General Secretary Election 2017

Date: 13.04.17
Notice of election

General Secretary Election 2017

Section 46 of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidated) Act 1992 requires that there is an election for the position of General Secretary every five years.

A member is eligible to stand for election to the post of General Secretary if s/he:

a.       Has been a fee-paying member of the union for five years and is not in arrears of payment;

b.       Holds one of the following qualifications:

a.         is recognised as a qualified teacher by the Department for Education (including the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish Education Departments) or equivalent departments; or

b.         works as a teacher at a school or other educational institution recognised by the Department for Education  (including the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish Education Departments) or equivalent departments; or

c.         is recognised as a person qualified to teach by any other body deemed by the Council to have the appropriate professional standing; or

d.         holds an NNEB Certificate/Diploma; or

e.             holds a professional qualification approved by Council; or

f.              is a qualified Nanny or Home Child Carer with an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check including a barred list check: or

g.        does not hold a recommended qualification but has met the criteria recommended by Council;

c.        Is not the subject of a disciplinary investigation.

The timetable for the election is:

Nominations close                           31 May 2017

Election addresses to ERS              7 June 2017

Postal Ballot closes                          26 July 2017

Result declared                                  28 July 2017


Any nomination must have the signature of 6 current Voice members.

Student members are not eligible to vote in an election and are not eligible to act as nominator.

Nomination forms are available from