Call for ARA members to stand for Board

Elections for three ARA Board places to take place at 2015 AGM

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Chair of ARA David Mander and Chief Executive and Company Secretary John Chambers have called on ARA members to consider standing for election to the ARA Board: 


Dear Colleague,
Are you looking to raise your profile and gain experience at a strategic level? Would you like to develop your general and budget management skills? Would you like the opportunity to influence the management and direction of your professional body?  If so, then now is the time to think about standing for election to the ARA Board.
Our annual elections to the ARA Board will take place at the AGM on 18 May 2015. This year, there will be elections for three places on the ARA Board. 
What does the Board do?
The Board oversees all aspects of the ARA’s work. Collectively  Board members are responsible for the different 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 a powerful advocate for our sector and the Board oversight and direction of our programmes and policies ensures our voice is heard and our views taken into account.
The ARA’s membership is growing and our financial position is sound. If you have had previous experience in one of the ARA’s Nations, Region, Sections or Groups, or you feel that you have something to contribute to the ARA, we hope that you will consider standing for one of the vacancies.
This is an exciting time for the ARA and this could be your opportunity to influence how CPD will develop, how standards will be maintained and how campaigning and advocacy are delivered across the ARA professions of archives, conservation and records management. The work of the Board influences the wider recordkeeping community across the UK and Ireland. 
What are the benefits for me?
•Widening your professional knowledge
•Improving your current awareness of key issues
•Gaining valuable experience in management and governance
•Training in becoming an effective Board member
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 Honorary Secretary and two ordinary elected Board members. 
To stand for Honorary Secretary you must be a full member of the Association. All individual members (full, student or affiliate) can stand for the vacancies as ordinary elected members.
To stand for election you will need to let John Chambers know 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 you signifying your willingness to stand. This must reach us not later than 18 March 2015.
•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 18 March 2015.
Members of the Board (except the Chair) serve three years before either standing down or seeking re-election. 
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.
For more information please contact either:
David Mander (Chair of the ARA): This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. phone: 0208 888 3555  or John Chambers: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  phone: 01202 722000.
Please remember to send in your nominations by 18 March 2015.
With best wishes
David Mander
John Chambers
Company Secretary