Council or Committee member

Being a member of Voice’s Council and committees ensures that you play an influential role in strengthening our union, which has an impact on the workplace for teachers, early years and childcare professionals throughout the UK.

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. 

Submit an expression of interest