WES has a Board of Trustees and a Council and a Young Members' Board. The Council meets four times a year and is formed of Trustees (these are Council members who are Officers of WES and two elected ordinary Council Members) and Ordinary Council members. Trustees are Directors of WES as a Company and Trustees of WES as a Charity. Council comprises about fifteen elected members, all of whom are volunteers, and are, or have recently been, employed in engineering-related occupations, many at senior levels. Council also provides the executive, since all the Society's Officers form the executive sub-committee of the Council. This group meets between meetings of the full Council in order to take interim decisions and actions.
Council is democratically elected by its members according to its Articles of Association. It is chaired by the President who holds office for one year, and is normally succeeded by the Senior Vice President (who is in turn normally succeeded by one of the two Junior Vice Presidents). Other Officers are the Honorary Secretary and the Honorary Treasurer. These posts are all subject to election, although they are not often contested.
Council's overall responsibilities are to set the Society's strategic direction, and to sustain the overall health of the organisation by ensuring that it meets its members' expectations. Individual Council members assume responsibility for a specific area of WES' interests.
New blood for Council is always being sought. Ages of Council members range from 20+ to 60+. Special efforts are made to help members develop their skills -- we need good experienced officers for our own society, but we also assist women to obtain office in other professional institutions. If you are ambitious, or if you just want to take active steps to fix some of the problems of the world, consider nominating yourself for Council using the form which WES members receive in the summer before the AGM.
In 2016 WES launched their Young Members Board. The aim of the YMB is to make WES more accessible to younger members, to reflect their concerns and priorities and provide input to the WES Council, allowing the voices of younger women engineers to be heard. The women making up the YMB will also act as role models for young women considering engineering and applied science. The YMB will enable younger WES members to influence the direction of travel of WES, with the opportunity for personal, professional and leadership development through board experience and involvement in projects and strategy setting.
For more details about Council or Council Meetings please contact the WES Office.