The President is one of five post-holders, elected by the membership at an Annual General Meeting on the recommendation of the SOC Council. The President is responsible for ensuring the effective operation of the Club in the conduct of its affairs as a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation, in alignment with the provisions of its Constitution.
The initial period of appointment is for four years from the date of the AGM at which the election was held, with two-year re-appointments being permitted. On appointment, the President becomes one of the Trustees of the Club and is expected to be aware of the legal responsibilities that this entails and to exercise these to the benefit of the Club as a charity.
The President oversees the public face of the SOC, acting in an ambassadorial role whenever this is required, monitoring outreach and communications with Club members and the general public, and promoting the sustainability and continuing development of the SOC as an organisation.
The President is Chair of the Board of Trustees (Council) of the Club, and is also expected to Chair the Annual General Meeting held during the Annual Conference.