The Role of a Council Member
Do you want to help create a stronger union and work towards improving the workplace for teachers, early years and childcare professionals? Have you ever thought about?
- being part of a forum that decides Voice’s future strategies and policies;
- overseeing Voice’s constitution; or
- being involved with running Voice?
All council members should be aware that they’re expected to:
- have a mandate from their electoral country committee to general terms and also over specific issues;
- represent their electoral country at council and other Voice meetings;
- report back to their country committee at regular intervals by whatever method is acceptable and convenient;
- familiarise themselves with Voice rules and policies as thoroughly as possible;
- be representatives of Voice in the wider education community and as such present a corporate message;
- attend meetings of Council as often as possible; and
- liaise with the in-house 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 be included within a mailing of the union’s quarterly magazine, Your Voice.
As a Council member, you will be expected to:
- work as part of the Voice team for the benefit of Voice and its members;
- attend and participate in council meetings;
- commit your time toward the role;
- participate in council working parties as appropriate;
- support decisions that are made by the whole of the council, regardless of personal opinions;
- be a dedicated member of your country committee;
- encourage Voice volunteers and keep in contact with them;
- work with and through Voice staff in promoting Voice; and
- adhere to corporate branding guidelines in communicating with Voice 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; and
- expected to undermine previous decisions made by Council, whether or not they have been a participant in the decision, outside of the Council chamber.
Interested in joining Voice’s Council?
We welcome you to experience the workings of a meeting of our Council or country executive committees, as an observer to gauge your interest for becoming part of one or both groups.