Mental Capacity Global SIG Steering Committee Elections 2023-24

A number of vacancies have arisen on the Mental Capacity Global Special Interest Group (SIG) Steering Committee and they are now accepting applications to fill these vacancies and bring the committee to its full complement of twelve members: 

  • One vacancy is the result of a committee member's concluding term of Committee service
  • Two vacancies are posts up for re-election.

The STEP Worldwide Board and SIG Committee's wish is for the composition of the Steering Committee to be geographically diverse and to reflect the make-up of the SIG's global membership, following guidance outlined in the Global SIG Terms of Reference. For this reason, applicants from from Canada, Continental Europe, the Caribbean, Latin America, South Africa and the United States are encouraged (although applications from all jurisdictions are invited). Candidates are encouraged to highlight relevant experience in their personal statement and professional experience; there is no rigid model as to what a committee member should be like and we welcome members from a range of backgrounds and identities to bring different perspectives. Fundamental is, demonstrable experience and expertise, or an expressed interest, in the special interest group’s field of focus.

If you wish to stand for one of the steering committee positions, then please complete the application form below and submit to [email protected] with the subject line: ‘Mental Capacity SIG Steering Committee Application-[INSERT CANDIDATE NAME]'. Applications must be received no later than 11:59pm London, UK (GMT+1) on Saturday 30 September 2023.

In submitting an application, please ensure that you read the Global SIG Terms of Reference, which set forth the rules and guidance on all matters relating to the running, governance and operation of special interest groups, to include detail on the responsibilities and obligations you would undertake as a Global SIG Steering Committee member and who is eligible to apply. We also encourage applicants to view STEP's Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Guiding Principles and to engage with the materials on our 'Living our Values' hub which set out the inclusive behaviours aligning to STEP's values that we want those acting for and on behalf of STEP to exhibit in order to help us to maintain a culture where everyone feels welcome and valued.

If successfully elected, Members of the Committee are expected to actively participate in the work of the Committee on behalf of the global SIG and regularly attend committee meetings, joining either in person or by means of tele-/web-conferencing (occurring four-six times in a calendar year).

These elections to the steering committee will take place to the following schedule:

1 September 2023 Upcoming election dates and request for candidate submissions announced.

30 September 2023

Deadline for candidate applications (applications received after 11:59pm GMT+1 on 30 September 2023 will not be accepted).
16 – 24 October 2023 Members of the SIG provided with details of candidates running. Online voting available to SIG members for a period of 8 days.
25 October 2023 Successful and unsuccessful applicants will be individually informed. Positions accepted will have terms of service denoted as commencing 1 January 2024, in line with SIG governance processes.
By 30 November 2023 The election results will be publicly announced, incorporating officer appointments also.
2024 New committee members invited to attend the Steering Committee meeting.

If you have any questions regarding joining the steering committee or the application process, please do not hesitate to contact [email protected]

Application Form, Code and Regulations