TOPRA Board elections

We are now inviting nominations for TOPRA President Elect and two Board Director positions for 2025. Stand for your chance to make a difference to how we support the regulatory affairs profession. The deadline for nominations is Friday 2 August 2024 – see below for more information

The TOPRA Board of Directors leads our well-respected organisation and shape the future support we offer our community of regulatory affairs professionals. Board Directors have general oversight of our activities, legal and financial responsibility for the organisation, setting and monitoring its strategy, and overseeing the work of the staff. 

Board vacancies

The following positions on the TOPRA Board of Directors will fall vacant at the end of 2024 as the current post holders complete their terms of service.


Nominations are invited to this post, which is for a one-year term. The successful candidate will then serve a further one year as the TOPRA President and a final one year as Past-President.

Directors (two positions)

These are positions that are held for two years (for a maximum of two consecutive two-year terms). These Board Directors have general oversight of the activities of TOPRA and together with the rest of the Board they have the legal and financial responsibility for TOPRA, setting and monitoring its strategy and overseeing the work of the staff. 

Download the nomination form

The deadline for nominations for these positions is 17:00 BST/GMT+1 on Friday 2 August 2024. Please see below for more details of how to nominate.

If you would like to discuss what Director roles entail, please email our Chief Executive, Kevin Pay. We can also put you in touch with current Board Directors to hear their experience of holding office.

Any paid-up Member, Registered Member or Fellow who has been a TOPRA member for at least one full calendar year can stand for election. There are no limitations in terms of your location, the sector you work in, or who you are employed by.

We are committed to encouraging diversity and inclusivity throughout the organisation and the Board is no exception. There are no limitations in terms of age, gender, or ethnic background - if you think you can add a fresh perspective to the way the Board thinks then we encourage you to join them. As signatories to the Science Council Declaration on Diversity, we actively seek candidates who reflect the changing demographic of the wider regulatory affairs profession. 

It is important that our Board reflects our diverse membership. About 60% of our membership is female and currently six of the nine TOPRA Board members are women. We therefore actively encourage applications from minority ethnic candidates, people with disabilities, people who identify as non-binary and men.

We are keen to attract Board members with a wide skill set and welcome those who can act as genuine ambassadors for our organisation, who enjoy networking at a senior level and who have deep understanding of regulatory affairs in a global context.

Nominees are asked to provide information about themselves as part of the election process. Members who vote can base their decision on what experience candidates have in regulatory affairs, what they have contributed to the profession and the extent of their current engagement in TOPRA activities, plus any fresh ideas they may have.


To make your nomination, please complete our Board Director Nomination Form and email it with an accompanying portrait photo to by 17:00 BST/GMT+1 on Friday 2 August 2024.

This form requires the signatures of three other TOPRA members (a proposer and two seconders) plus a statement from you which explains why you wish to stand and what you think you would bring to the Board.

If an election is held, the statement you provide will be available for members to use as the basis for their selection.

Please note that you may only stand for one position on the Board.

All nominees must be current Members, Registered Members (MTOPRA) or Fellows  (FTOPRA), have experience in the field of regulatory affairs and be supportive of the vision and objectives of TOPRA. Some experience of volunteering in TOPRA can be helpful but is not a requirement. Honorary Members and Student Members may not stand for, or vote in, an election.


Being elected to the TOPRA Board presents a real chance for regulatory affairs professionals to influence the work of their professional body and to offer their time and talents to promoting TOPRA and the profession.  

Our Board Directors are volunteers, but they also enjoy the benefits of being leaders of an organisation that is increasingly high profile and influential where they have a chance to shape the strategy for TOPRA's future.  

Members of the Board liaise with leading figures in the regulatory affairs world and have opportunities to attend conferences and meetings that help develop their personal regulatory intelligence and networks.

Participation in TOPRA’s work at Board level is a significant personal development opportunity, raises your personal profile and above all is a chance to ‘give something back’ to the profession.


