Elections to ARA Board

Four places to be filled by election in May 2014

All ARA members have been sent information about elections to the Board from Martin Taylor, Chair of the Board and John Chambers, Chief Executive and Company Secretary.


At the 2014 AGM of the ARA, on 19 May, Martin Taylor will retire as Chair and Sylvia James will retire as Honorary Treasurer.


David Mander will stand down as Vice Chair in order to stand for Chair. He will be the Board’s nominated candidate.Geoff Pick will stand down as an ordinary elected Board member to stand as Vice Chair. He will be the Board’s nominated candidate.


This does not preclude other members from standing for Chair or Vice Chair.


ARA members are urged to consider standing for   election to the Board:  ‘If you feel ready to play a larger role in your professional body, now is a really good time to invest your time and energy into the ARA Board’ say Martin and John. ‘ The Board oversees all aspects of the ARA’s work and together the Board, officers and members are working on more projects, with more partners, than ever before and are making more impact than ever before. The ARA’s membership is growing and our financial position is sound.  Whether or not you currently undertake a role in a Nation, Region, Section or Group we hope that you will consider standing for one of the vacancies’.

The following information went out to all ARA members on 14 February:

ARCHIVES AND RECORDS ASSOCIATION (UK & IRELAND)

Call for Nominations to Serve on the Board

Please take a few minutes to read this important information about the ARA and the potential for you as a member to become further involved.

Changes to the ARA Board will take place at the AGM on 19 May. This year, there will be elections for four places on the ARA Board.


If you feel ready to play a larger role in your professional body, now is a really good time to invest your time and energy into the ARA Board.  The Board oversees all aspects of the ARA’s work and together the Board, officers and members are working on more projects, with more partners, than ever before and are making more impact than ever before. The ARA’s membership is growing and our financial position is sound.  Whether or not you currently undertake a role in a Nation, Region, Section or Group we hope that you will consider standing for one of the vacancies.


Here is what you need to know if you feel you have a contribution to make. Or please contact either of us if you would like to know more about the way the Board works.


Nomination papers have to be received by the 19 March 2014 at the latest.


This year there will be elections for four places on the Board for Chair, Vice Chair, Honorary Treasurer and one ordinary elected Board member.


Martin Taylor is retiring as Chair and Sylvia James is retiring as Honorary Treasurer.


David Mander is standing down as Vice Chair in order to stand for Chair. He will be the Board’s nominated candidate.


Geoff Pick is standing down as an ordinary elected Board member to stand as Vice Chair. He will be the Board’s nominated candidate.


This does not preclude other members from standing for Chair or Vice Chair.


To stand for Chair, Vice Chair or Treasurer you must be a full member of the Association. All individual members (full, student or affiliate) can stand for the vacancy as ordinary elected member.


To stand for election you will need to let John Chambers know (as Company Secretary) which position you are standing for and have a 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 the candidate signifying your willingness to stand, which must reach us not later than the 19 March 2014.


E-mail is also acceptable. In case of e-mail we require original e-mails from the candidate and the proposer and seconder.


Members of the Board (except the Chair) serve three years before either standing down or seeking re-election. In addition Board members can only serve a maximum of two 3 year terms before being required to stand down for at least three years. The Chair normally serves for two years.


In the event of more than one nomination for a position the Board, an electronic ballot will be held and overseen by Electoral Reform Services. Members will also be able to vote in person at the AGM. If there is only one nomination for a position the nominee will be deemed to have been elected at the AGM as per Article 22 of the Articles of Association.


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


Please contact Martin Taylor (Chair of the ARA): This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  phone: 01483 317501 or John Chambers: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  phone: 01202 722000 if you’d like to know more.


Please remember to send in your nominations by 19 March 2014.


With best wishes


Martin Taylor                                     John Chambers
Chair                                                Company Secretary