Voting in the Chair and Trustee election closed at 5pm last Wednesday, 3 November. Azmat (Syed Azmatullah) and Jo Lucas have been elected as Chair Elect and Trustee respectively. The election had a turnout of 14.49% of the members voting.
Having previously been a co-opted member of the UKCP Board of Trustees between February and October this year, Azmat (pictured) comes to the role with experience of UKCP and the way it works.
There will be a four-month handover with the outgoing Chair from 9 November 2021 to 16 March 2022 during which time they will be a trustee and Chair Elect. During the handover, Azmat will work with the current Chair Martin Pollecoff, the Board of Trustees, Chief Executive Sarah Niblock and the office until he takes up office as Chair on 17 March 2022.
Jo Lucas (pictured) has experience of being on UKCP committees and was recently a member of a UKCP Adjudication Panel, meaning she is already familiar with how the organisation is run.
Martin Pollecoff said: ‘I am delighted that we had excellent candidates, any one of whom would have been a credit to the Board and UKCP. We are fortunate to have members coming forward to do such important work for UKCP and I would like to thank all the candidates for their efforts during the whole election process, especially given the limitations on campaigning posed by the ongoing pandemic.
‘I am very much look forward to working with Azmat and Jo. And I hope that Joanna North and Christian Buckland will also work with us in some capacity – we need people of their calibre. With candidates like this, we can have confidence in the future.’