEP Monaco
  • STEP Spain

The Continental Europe ex Switzerland constituency has two Council Member seats currently held by Maurizio Cohen (Monaco) and Panicos Loizou (Cyprus). Council members must be from different branches within the constituency.

Panicos Loizou’s current term of office ends 31 December 2020.

Vacancy

There is one vacancy for a Council Member to represent the Continental Europe ex Switzerland constituency for three years from 1 January 2021.

Who can stand for Election?

A nominee for the vacancy in the Europe constituency must:

  • Belong to one of the branches or chapters within the Continental Europe ex Switzerland constituency
  • Not belong to the STEP Monaco branch
  • be a current Full Member of STEP
  • not be an employee of STEP
  • have had a two-year stand-down period after having served their full tenure
  • be prepared to declare their willingness, if elected, to serve, and to fulfill the role and commitments as set out in the STEP Council Member Role Description

Nominations

The nomination form is available here

Any candidate from the Continental Europe ex Switzerland constituency wishing to stand for Council must have their nomination form endorsed by two Branch Chairs from the Regional Committee. One of these supporters will act as the proposer and one as the seconder.

Candidates must also supply an election statement of no more than 300 words describing their suitability for the role. Full details of what is required is set out within the nomination form itself.

Nomination forms and election statements are to be returned to elections@step.org

The deadline for receipt of nominations is 23.00h (GMT+1) on Friday, 09 October 2020.

Who can Vote in an Election?

In the event of a contested election, all eligible candidates will be submitted for a ballot.

All Branch or Chapter Chairs on the Regional Committee may vote.

The Elections team at STEP head office in London will circulate ballot papers electronically and the vote will be conducted by secret electronic ballot.

Weighted voting applies in the constituency, so that the vote of each Branch or Chapter Chair whose entity has more than 100 members gets two votes and each Chair whose entity has from 1 to 100 members gets one vote. The number of Full Members is taken as of 1 January 2020. This is set out in the table below:

Branch

Number of Full Members

Weight of vote

Austria

37

1

Benelux

115

2

Cyprus

139

2

Germany

49

1

Gibraltar

70

1

Hungary 

14

1

Israel

86

1

Italy

151

2

Malta

71

1

Monaco

85

1

Spain

18

1

Voting opens at 11.00h (GMT + 1) on Friday, 16 October 2020.

Voting closes at 23.00h (GMT + 1) on Sunday, 25 October 2020.

The candidate who receives the most votes will be elected to the vacancy.

Singapore and Malaysia

The Singapore and Malaysia constituency is composed of the following:

  • STEP Singapore
  • STEP Malaysia

The Singapore and Malaysia constituency has one Council seat currently held by Heng Yen Lionel Choi (Singapore) whose current term of office expires 31 December 2020.

Vacancy

There is one vacancy for a Council Member to represent the Singapore and Malaysia constituency for a term of three years, from 1 January 2021.

Who can stand for Election?

A nominee for the vacancy must:

  • be a current Full Member of STEP
  • not be an employee of STEP
  • be a current or former member of the Singapore or Malaysia branch committee
  • have served at least one full term on the Singapore or Malaysia branch committee at any time in the 60 months preceding the deadline of 9 October 2020 for the submission of nominations
  • have had a two-year stand-down period after having served their full tenure
  • be prepared to declare their willingness, if elected, to serve, and to fulfill the role and commitments as set out in the STEP Council Member Role Description

Nominations

The nomination form is available here

Any candidate from the Singapore and Malaysia constituency wishing to stand for Council must have their nomination form endorsed by five Full Members who must belong to either the STEP Singapore or the STEP Malaysia branch. One of these supporters will act as the proposer and one as the seconder.

Candidates must also supply an election statement of no more than 300 words describing their suitability for the role. Full details of what is required is set out within the nomination form itself.

Nomination forms and election statements are to be returned by email to elections@step.org

The deadline for receipt of nominations is 23.00h (GMT + 1) on Friday 09 October 2020.

Who can Vote in an Election?

In the event of a contested election, all eligible candidates will be submitted for a ballot.

All Full Members belonging to the Singapore and Malaysia constituency may vote in the ballot.

The Elections Team at STEP head office in London will circulate ballot papers electronically and the vote will be conducted by secret electronic ballot.

Voting opens at 11.00h (GMT + 1) on Friday, 16 October 2020.

Voting closes at 23.00h (GMT + 1) on Sunday, 25 October 2020.

