Elected members of SOFIA's 'Management Committee' are expected to fulfil certain obligations to the members and the organisation (as outlined in the governing document), and as such provision has been made in the regulations that the 'Management Committee' and Chairperson are ultimately answerable to the membership and the regulations.
Members of the 'Management Committee' are elected and/or re-elected periodically, and provision has been made so that terms of service on the 'Management Committee' are limited, ensuring that there is no long-term influence by any one person on the committee.
In the interim period between the launch of SOFIA and the first management committee election by the membership, the founding members formed an interim management committee led by an independent Chairperson .
It was subsequently agreed by the interim 'management committee' that at the time of the first 'Management Committee' election they would either stand down and/or put themselves forward for election. However, the chairperson would have the option to remain for the first elected management committee term to help ensure continuity for SOFIA.