Members of the Board meet at the TOPRA offices every other month for half a day – it is also possible to join these meetings online. They prepare by reading papers and from time to time they are contacted by email for their opinions or might join teleconferences. A substantial proportion of the background work can be done out of office hours. Some Board Directors also get involved in other activities such as leading committees or meeting key stakeholders, but this varies depending on the Board Director and their interests. So, whilst there is a time commitment, this can be factored into their working lives. TOPRA meets the reasonable expenses of being a Board Director, in line with our expenses policies.

Summary of roles and responsibilities

  • Attend up to six Board meetings (at least one in-person) in one calendar year
  • Contribute to the setting and monitoring of TOPRA’s strategy
  • Undertake all legal and financial responsibilities as a director under UK company law
  • Support the global growth and engagement of membership at a strategic level
  • Represent TOPRA at various events and meetings
  • Champion the development of regulatory excellence 

  • Our ‘Governance for Non-Executive Directors’ e-learning course is ideal preparation for any members who are considering putting themselves forwards for the TOPRA Board.



    Potential candidates should understand that being a member of the Board of TOPRA means that they will be a Director of a Company and subject to the requirements of the UK Companies Act.

    Candidates should be sure that they have no reason why they should not stand for a Board position, including contractual issues with their employers or conflicts of interest.

    Membership of TOPRA is individual and personal, so Board Directors are elected as individuals and not as representatives of their employer. However, as meetings take place in business hours, Board Directors do need the support of their employers to undertake their duties. Many employers recognise that service of this sort is enriching to the individual, but also brings value to their employers in many ways. It can be part of a wider corporate responsibility agenda. It also adds value as the employee is well-informed, well-connected, and well-respected because of their involvement with TOPRA.


    The new Board is announced to the membership at the Annual Review Meetings (held at the TOPRA Symposium and subsequently in InTouch (monthly email newsletter for members) and on the TOPRA website.   

    The Board year runs from 1 January to 31 December in line with TOPRA’s financial year.


  • Who’s who – a list of current Board Members, staff and Advisory Council
  • Annual Reports – archive of TOPRA annual reports
  • TOPRA Strategy 2020–2025 – TOPRA’s strategic plan for the next five years


    If there is more than one candidate for any position, an election will be held by electronic means.  Please make sure that your member record contains your up-to-date e-mail address so that you do not miss out on your opportunity to vote and make your voice heard. Results of the election and the composition of the new Board are announced at the Annual Review Meeting.

    There is also the opportunity to apply to become a co-optee to the Board. There is also the opportunity to apply to become a co-optee to the Board. Co-optees enable the Board to benefit from their valuable insights and opinions in discussions and can ensure that the diverse range of voices that represent today’s profession are heard. Unlike Board members however, they will not have voting rights or legal responsibilities for the Company.

    In addition to being able to positively influence TOPRA’s future direction, co-optee roles are also a great way to gain experience that will assist with career development and even a future application for a Board position.

    If you are interested in becoming a co-optee and would like to find out more, then please email our Chief Executive, Kevin Pay with your CV and an initial supporting statement.


    Annual Review Meeting

    Annual Review Meetings are held at the TOPRA Symposium and all members are cordially invited to attend online. These provide an opportunity to hear about the activities of the past year, receive a report of the TOPRA accounts, find out plans and ask questions of the current Board. It is also a chance to meet up with many TOPRA colleagues and friends and there is no charge to attend.

    Why join the Board?

    Some of our recent Board members on how being on the Board has benefited them:

    Anne Nallen
    TOPRA President (2021)

    Aman Khera
    Director of North America (2021)

    Natalie Tolli
    Board Director with North America responsibility (2019–2020)

    "I am thoroughly enjoying being a Board member. I have gained a lot being a regulatory professional, so having the opportunity to give something back is highly motivating to me."

    Aileen Fisher
    TOPRA Board Member 2018–2019

    "My tenure with the TOPRA Board broadened my network and I established relationships with individuals I would otherwise never have met. You meet so many talented people that you can learn from – it is just an enriching experience."

    Thomas Kühler
    TOPRA President 2016
    TOPRA Board Member 2014–2017