Speaker of Council, Thomas Poguntke
The Speaker of Council holds a number of responsibilities including: chairing meetings of the Council; proposing amendments to the Standing Orders of Council; liaising with the Executive Committee over business matters and the formulation of the agenda of Council meetings; serving as Senior Returning Officer for Executive Committee elections and votes on amending the ECPR Constitution; being a general liaison point for members of Council vis-à-vis the ECPR. The Speaker of Council for the term 1 June 2018 - 31 May 2021 is Thomas Poguntke (Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf).
The first Speaker was David Farrell (University College Dublin) who was first appointed in 2013. He was re-elected in February 2016 for a further three-year term but stood down in September 2017 and was subsequently elected to the Executive Commitee in March 2018.