Renal Association elected council member – nominations sought

Nominations sought for one member to serve The Renal Association council (preferably representing the North West of England)

2019 – 2022

Dr Mark Brady’s tenure on the RA Council comes to an end in June 2019.

Mark writes “My time on the Renal Association council has flown by and has been a real privilege. The RA council benefits most when members from all areas of the country regularly represent their services, views and most importantly their patient’s needs. I have been proud to be part of the RA council over the last 4 years. For those considering applying I would not hesitate in recommending the role. It is humbling to see the extraordinary efforts that many leading nephrologists make to drive the RA forward and even more so when those same people hear your suggestions and concerns and then act upon them. The role essentially involves making a contribution wherever you think you need to represent important perspectives, or can add value or other council members feel that you can. It is inspiring to hear and learn from so many dedicated colleagues. There is increasing emphasis on not only capturing elected members views but making use of their skills for various tasks or consultations that help the RA towards delivering ever improving renal services and closer collaborations with the BRS and renal patient organisations. Regional representation will be vital in making this work successful as it will align better with quality improvement programmes through KQuIP. If elected you will definitely benefit as an individual whilst hopefully contributing to the wider renal community at the same time.”

The Renal Association (RA) would like to thank Mark for his enthusiasm and commitment over the years. We wish him well.
Nominations are requested from members of the Association for one new member to serve the RA Council (the Council).

The RA is a dynamic charity and the leading professional body for the UK kidney community. It has over 1,000 members who deliver clinical care for people with kidney diseases, kidney research or related fields. It comprises two arms within one entity. The highly recognised RA UK Renal Registry (UKRR) collates outcomes from UK kidney units and publishes an annual report which guides service delivery and is involved in education, research and improving the quality of patient outcomes and experience. The RA professional arm supports lobbying in kidney matters (dialysis, transplantation, chronic kidney and rare kidney diseases), high quality clinical care, education and research. It aims to support kidney doctors, patients and allied healthcare workers.

The RA is a registered charity with over 30 employees based in Bristol.

In January 2010, the British Association for Paediatric Nephrologists (BAPN) became a division of the RA, bringing child kidney services within its remit.

For more information about the council, please refer to the Terms of Reference.

The Opportunities

Following an external governance review earlier this year, the RA seeks to strengthen its council to support the Association as it continues its exciting development and delivers its strategic plan which will be launched in April 2019.
The council is a wise body of people which is deliberative and focussed on service, education and research. It supports, advises and guides the trustee board (the board) in developing policy, strategy and implementation. The council allows the board to fulfil its legal, ethical, and statutory responsibilities. It is important that the two bodies work closely together to fulfil their responsibilities and there is an intentional overlap of membership to support this.

The Person

The board is seeking member nominations and to help maintain a wide geographic reach, it particularly welcomes nominees representing the North West of England.

Nominees with be interested in:
• Representing the membership in identifying strategic issues to be addressed
• Commenting on draft strategy papers and subsequent implementation plans
• Identifying and suggesting issues the membership faces that require addressing
• Advising committee chairs on the appropriateness of work objectives and programmes and providing a voice for the membership and partners.

A willingness to contribute time and energy is essential. The council meets three times a year face to face plus three teleconferences and members will also be asked to attend and/or chair sub-committee meetings or task and finish groups.


Deadline for nominations is: Friday 26 April
Electronic voting will open: Tuesday 7 May to Tuesday 28 May

How to Nominate

Nominees must complete the nomination form and also provide:
• 2 page CV
• A short personal statement of intent which will be made available to the electorate (no more than 500 words).

The nomination form, CV and personal statement should be emailed no later than Friday 26 April 2019 to the RA secretariat.

Equality & Diversity

The RA is committed to creating and sustaining a positive, fair and mutually supportive environment. We accept, respect and value people with diverse identities and backgrounds and believe our differences make us stronger and more effective in achieving our goals. We ensure appointments are made on the recommendation of a transparent, balanced and appropriate panel, are made on the basis of merit, and encourage applications from all suitably qualified and eligible candidates.

Remuneration / Expenses

Please note that the role is un-remunerated. Reasonable expenses are paid in accordance with the RA expense policy (available upon appointment).

To arrange an informal discussion about the role, please contact Chief Executive, Ron Cullen.