Call for Nominations to Serve on the Board

Call for Nominations to Serve on the Board -  Would you like to helpshape the strategic vision for the record keeping sector in the UK andIreland? -  Would you like to help develop the ARA’s role and policydirection?- See below on how to apply.

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 ARCHIVES AND RECORDS ASSOCIATION (UK & IRELAND)

Call for Nominations to Serve on the Board

Would you like to help shape the strategic vision for the record keeping sector in the UK and Ireland?

Would you like to help develop the ARA’s role and policy direction?

Dear Colleague,

Are you a records manager, conservator, archive educator, archivist or affiliate member looking use your skills and experience in a wider context and gain wider knowledge of our sector at strategic level? Keen to develop your general and budget management skills? How about influencing the management and direction of your professional body? Or, frankly speaking, do you think the ARA can and should be doing things better? If your answer to the above is ‘yes’, then why not stand for election to the ARA Board?

Our (annual) elections to the ARA Board take place at the Annual General Meeting (AGM). This year’s AGM is on 9 May 2018 in London. This year there are elections for Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer, Honorary Secretary and three places on the ARA Board. See below on how to apply.

What does the Board do?

The Board oversees all aspects of the Association’s work. Individually, Board members are responsible for setting the ARA’s direction and overseeing the various activities, groups, sections, nations and regions that make up the ARA. Together the Board, officers and members are working on more projects, with more partners and are making more impact than ever before. The ARA is an increasingly powerful advocate for our sector and the Board oversight and direction of our programmes and policies ensures we have our priorities right and that our members’ voice is heard.

A key point of information: members of the Board (except the Chair) serve three years before either standing down or seeking re-election. So you will need to be able to manage at least a three-year commitment. The Board meets around every quarter somewhere in the UK and Ireland and has a similar number of teleconference ‘meetings’ each year.

The ARA’s membership is robust and our financial position is sound.

If you would like to gain more experience of setting strategy and policy and bring to the ARA your own professional work skills and background – this is your opportunity; and we need you, too. While we don’t reserve specific places on the Board for individual parts or ‘professions’ in our sector or groups of members we do want the Board to reflect as far as possible the current make up of our Association and how it will develop in the coming years.

This is an exciting time for the ARA, for example the evolution of CPD, maintaining professional standards in austerity and delivering new or enhanced campaigns and advocacy, eg on pay, management of public records for accountability, data protection, copyright, and many more. But we can’t do all this without the active involvement of members on the Board and in nation/region and specialist section roles.

What are the benefits for me?

  •  Widening your professional knowledge and sector network
  •  Improving your awareness of key issue
  •  Gaining valuable experience in management and governance
  •  Dedicated training on how to become and remain an effective Board member and charity trustee

So I would like to stand. What next?

Here is what you need to know if you feel you have a contribution to make.

The places on the Board open for election are Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer, Honorary Secretary and three ordinary elected Board members.

To stand for Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer, Honorary Secretary of the Board you must be an individual member of the Association. All members (individual, student or affiliate) can stand for the vacancies as ordinary elected Board members.

This year:

  •  Geoff Pick is retiring from the Board as Chair having completed his two year term.
  •  Karl Magee is standing down from Vice Chair and will stand for Chair with the support of the ARA Board.
  •  Hayden Burns is retiring from the Board as Treasurer having completed his term.
  •  Charlene Taylor is standing for Treasurer, with the support of the Board.
  •  Natalie Milne’s first term as Honorary Secretary is up and she will be standing for re-election.
  •  Simon McKeon’s first term as an ordinary elected Board member is up and he is standing for re-election.
  •  There is currently no candidate for Vice Chair.

To stand for election you will need to let ARA’s CEO John Chambers know which position you are standing for and your proposer and seconder. You can notify us of your nomination by letter or by e-mail.

  •  By mail: please send a nomination letter which must be signed by a proposer and seconder, who must be members of the ARA, and by you signifying your willingness to stand. This must reach us not later than 9 March 2017.
  •  By E-mail: you, your proposer and seconder must each send an original e-mail to John Chambers. These must also reach us not later than 9 March 2017.

Please send your in-writing nominations to John Chambers, Archives and Records Association (UK & Ireland), Prioryfield House, 20 Canon Street, Taunton, Somerset TA1 1SW UK or by e-mail toThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For more information please contact either:

Geoff Pick (Chair of the ARA): This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or
John Chambers:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. work phone: 01202 722000.

With best wishes

Geoff Pick                     John Chambers
Chair                             Company Secretary