The Society will be known as the British Neurovascular Group (BNVG).
The BNVG exists within the Society of British Neurological Surgeons (SBNS). The Group is a non-profit association and any funds shall be used only for the purposes of realising the intentions stated in the constitution.
3.The aims of the Society will be:
a. To further the development of vascular neurosurgery in the British Isles.
b. To encourage research and teaching in vascular neurosurgery.
c. To hold scientific meetings.
d. To facilitate liaison with other groups involved in the management of patients with neurovascular disease and in particular, to foster relationships with other national and international neurovascular organisations.
e. To act as a professional advisory body to other groups including government agencies.
4.Officers of the Group
The Group will be administered by a chairman/secretary. There will also be a Secretary-elect and 3 additional officers representing the range of interests of the society particularly training, research & audit.
The Secretary & officers shall be elected by the full members of the BNVG. They shall serve a period of two years, which can be extended by vote of the members at the business meeting or through a ballot.
As each Secretary begins his or her term of office, a Secretary-Elect will be nominated by the full members to act as a deputy to the Secretary as the need arises. In the event of a tie the Secretary will hold a ballot of the full members in order to determine which of the “tied” candidates will be elected.
The past secretary will continue to sit on the council for one year after his term of office and will be replaced by the secretary-elect.
The Society shall have Full, Associate, Allied Health Professional and Honorary members. Applications for membership should be made to the Secretary.
Full members of the BNVG must be consultant neurosurgeons who are full members of the SBNS and have a substantial interest in the practice of vascular neurosurgery.
An Associate member will be a trainee neurosurgeon with interest in neurovascular surgery.
An Allied Health Professional (AHP) member can be a non-medical practitioner from any discipline that contributes to the care and management of patients with neurovascular disease.
An Honorary member shall be an emeritus person who has rendered special service in the neurovascular disciplines. Honorary membership will be issued at the discretion of the Society through its council or the business meeting.
A meeting will be held annually. In addition, extraordinary meetings may take place as required. It will be the responsibility of the BNVG member hosting the meeting to organise a programme of presentations of neurovascular interest. During each annual meeting there will be a Business meeting that may be attended by full members only. The Secretary will provide the agenda and subsequent Minutes for this meeting. The location of subsequent meetings will be decided at the Business meeting.
7.Amendments of the constitution
Amendments of the constitution can be proposed by a majority vote of the officers or by written request by fifty percent of the regular members. In any matter of interpretation of the constitution the decision shall rest with the officers.
The officers will resolve any matters concerning the Group that are not explicitly covered by the constitution.
A resolution of two thirds of the members shall be necessary to dissolve the Society. If the Society is dissolved its funds will be transferred to a non-profit society or charity that supports science and research.
7th April 2010