English UK's board of trustees and AGM
The board of trustees of English UK and the chief executive are responsible for the conduct of the association's business outside the Annual General Meeting (AGM).
The board has 12 seats including a Chair and vice-Chair. Members serve for a maximum of three years and are eligible for re-election for a further period of three years. The Chair and vice-Chair are eligible to serve for a maximum of nine years. At least one-third of the serving members retire each year, with elections to the board taking place each year ahead of the AGM. The AGM is usually held each May at the Members' Conference.
We encourage members to participate as fully as possible in the association by voting and participating in elections to the board, supporting our campaigning and lobbying efforts, completing member surveys, and attending training and conferences including the AGM.
2022 board elections
There were seven available seats on the board of trustees for the three years from May 2022 to May 2025.
The election timetable:
- Board nominations opened on Friday 25 March
- Board nominations closed on Friday 22 April
- Voting opened on Wednesday 27 April
- Voting closed on Friday 13 May
- Result of election announced at the AGM at the Members' Conference on Friday 20 May
Members' Conference & AGM
The English UK Members' Conference is one of the highlights of the English UK calendar, giving you, our members, the chance to share your experiences, help shape the association and meet your representatives. Our next members' conference will be a hybrid event held on Friday 20 May in London at etc.venues County Hall and online.
The English UK AGM, which is held as part of the Members' Conference, is open to English UK member centres only.
The AGM's purpose is to:
- Allow members to receive and endorse reports from the trustees on the achievements and work of the association over the year including the Annual Report, financial accounts and complaint cases heard by the Ombudsman.
- Announce the results of Board elections.
- Consider any nominations for Honorary Members or Fellows.
- Make any changes to the association's rule book or constitution (the Memorandum and Articles of Association), if necessary.
- Discuss other matters that affect the entire organisation.
During the meeting members will be encouraged to vote on matters on the agenda and ask questions. At the end of the meeting, the newly elected trustees will be introduced to the membership.
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Member consultation on the English UK Rulebook (May - June 2022)
As an important part of our ongoing governance review, led by our Governance Task & Finish Group, we are asking member centres to share their views in a member consultation.
The English UK governance review
In 2021, we established the task and finish group to undertake a thorough review of English UK's constitution and make recommendations to the board and the wider membership. The English UK constitution was adopted in 2004 and the association and membership have changed significantly since then. The impact of Covid-19 has accelerated some existing trends and introduced new challenges. The board of trustees felt that the time was right to review the rules, articles of association and overall governance of English UK.
This consultation will take place in two phases. In the first phase, we are asking member centres for their feedback on a couple of specific areas: choosing the chair; and fostering diversity, inclusivity and representation. This phase closes on Monday 6 June 2022.
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Board of Trustees meeting minutes
At the 2021 English UK AGM a conference resolution on the publishing of minutes of the board of trustees meetings was passed. All minutes of board of trustees meetings, from June 2021 onwards, will be available to members here:
AGM meeting papers and minutes
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