The candidate who receives the most votes will be elected to the vacancy.

Swiss and Liechtenstein Federation

The Swiss and Liechtenstein STEP Federation constituency is composed of the following:

  • STEP Geneva
  • STEP Lausanne
  • STEP Basel
  • STEP Zurich
  • STEP Vaduz
  • STEP Lugano
  • STEP Lucerne/Zug

The Swiss and Liechtenstein Federation has two Council seats currently held by Stephanie Jarrett (Geneva) and Felicity Keller (Zurich). Felicity Keller’s current term of office ends 31 December 2020, although she is eligible to stand for a further term of three years.

Vacancy

There is one vacancy for a Council Member to represent the Swiss and Liechtenstein Federation for a term of three years, from 1 January 2021.

Who can stand for Election?

A nominee for the vacancy must:

  • be a current Full Member of STEP;
  • not be an employee of STEP
  • belong to a branch within the Swiss and Liechtenstein Federation
  • have had a two-year stand-down period after having served their full tenure
  • be prepared to declare their willingness, if elected, to serve, and to fulfill the role and commitments as set out in the STEP Council Member Role Description

Nominations

The nomination form is available here

Any candidate from the Swiss and Liechtenstein Federation wishing to stand for Council must have their nomination form endorsed by two Branch Chairs within the Swiss and Liechtenstein Federation. One of these supporters will act as the proposer and one as the seconder.

Candidates must also supply an election statement of no more than 300 words describing their suitability for the role. Full details of what is required is set out within the nomination form itself.

Nomination forms and election statements are to be returned by email to elections@step.org

The deadline for receipt of nominations is 23.00h (GMT + 1) on Friday 09 October 2020.

Who can Vote in an Election?

In the event of a contested election, all eligible candidates will be submitted for a ballot.

Only an electoral college made up of Branch Chairs within the Swiss and Liechtenstein Federation may vote in the ballot.

The Elections Team at STEP headquarters in London will circulate ballot papers electronically and the vote will be conducted by secret electronic ballot.

Voting opens at 11.00h (GMT + 1) on Friday, 16 October 2020.

Voting closes at 23.00h (GMT + 1) on Sunday, 25 October 2020.

The candidate who receives the most votes will be elected to the vacancy.

United States

The United States constituency is composed of the following:

  • STEP Boston
  • STEP Chicago
  • STEP Gold Coast Florida
  • STEP Los Angeles
  • STEP Miami
  • STEP Mid-Atlantic
  • STEP Nevada
  • STEP New York
  • STEP Orange County
  • STEP San Diego
  • STEP San Francisco
  • STEP Seattle
  • STEP Silicon Valley
  • STEP Southwest Florida
  • STEP St Louis
  • STEP Texas
  • STEP Wyoming

The United States has two Council seats currently held by Katharine Davidson (Los Angeles) and Stanley Barg (Mid Atlantic). Stanley Barg’s current term of office expires 31 December 2020, although he is eligible to stand for a further term of three years.

Vacancy

There is one vacancy for a Council Member to represent the United States for a term of three years, from 1 January 2021.

Who can stand for Election?

A nominee for the vacancy must:

  • be a current Full Member of STEP;
  • not be an employee of STEP
  • belong to a branch or chapter within the United States constituency
  • have had a two-year stand-down period after having served their full tenure
  • be prepared to declare their willingness, if elected, to serve, and to fulfill the role and commitments as set out in the STEP Council Member Role Description

Nominations

The nomination form is available here

Any candidate from the United States constituency wishing to stand for Council must have their nomination form endorsed by two Full Members belonging to a branch or chapter within the United States constituency. One of these supporters will act as the proposer and one as the seconder.

Candidates must also supply an election statement of no more than 300 words describing their suitability for the role. Full details of what is required is set out within the nomination form itself.

Nomination forms and election statements are to be returned by email to elections@step.org

The deadline for receipt of nominations is 23.00h (GMT + 1) on Friday 09 October 2020.

Who can Vote in an Election?

In the event of a contested election, all eligible candidates will be submitted for a ballot.

All Full Members belonging to a branch or chapter within the United States constituency may vote in the ballot.

The Elections Team at STEP headquarters in London will circulate ballot papers electronically and the vote will be conducted by secret electronic ballot.

Voting opens at 11.00h (GMT + 1) on Friday, 16 October 2020.

Voting closes at 23.00h (GMT + 1) on Sunday, 25 October 2020.

The candidate who receives the most votes will be elected to the vacancy.