Under UKSPA’s Articles of Association, the positions of Directors and Officers of the Association are appointed by UKSPA Full Members. Due to a number of Directors stepping down from their positions, there are three Board positions to fill, as follows:
- One Full Member representative,
- One Associate or Full Member representative
- One Business Affiliate Member
The Association therefore invites nominations from UKSPA Full, Associate and Business Affiliate Members for the respective Full Member, additional Associate/Full Member and Business Affiliate Member vacancies. If more than two nominations are received for Full/Associate members, or more than one nomination is received for a Business Affiliate, then elections will be held as appropriate in early November 2022.
Nomination forms, which are available here, should be completed as appropriate and returned by email by 17:00 on Monday 31 October 2022 to James Chaffer, UKSPA Chief Executive. Please note that it is perfectly acceptable for individuals from Full Members organisations to nominate themselves, but for Associate and Business Affiliate nominations the proposer must be from a Full Member organisation. In all cases, the seconder must be a Full Member representative.
Nominees are also requested to include two-three short paragraphs outlining why they wish to stand for Board Membership, together with a brief biography. The voting will be concluded prior to the AGM so that we are able to appoint the Board at the AGM as efficiently as possible. The two vacant Officer positions will then be filled once the full Board composition is known.
Under the Association’s Articles, the composition of the UKSPA Board is defined as follows:
10 Directors Comprising:
- Chief Executive
- 3 Officers: Chair, Vice-Chair & Honorary Secretary/Treasurer
- 4 Full Member Representatives
- 1 Associate or further Full Member Representative
- 1 Business Affiliate Representative
- 2 promising early-career individuals are also selected from amongst the Full Members’ management teams to attend Board meetings as co-opted observers.
Board Members will normally serve for 3 years and, subject to renewal, a further and final 3 years. Early-career Professionals have previously served for 1 year, but due to the unusual period of flux this year, it has been decided to extend the current term by a further 12 months, to allow for several projects to be completed.
As noted, it is perfectly acceptable for a Full Member representative to nominate themselves, provided that the seconder is from another fully-paid Full Member organisation. for Associate and Business Affiliates nominations the proposer and seconder must both be from different Full Member organisations.
Board Meetings Frequency
There are ordinarily four Board meetings each year. Three are traditionally held at the same location as the three UKSPA Member Conferences, currently scheduled for March, June and November 2023. The remaining meeting usually falls in September, and is our annual strategic meeting where the strategy, business plan and budgets for the next year are agreed.
Occasionally the Chairman may call for an extraordinary Board meeting, or conference calls to discuss matters that cannot wait until the next scheduled Board meeting.
Board members are expected to attend as many meetings as possible. If three consecutive meetings are missed, then the Board can require that the member stand down.
Membership of the Board
All Board members represent the views of the membership and are responsible for corporate governance issues to the members of the Association. Members are asked to represent the Association at meetings, events, and committees. Additionally, Board members are increasingly expected to lead/stimulate discussion at group sessions at our conferences and online activities and to contribute to strategic and policy issues.
Remuneration and Expenses
There is currently no remuneration for UKSPA Board Members. It has always been custom and practice for Board Members to help support the Association by paying for their own travelling and subsistence allowances.
For further information please contact UKSPA by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date: 31 October 2022, 17:00