Chair and Chief Executive call for nominations to the ARA Board

 'Please consider standing for the Board' '...a really good time to investyour time and energy'

Chair of the ARA Board Martin Taylor and Chief Executive/Company Secretary John Chambers have called for ARA members to consider standing for the ARA Board.


Personal emails are being sent to all members.


Call for Nominations to Serve on the Board

Dear Member,

Please take a few minutes to read this important information about the ARA and your role within the membership.

Changes to the ARA Board will take place at the AGM on 20 May. This year, there will be elections for six places on the ARA Board.

Please consider standing for the Board whether you currently undertake a role in a Nation, Region or Section or not.

If you feel ready to play a larger role in your professional body, it 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. 

Here is what you have to do if you feel you have a contribution to make. Or please contact either of us if you would like to know more.

Nomination papers have to be received by the 20 March 2013 at the latest.
This year there will be elections for six places on the Board as ordinary elected Board members.

Gordon Reid and Shirley Jones are standing down from the Board. Beth Mercer stood down late last year.

Sam Collenette, Jess Carlson and Catherine Taylor are standing for re-election as elected Board members.

To stand for election you will need to let John Chambers know (as Company Secretary) 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 20 March 2013.

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

All individual members can stand for election to these positions whether you are a full individual, student or affiliate member.

Members of the Board 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.

In the event of more than six nominations for 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 are six or less nominations the nominees 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 20 March 2013.

With best wishes

Martin Taylor    John Chambers
Chair                Company Secretary