Becoming a Council Member
Have you ever thought about:
- being part of a forum that debates and decides Voice’s future strategies and policies,
- overseeing Voice’s constitution, or
- being involved with the running of Voice?
If so, our Council would like to invite you to experience the workings of a meeting of Council and/or an Executive Committee, as an observer, to see if you would like to stand for a position on one or both groups.
Travel expenses and accommodation are available for members who would like to take advantage of this opportunity.
If you would like further information, please contact us on 01332 372 337
or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please see the Role of a Council Member
The Role of a Council Member
All Council members should be aware that they:
- have a mandate from their electoral country to general terms and also over specific issues
- represent their electoral country at Council and other Voice meetings
- report back to their country at regular intervals by whatever method is acceptable and convenient
- familiarise themselves with Voice rules and policies as thoroughly as possible
- are representatives of Voice in the wider education community and as such present a corporate message
- should attend meetings of Council as often as possible, which is why the constitution makes it clear that regular absence is not tolerated
- should communicate with members in their country via newsletter, liaise with the Marketing Team in Derby who will ensure that all communications are sent out in Voice’s ‘house style’ and to maintain brand integrity. These will normally be included within a mailing of the Union’s journal.
What is Expected of a Council Member:
- to work as part of the Voice team (staff and members) for the benefit of Voice and its members
- attendance at, and active participation in, Council meetings
- to make the time commitment required to fulfil the role
- to participate in Council working parties as appropriate
- once decisions are made by the whole of Council to support those decisions regardless of personal opinions
- to be a member of their country committee
- to keep contact with and encourage Voice Volunteers
- to work with and through Voice staff in promoting Voice
- to adhere to corporate branding guidelines in communicating with members and others.
A Council Member is Not:
- a branch or federation official (unless they have been elected to such a role)
- a Field Officer (unless accredited to work in specific local authorities)
- to represent members in consultation/negotiation with local authorities
- allowed to enter into any financial arrangements, commitment or authorisation on behalf of Voice
- a regional organiser and does not have authority over other Voice Volunteers or regional staff
- expected to undermine previous decisions made by Council, whether or not they have been a participant in the decision, outside of the Council Chamber.