Yearly Meeting committees
Central Nominations Committee
The Central Nominations Committee is a standing committee appointed by Yearly Meeting (6.22) to bring forward names for service as required both by Yearly Meeting in session and by Meeting for Sufferings. It consists of twenty-seven members, with one-third of the members retiring annually at the rise of Yearly Meeting and not eligible for immediate reappointment. The clerk and assistant clerk are appointed by the committee from within its number and may serve a further year beyond the initial appointment period.
The Central Nominations Committee brings forward names to each Yearly Meeting for the following appointments:
a. Yearly Meeting Agenda Committee: three Friends to serve for three years (6.18);
b. Yearly Meeting Arrangements Committee: two Friends to serve during the period of Yearly Meeting (6.20);
c. Epistle Drafting Committee: five to seven Friends to serve during the period of Yearly Meeting, including one to act as convener (6.23);
d. Yearly Meeting Elders as required by the Yearly Meeting;
e. Yearly Meeting Overseers as required by the Yearly Meeting;
f. Yearly Meeting Accessibility and Support Group: numbers required by the terms of reference (which may be obtained on application to the Recording Clerk);
g. Yearly Meeting Publications Group for Quaker faith & practice: one Friend to serve for three years;
h. Quaker Stewardship Committee: three Friends to serve for three years (14.29);
i. Britain Yearly Meeting Trustees: five Friends to serve for three years (8.03).
When due or required, it also brings in names of Friends to serve on the Summer Gathering Planning Committee (6.27), on ad hoc groups or for any other appointments requested by Yearly Meeting.
When interim appointments to any of these bodies are required, Central Nominations Committee may bring forward names to Meeting for Sufferings, which acts on behalf of Yearly Meeting.
The Central Nominations Committee acts for Meeting for Sufferings, in bringing forward names for appointments of Meeting for Sufferings representatives to Yearly Meeting Agenda Committee (6.18); for appointments to the central committees, standing committees and Trusts appointed by Meeting for Sufferings (8.03 - 8.10; 8.14 - 8.20); and as representatives to various bodies, for service on ad hoc groups or for any other appointments requested by Meeting for Sufferings.
The committee works closely with each body on which vacancies arise in order to clarify the requirements, which may include the need for representatives from other bodies.