Election of President, Treasurer & Members of Council

The President and Treasurer of the RHS are elected annually by the members of the Society at the Annual General Meeting (AGM). The other elected Members of Council usually serve for five years with at least three retiring each year. New members are elected at the AGM with candidates having been nominated in accordance with the nomination process.
Candidates seeking to stand for election with the support of Council should submit an expression of interest by 18 October 2019. The deadline for submission of nominations is 28 February 2020.

To submit an expression of interest, please send a statement (maximum 500 words) summarising your relevant experience and achievements, the reasons for your interest in taking a position on the Society’s Council, the skills that you have to offer, your horticultural interests and any other information in support of your expression of interest, such as a CV. Please also include your contact details and RHS membership number.

Council believes that you need to have a keen interest or knowledge of horticulture and/or gardening to serve on the Council of the UK’s leading gardening charity. Council believes you should also possess one or more skills not already represented among trustees. For 2020, Council is particularity interested in hearing from members with experience of:

  • Science and botany
  • Finance and commercial horticulture
  • Shows and landscape construction

Nominations for Council  

The RHS is committed to providing equal opportunities and will welcome nominations from any eligible member of the Society.

Volunteer for President 2020

If you would like to volunteer as RHS President, find out more.

For more information about RHS elections, please refer to the Charter and bye-laws and associated regulations. For further queries, email the Secretary or telephone 020 7821 3068.

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