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UNA-UK Trustee Elections

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We are pleased to invite members to play a key role in the governance of UNA-UK, and to help us achieve our vision for a strong, credible and effective UN. We will be holding elections for two Trustees to be elected by fellow UNA-UK members to join the UNA-UK Board in December 2022 as observers and as full members at the March 2023 board meeting. Our current elected trustee, Carl Wright, will be stepping down in 2022 and our other current elected trustee, Dorothea Christiana, is eligible to stand for re-election.

The aim of this pack is to help you decide if this opportunity to make a unique contribution to UNA-UK is for you. We urge you to read the pack in full, as it will explain what will be expected of you should you be elected, the rules of campaigning for election, and what you need to do to stand.
 

The timetable for the election process

Notice seeking application                             

w/c 11 July 2022

Deadline for receipt of application forms           

5pm on 23 September 2022

Candidate information on website                 

w/c 3 October 2022

Voting opens online / postal dispatch            

w/c 10 October 2022

Voting closes

5pm on 15 November 2022

Elected Trustee appointments confirmed           

14 December 2022 Board meeting

Note. The two candidates receiving the most votes will be invited to attend the Board meeting on 14 December 2022 as observers and will be confirmed at the end of the meeting. They will attend the meeting on 22 March 2023 as full members.

Elected trustee role description

The UNA-UK Board is currently inviting enthusiastic and outgoing UNA-UK members to apply to be candidates in the forthcoming national UNA ballot for two Elected Trustees. The roles would suit members who have some familiarity with the work of UNA Groups, can empathise with local activists and are passionate about grassroots engagement.

Like all Trustees, the Elected Trustees’ primary responsibility is to ensure that UNA-UK operates within its charitable remit and that it is well-managed with sufficient resources to deliver its objectives.

The Elected Trustees have a specific and exciting role in engaging with UNA-UK’s network of UNA Groups, which includes community- and university-based groups – serving as their representatives on the Board, providing advice and assistance as required, supporting the health and growth of this network, and ensuring that there is two-way communication between the network and the Board.

Specific tasks will include:

  • Supporting the delivery of UNA-UK’s strategic plan
  • Supporting on the delivery of UNA-UK’s objectives on grassroots engagement
  • Serving as the Board focal point for UNA Groups
  • Facilitating regular communication with UNA Groups in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales
  • Reporting on the network at Board meetings and to the network on Board developments
  • Providing advice and practical support to UNA Groups when needed, including: supporting collaborative initiatives between UNA Groups, providing guidance on how UNA Groups can further UN and UNA-UK aims, and working with the UNA-UK staff to ensure that all UNA Groups meet UNA-UK’s Basis of Recognition
  • Working with UNA-UK staff to support visits to UNA Groups by Trustees and staff, ensuring that they collectively cover the UK-wide network

Selection criteria

To be eligible to stand for election, candidates must:

  • Be fit to serve as a charity trustee and company director
  • Be able to serve a three-year term of office
  • Abide by UNA-UK’s Articles, Rules and election guidelines for candidates
  • Be resident in the UK
  • Be able to attend Board meetings four times a year in person at UNA-UK’s office in London
  • Be able and willing to undertake occasional travel to different parts of the UK, with pre-agreed travel and accommodation expenses covered by the Charity
  • Have been a recorded member of UNA-UK for a period of at least six months before the deadline for applications
  • Have an email account and access to the internet

Voting instructions

All the information you need for voting is contained in the election pack. Please read it carefully at this link.


The Elected Trustees will be supported by UNA-UK staff. Financial assistance will be provided for any pre-agreed travel and accommodation that may arise in connection with this role. The expected time commitment is on average 1.5 days per month.

The UNA-UK Board may from time to time authorise setting up working groups to look at issues that affect grassroots engagement which elected trustees may be interested in and engage with.  Should elected trustees decide to engage with this process, there will be an increase in their time commitment.”

To apply to be a candidate for election, please read carefully the rest of the information in this pack, and then complete and return the Application Form to UNA-UK's Company Secretary at elections@una.org.uk by 5pm Friday, 23 September 2022.