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The expectations from an Honorary President are:


·        To be able and have the will to render outstanding service to the Association during his or her period of office;

·        To bring esteem and attention to the Association at a local and national and international level;

·        To shine a light on the work the Association does as well as lends advice where appropriate.

·        To drive engagement supporting the Association either directly by attending events or indirectly with his or her influences in government, industry or academia institutions.



The idea of an honorary president is widely used in other Associations


The following are offered as guidelines only to the role, appointment and term of office of an Honorary President. These should be adapted to suit local circumstances.




This role is honorary. The role could include the promotion of the wellbeing of the Association in the wider community by assisting to develop relationships between MAPG and other institutions and associations as appropriate. Activities could include ‘ceremonial’ duties such as presenting awards, hosting receptions, proposing or attending events as a Honorary official representative of MAPG. It would also be possible to negotiate a very specific role during the period of a project, e.g. to assist with introductions to potential local funders. 




The Executive Committee may wish to establish a search group to seek potential candidates. The candidate could be someone who by their dedication, contribution and approach is acknowledged as an individual who could provide inspiration, guidance and support, e.g. a former Ministry or Leader. Alternatively it could be a prominent individual in the community who, because of their profile, work and relationship, will benefit MAPG.


Length of appointment


The Executive Committee could make a recommendation to the Council for the maximum term of appointment. The term of appointment should be reviewed at the end of the term and could be renewed for more terms.




The Executive Committee should propose a nomination to the Council for approval at an Annual General Meeting. If it is agreed by the Council that the post is to be ex-officio by virtue of an individual holding another role, then the invitation could be extended by the Executive Committee at the point at which the individual takes up that role without reference to the Council. The Council would be informed that the individual had accepted the invitation.